Young turk Mark Alcala, Jon Masongsong and five other Allied Victor bets rolled past their respective rivals in straight-set fashions while three each from Ateneo, Adamson and Smash Pilipinas teams pulled through in the P1.5 million Bingo Bonanza National Open Badminton Championships at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Center on Thursday.
The 15-year-old Alcala, the current toast of Philippine junior badminton, eased out Team Prima’s Neil Pineda, 21-3, 21-17, to arrange a second round duel with FEU’s Josh Maquelabit while Masongsong toppled Adamson’s Johnrick Macabenta, 21-7, 21-12, but will face top seed Toby Gadi of Smash Pilipinas in the next round of the top ranking event sponsored by Bingo Bonanza.
Five other Allied Victor bets romped away with victories to underscore the team’s bid in the premier men’s Open singles with Carl Clemente toppling Matthew Tumbali of Royal K, 21-6, 21-8; Gerald Sibayan thwarting Carlos Benipayo, 21-17, 21-19; Garreth Dizer routing Macky Tumbali, 21-3, 21-2; Ethan Malelang disposing of Rey Gilongos, 21-15, 21-9; and Lance Bautista downing Gerloth Delizo, 21-14, 21-15.
Ateneo’s Clarence Filart repulsed Benjie Silva, 21-17, 25-23; Carlo Remo thumped Beam Cabilan, 21-10, 21-13; and Kyle Gosiaco survived Mark Sotea, 21-14, 19-21, 21-15; and Adamson’s Jerome Pechera defeated Arman Manlalangit, 22-20, 21-13; John Bergantin bundled out Alberto Hilario, 21-15, 21-13; and EJ Viloria thwarted Christian Torres, 24-22, 21-16.
Members of the national pool Smash Pilipinas also stamped their class in the four-day championship organized by EventKing Corp. and sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association with Emilio Mangubat Jr. whipping Karl Zamoranos, 21-9, 21-8; Alexis Geverjuan beating Mark Magboo, 21-15, 21-17; and Frell Gabuelo bucking Orlan Ticala, 22-20, 21-11.
Fancied Malvinne Alcala and Gelita Castilo, also of Allied Victor, likewise romped off with easy victories in women’s Open singles with the former outclassing Dia Magno, 21-9, 21-7, and the latter overwhelming Sam Ramos, 21-10, 21-16.
Others who advanced in the 32-player draw were Alyssa Geverjuan and Patricia Malibiran of Smash Pilipinas, Annelyn Alba of Team Prima, Janel Dihiansan, Samantha Santos and Nicole Nieto of Ateneo, Christine Garin of Adamson, and Mary Ann Maranon of Allied Victor,
Geverjuan held off Cassandra Lim, 21-19, 21-17; Malibiran upended Mariya Sevilla, 19-21, 21-14, 21-18; Alba routed Jhay Anne Macabenta, 21-12, 21-9; Dihiansan clobbered Bettina Felipe, 21-5, 21-9; Santos thwarted Kristina Tan, 15-21, 21-14, 21-12; Nieto eased out Kyla Lim, 21-15, 21-17; Garin prevailed over Therese Tumbali, 21-17, 21-12; and Maranon blasted Janelle de Vera, 21-13, 21-18.
Second round matches in the 64-player men’s Open singles draw were still being played at presstime along with the men’s doubles and mixed doubles while action in the women’s Open singles resumes at 9 a.m. today with quarterfinal berths at stake.