• Alcala eyes crown in Prima tourney

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    Mark Shelly Alcala CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Mark Shelly Alcala CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    YOUNG Filipino badminton sensation Mark Shelly Alcala of Allied Victor Badminton Club will smash it out in the prestigious Prima Pasta Badminton Championship 2015 slated on February 28 to March 1 at the Power Smash in Makati City.

    The 15-year-old Alcala, son of former national badminton coach Malvin Alcala and protege of business icon and former national singles and doubles champion Conrado Co during his prime, will try to sustain his winning streak in local competitions as he competes in the open singles class.

    Alcala reigned supreme in the open men’s singles of the Smart Philippine Open and Bingo Bonanza tournament last year. He also scored victory in the junior division of the 2014 Singapore Junior International Badminton Championship.

    “Marky is a top player in his class. He is a gem of an athlete at his young age and a force to reckon with locally and internationally,” said Allied Victor team manager Pacita Co.

    Besides Alcala, the younger brother of former Philippine No. 1 player Malvinne Ann, the other members of the Allied Victor team are Gelita Castillo, Kevin Alfred Dalisay, Pauline Tan, Mary Ann Maranon, Paola Beatriz Bernardo, Ethan Joshua Malelang, Lorenzo Miguel Leonardo and members of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines badminton champion team University of the Philippines.

    ”My aim is to win big at Prima Pasta, which is one of the barometers in my ambition to be a national player. I love to represent our country in international competitions. I’m optimistic that I can contribute honors and pride to our people given the proper break,” said Alcala.

    “My wish is to be guided and mentored by my father/coach (Malvin) during training and actual matches,” he added.

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