Defending champion Johnny Arcilla will be gunning for his
ninth title as the 33rd Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings men’s singles begins today at the PCA indoor courts in Paco, Manila.
The No. 2 seed Arcilla battles Miguel Dela Paz in the first round of the tournament which offers a whopping P600,000 cash prize.
Top pick Patrick John Tierro, No. 3 Marc Anthony Reyes and fourth pick Elbert Anasta will also be taking front and center in the men’s singles event as they square off with their respective rivals in the event supported by Dunlop, Fujidenzo/Whirlpool, Babolat, Hon. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Head, Accel, Malate Bayview Mansion, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils. Inc., Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company Inc. and Seno Hardware.
Tierro faces boys’ 18-under champion Joshua Cano, Reyes meets John Jeric Accion and Anasta fights Bryan Otico.
The other intereseting matchups are fifth ranked Rolando Ruel Jr. against Jhun Anthony Alcoseba, top junior netter Alberto Lim Jr. against Antonio Sagansay, and No. 8 Roel Capangpangan against Gabby Gutierrez.
Men’s doubles matches will start on Sunday in the event also backed by United
Auctioneers Inc. Foton, Philippine Sports Commission, TLH Sports & Wellness Center/Solinco, Avida Land Corporation, Stronghold Insurance, Ryobi MHI, GMA 7 and TV 5.
Reigning champ Marian Jade Capadocia will start her campaign against the country’s top netters in the ladies’ singles on Tuesday, November 18. Matches in the ladies’ doubles division will be featured on Wednesday, November 19.
A total of P600,000 cash prize is up for grabs with the champion in the men’s singles event taking home P100,000, while the runner-up collects P50,000.