Fourteen-year-old Mark Shelley Alcala shattered top seed Toby Gadi’s cloak of invincibility in the MVP Sports Foundation-PBaRs tournament, pulling off a shocking 21-14, 21-12 upset of the seven-time Open men’s singles division champion at Robinson’s Place Manila on Thursday.
Alcala played his guts out despite suffering from diarrhea on the day of the finale, battling the more experienced Gadi shot for shot and getting the better of the exchanges en route to fashioning out the biggest upset of the tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association (PBA).
Alcala was competing in the men’s open for only the second time in his career and surprisingly struck this soon. The teener, who spoiled fellow Philippine team bet Gadi’s bid for an eighth straight open diadem.
Alcala’s elder sister Malvinne Anne also bucked a bum stomach and pulled through against Under-19 tormentor Bianca Carlos, snatching the Open women’s singles crown via a 21-18, 21-16 verdict, and completing the Alcalas’ sweep of the centerpiece Open division of the event backed by the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Philippine Sports Commission and the PBA.
Mark Alcala actually scored a twinkill as he also captured the boys singles U-19 crown at the expense of Golden Shuttle Foundation’s Nicole Clarence Filart, 21-13, 21-18 prior to his showdown with Gadi.
Carlos later got back on winning track as she nipped fellow GSF bet Patrisha Malibiran, 21-14, 21-14, for the U19 girls singles title.
In other results, second seed Mariya Anghela Sevilla upstaged top-ranked Alyssa Geverjuan, 16-21, 21-12, 21-12, in an all-Philippine team battle for the U15 girls singles crown; GSF’s Gelita Castilo and Dia Nicole Magno defeated La Salle’s Danica Bolos and Philippine STAR’s Descka Calimlim, 21-18, 21-15, for the open women’s doubles plum; University of the East’s Arman Manlalangit and Woodrose School’s Marina Caculitan trounced Whackers Badminton Academy’s Emilio Mangubat Jr. and Janelle Gloriane de Vera, 21-9, 21-15, for the U19 mixed doubles title; and Phl team’s Louis Joaquin Pangilinan beat Team JB’s Jourele Antonio, 19-21, 21-9, 21-13, for the U15 boys singles crown.