Chess prodigy to receive Outstanding Panaboan award
It was a blissful day for the DAVRAA-bound delegates, particularly for the Banana Magnate chess team as 14-year-old Japheth Aaron D. Caresosa was announced one of the recipients of the annual Outstanding Panaboan award.
The chess prodigy started playing chess at the age of 3 owing to his father’s enthusiasm in the sport, as well as his mother’s fear to let the young Japheth play outside their house. At the age of 6, he was able to play in several chess tournaments, and was awarded as the Youngest DAVRAA Player. From then on, with both his parents’ full support and his ardent drive to satisfy his hunger for the sport, Japheth was trained with several local and national chess masters. With this, he bought a ticket to several national chess tournaments where he amassed numerous awards, and was able to best other ASEAN countries in a chess tournament in Thailand last year.
Nominated by a school teacher, Japheth will receive his award, along with other Outstanding Panaboans, in the annual celebration of the Araw ng Panabo on March 31, 2017 after competing in the DAVRAA meet, and will immediately head to Davao City to compete in the National Age-Group Chess Championships: Mindanao Leg where he will vie for another ticket to the upcoming ASEAN Age Group+ Chess Championships in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
-Ken Harvey Famor
The Banana Magnates rank 2nd Runner-Up Overall DAVRAA 2017
Road to Mati City
Panabo City participates the Batang Pinoy National Finals at Davao del Norte.
Honest Magnates Return Lost Phone
The spirit of honesty was exhibited during the in-house training of the Panabo City delegation to DAVRAA 2017 last Thursday when two athletes returned a lost phone to its rightful owner.
Kenneth Gabriel Silva, 12, an athlete from A.O. Floirendo Elementary School; and Den Clark Talco, 11, from Licanan Elementary School returned a Samsung Galaxy Edge 7 phone when they noticed it unattended across their seat while eating in the mess hall.
“I am so amazed,” exclaimed the phone’s owner, also a teacher-coach, about the deed the duo had demonstrated. “Honesty comes very difficult these days, and I am glad they have shown it to me.”, she added. She is also thinking of a way she can repay this act of honesty from the athletes.
Table Tennis coach Rodalyn Beltran believes that above all the qualities of champions, this act is one of the most important.
Silva and Talco were also set as an example in a Grade 8 class of Mrs. Cilsa Bacus at Panabo National High School. “This is one of the good deeds which should be replicated by everyone,” explained Mrs. Bacus followed by claps of appreciation from the class.
Kenneth and Den Clark will try to best other table tennis players from 9 other delegations within Davao Region during the DAVRAA 2017 Meet in Mati City.
Hitting Life’s Bull’s Eye
“Once you do not love the sport, you will never really succeed.”Being true to his words, the champion coach of the DAVRAA 2016 for archery does not only love the sport; he lives it.
Tyron Dujali started off as an archery player in college when his professor introduced him to the sport. As a student, he saw his chance in the sport since he could not fare off with other sports which require immense strength and agility. With his coach’s aid and encouragement, he was able to develop his full potential in the sport. And just like that, the college-age Tyron stepped into the spotlight of his career. He was able to compete three times in the prestigious Palarong Pambansa and was also able to join a National Open Competition for Archery.
In 2005, Tyron started as a coach in Davao del Sur. The meager support from the local government did not stop him from finding ways to quench his thirst for the sport. Instead of being discouraged, coach Tyron loaned money from banks and sent solicitation letters to buy equipment for his players.
When he transferred in Panabo City, the strong support encouraged him even further to step up the trainings. In 2013, he started the rigorous training. He also let his team join in open competitions to expose the players with the top archers of the country.
Coach Tyron’s formula for success is “constant correct practice.” Being the Division IT Officer, he divides his time for work and practice. He always starts off his training by instilling in the minds and hearts of the athletes to love the sport because if they do, they themselves would strive hard to practice.
Guided by his formula, Tyron with his co-coach Lyn L. Macabulos, and the entire archery team, harvested the fruits of their labor by gobbling up all 22 gold medals in archery in the 2016 DAVRAA Meet.
The champion coach shared that becoming an archer takes determination, patience and hard work. The players should also be willing to spend time, effort and money for the game, and most importantly to love the sport with all their hearts.
“Except happiness, what my archers have shown in the games was a great accomplishment for me. I am very satisfied with their performance. They have proven that all the efforts we exerted were not in vain; and that all the time we spent together were not wasted time. Winning felt like hitting the bull’s eye.”
And true indeed, he has hit life’s bull’s-eye.
-Ken Harvey C. Famor