Junior aces Sarah Joy Barredo and Airah Mae Nicole Albo signed up for the Bingo Bonanza National Open badminton tournament, toughening up the field in the women’s singles when the P1.5 million event is fired off December 11 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Center.
Barredo, a double gold medal winner in the Philippine National Games, and fellow PBA Smash Pilipinas mainstay Albo represent the cream of the country’s junior crop competing in the four-day championship which also drew the likes of Mariya Angela Sevilla, Alyssa Geverjuan and Monica Arianne Rivera.
The men’s singles also features the country’s best and the brightest, headed by Toby Gadi, Rabie Jayson Oba-ob, R-Jay Ormilla, Ros Pedrosa, Wilson Lopez II, Frell Gabuelo, Alexis Geverjuan and Emilio Mangubat Jr.
Focus will also be on Mark Shelley Alcala, who will be coming into the event, sponsored by Bingo Bonanza and sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay and secretary general Rep. Albee Benitez, in top form after besting the region’s top juniors in the Singapore Youth International last month.
Meanwhile, the draw will be held tomorrow (December 5), according to the organizing EventKing Corp. The schedule will be posted on December 7 while the team managers, coaches and players meeting will be held December 9, also at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Center.
For details, visit www.bingob.com/nationalopentournament or email to EKC at firstname.lastname@example.org.