MANILA, Philippines - Nonie Alvarez, Jovito Teneza and Jerwinn Ching expectedly topped their pet events to share the limelight in the practical competition of the Philippine National Shooting Association’s 2012 National Open held recently at the Marines Shooting Range in Fort Bonifacio, Makati.
Teneza ruled the 48-round open competition by edging out Eduardo Yao and Ching in one of the hotly-contested events of the aggrupation organized by PNSA headed by Harbour Centre president and CEO Mikee Romero.
“We’re happy with the large turnout of participants. The competition itself was impressive as some events were decided by a shoot-off. It’s a good indication,” said Romero, who is also into polo. “With the excitement generated by this tournament, we hope to lure more shooting enthusiasts to join the association.”
Ching, however, rebounded mightily to win the WA1500 men’s pistol and men’s 480-round production (men) while Alvarez lorded over the WA1500 revolver and WA 1500 revolver senior.
According to Romero, the three other aggrupations – pistol, rifle, shotgun and non-issf – also held their own tournaments with Olympian Eric Ang (shotgun), Tac Padilla (pistol), Julius Valdez (rifle) and Randy Paronda and Maria Theresa Clutario (N-ISSF Aggrupation) dominating their events.
“This is perhaps the biggest national tournament by an NSA in recent years,” said Romero, who likewise challenged all the winners to prepare themselves for a major international event the country is planning to host early next year.
Other big winners were Geraldyn Cruz (women’s 48 rounds open), Clutatio (women’s WA 1500 pistol, 48-round), Gilbert Ng (48-round standard), Jose Mari Cortez ( 48-round production veteran), Gail Basa (women’s 48-round production) and Emil Llames (48-round open veteran).
Equally sharp and deadly were Ariel Santos (action shotgun semi-auto), Grace Cadiz, Tony Lozano, Boy Tronqued (shotgun super senior award), Gerry Manabat (action shotgun pump), Jerry Sun (action rifle .22 semi-auto), Felino Neri (action rifle .22 pump) and Marlon Tronqued (junior award).