P1M FDG Cup lures stellar cast

The Philippine Star

Posted at Sep 30 2012 12:21 PM | Updated as of Sep 30 2012 08:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The country’s leading players, led by Malvinne Ann Alcala, Gelita Castilo, Toby Gadi and Joper Escueta, showcase their talent and skills in doubles play as they vie for top honors in the P1 million FDG Cup Open and Invitational Badminton Championships next weekend at Powersmash in Pasong Tamo, Makati.

Alcala, the Singapore Juniors champion, teams up with Indonesian Lily Wang while Castilo combines with Dia Magno as they banner the 29-pair Open women’s field in the event, set Oct. 5-6.

The event drew a total cast of 393 players, including national team players, members of the Phl pool and mainstays of various collegiate teams.

Bianca Carlos, winner of the Open and Under-19 crowns in the Cebu leg of the PBaRS (Philippine Badminton Ranking System) last May, links up with Indon I Komang Wijaya as they head the field in the 32-team Open mixed doubles of the annual tournament held in honor of Robinsons Land Corp. president Frederick Go.

Gadi, who swept the first five Open men’s singles in the PBaRS circuit, will also have Wijaya as partner as they banner the 53-team Open men’s double cast that includes Escueta and Ariel Magnaye, last year’s runner-up Ariel delos Santos and Gabriel Villanueva and defending champions Ronel Estanislao and Paul Vivas.

To spice up the event, staged by the business partners of RLC in cooperation with the Partners Cup as part of FDG’s continuing commitment to help develop and promote the sport, organizers have invited world No. 5 Simon Santoso and reigning All England Badminton Open mixed doubles champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir to play exhibition matches with FDG and Kennevic Asuncion in the final day.

Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and doubles specialist Koo Kean Kiat of Malaysia graced last year’s staging of the event, which stakes a whopping P200,000 purse for the men’s doubles champions, P40,000 more than last year’s prize.

The mixed doubles winners will get P120,000 while the ladies doubles champions will receive P90,000, making it the richest ever in any Open doubles competitions.

For details, call/text 0932-8573431 c/o Glenn Encarnacion or Richard Bautista or log on to www.fdgcup.com.

Actress Iza Calzado will also grace the event as host while Giselle Sanchez and Brod Pete will provide entertainment during awards rites of the event also held to promote fitness and health and at the same time foster camaraderie among the management and staff of RLC) and its business partners, including architects, consultants, project managers, contractors and suppliers and friends.