Joper Escueta and Peter Gabriel Magnaye of Team Prima ruled the men’s doubles open of three national badminton competitions this summer that made them a duo to reckon with this year.
The pairing of Escueta and Magnaye had captured the 5th Ming Ramos National Open Youth Camp last May 14 to 18 in Manila, PBaRS Season 2 fifth leg in Cebu City last May 19-23 and the Philippine National Games (PNG) last May in Dumaguete City.
“It’s a great feeling that we dominated the three biggest national badminton tourneys this summer,” said Escueta and Magnaye. “We would like to thank our benefactor Alex Lim for the continued support and our coaches in the Philippine team.”
Escueta and Magnaye defeated Paul Vivas and Ronel Estanislao, 21-18, 21-17, to cop the Ming Ramos Cup men’s open doubles title, while Team Prima’s Sonny Boy Montilla and Greg Paz settled for the third place in that event.
The No. 7 Escueta and Magnaye also beat the top seeded Estanislao and Vivas, 21-11, 21-19, to capture the open men’s doubles title and the top P70, 000 cash prized of PBaRS season 2.
Prima players Aries Delos Santos and Gabriel Villanueva settled for third place in that category.
Escueta and Magnaye outfought fellow national players Andrei Babad and Jefferson Vivas, 21-16, 21-8, to win the PNG men’s doubles open trophy.
Kevin Cudiamat, also a member of Team Prima, took the first runner up honor in the men’s open singles class at the PNG badminton event after yielding to fellow national player Antonino Benjamin Gadi, 7-21, 12,-21.
Wilson Joseph Lopez settled for third in the boys’ singles 17-U.
Greg Paz and Jen Cayetano captured the mixed doubles event by beating Gabriel Villanueva and Deska Calimlim, 13-21, 21-18, 21-18. Nina Carmela Zamora was a semifinalist in the girls’ 15 singles and doubles event.
Escueta, 18, also a member of the National University Bulldogs, bashed fellow national player Paul Vivas, 21-15, 17-21, 21-16, in a thrilling match that lasted 50 minutes to capture the men’s open singles title of the Ming Ramos Cup.