The Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAP) conducted a three-day clinic for 150 children in Marinduque recently as part of its effort to promote the sport across the country.
TATAP president Ting Ledesma and Marinduque vice-governor Tonton Uy, MD, presided over the free clinic.
“I would love to support the sports development program in the grassroots level and give the children an opportunity to excel in table tennis, possibly get scholarships from various universities in Manila and then give glory to Marinduque and the Philippines someday,” said Uy.
Besides the free clinic, TATAP also held a mini-tournament in Sta. Cruz town and gave away free racquet woods and rubbers to participants.
“It’s the plan of TATAP to conduct regular table tennis clinic and tournaments everywhere in the Philippines to sustain the program. We are very happy that most government leaders are helping us implement our programs,” Ledesma said.
The champions in the beginners class were Niel Edrei, Edrian Frias 1st runner-up, Jeriel Ricamara 2nd runner-up and Benedict Privado 3rd runner-up; Elementary champion Gia Recto, Aldrin Baligwas first runner-up, Hanzel Ordillano 2nd runner-up and Jeric Pascual third runner up.
Rubber Champion Michael Sosa, John Rober Manlisis first runner-up, Kenrich Manlisis second runner-up and Nolan Manlisis third runner up; Liha champion Louie Pineda, Kim Villaruel first runner-up and Mark Ian Malabana second runner up.