LGBT hail Pride Cup

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Team Circle outlasted Team Braganza, 25-23, 25-20, 12-25, 25-19 to claim the first-ever Quezon City Pride Volleyball Cup championship held over the weekend at the Amoranto Sports Complex.

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Team Circle took home the P20,000 top purse, a trophy and medals.

Sesahood, meanwhile, finished third after trouncing Joan’s Angels in straight sets, 25-13, 25-23, 26-24.

The other special awardees were James Uy of Braganza (Best Spiker), Mishka Manalang of Sesahood (2nd Best Spiker), Kenneth Valencia of Sesahood (1st Best Middle Blocker) and Jan Jan Lu of Team Circle (2nd Best Middle Blocker).

Rico Fumar of Braganza was hailed Best Libero while the Best Opposite Spiker was awarded to Rodel Facundo of Braganza.

The finals Most Valuable Player was Jolas Lopez of Team Circle. The other teams that competed in the tourney were IEM A and B, Pink Warriors A, B, C and D, Stallion, and CVG.

“This QC Pride Cup is an opportunity for us to show to Quezon City how much we love the sport and the entire LGBT community,” Pen Nelson, one of competing players told The Manila Times in Filipino.

“This is the first time we join this kind of big competition and it really boosts our confidence,” he added.

Presented by Sports Core, the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LBGT) community showed their volleyball prowess in the tournament spearheaded by QC 1st District councilor Mayen Juico.

“We are happy to successfully stage this first ever Pride Cup,” said Juico.

Juico, is the daughter of Philippine Super Liga Chairman Philip Ella Juico.

The younger Juico said that the tournament proves their commitment in staying true to their advocacy of developing the community and giving fair chances to the LGBT community.

“I am very happy because this is history in the making. This is actually an expression of the concept of sports for all that every person has the right to play the sport he or she wants to play,” said PSL chair Juico.

Juico added that he hopes the tournament would inspire other cities and municipalities to come up with their own versions of Pride Cup.

In September 2014, the legislative body of QC has passed on second reading an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression in the city.

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