MANILA, Philippines -- The Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) returns in blazing fashion to host the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 2019, from May 23 to May 26 at the White House Beach Resort in Boracay Station 1.
Forty-eight teams from countries all over the world will compete in the event, which will be shown on an ABS-CBN Sports platform.
Twenty-eight teams will compete in the men's division, while 20 pairs will battle in the women's division for the tournament that is being held in the country for the second straight year.
The Philippines will be represented by three teams in the men's division, and five in the women's division.
Competing in the women's division are: Dij Rodriguez and BVR founder Bea Tan; University of Santo Tomas's (UST) Genesa Eslapor and Belove Barbon; Iloilo's DM Demontano and Jackie Estiquia; the Iloilo and Negros connection of Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain; and the team of Bernadeth Pons and UAAP beach volleyball queen, Sisi Rondina.
Leading the battle in the men's division is the Cebuano pair of Jade Becaldo and Mike Abria. They will be joined by the likes of teammates Ranran Abdilla and Jesse Lopez, and the pair of James Buytrago and Anthony Arbasto from National University and UST respectively.
The winning teams will earn points and get a shot at joining the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour finals.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is the new system which employs star points for the biggest circuit of beach volleyball in the world. Teams that accumulate certain points from competing in tournaments that enables them to earn star points over a total of 47 tournaments in a calendar year.
Aside from the three-day tournament, BVR is also spearheading a beach cleanup drive in Boracay along with a Sandroots Beach Volleyball workshop with the players teaching aspiring youth about the sport.
"We're looking at this FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour as a long term project," said Tan. "We want to annually be able to hold this big tournament here which is not only an opportunity for our beach volleyball aficionados but for the international community to take notice of the Philippines' potential as a beach volleyball hub."
BVR had another calendar year in 2018, where it successfully staged nine two-day tourneys, visiting provinces and their breath-taking beaches in Ikthus beach, Ilocos Sur, White Beach, Puerto Galera, Sta. Ana Cagayan, Bantayan Cebu, Blue Beach Dagupan, Legaspi, Gran Ola Surigao, Lio Beach El Nido, and Dumaguete, while also holding a national championship tourney and a FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour leg.
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