Category: Sports


Golf in Philippines

Golf is a relatively easy sport that requires concentration and precision.  The object of golf is to hit the ball with a club and get the ball into the hole, in the least number of strokes.  Many people consider golf an easy game to learn, but not everyone is actually good at golf. Golf is played on a golf course, and the green area is known as the fairway. The typical course consists of 18 holes, although golfers can play a 9-hole course through twice to play a full game of 18 holes.

 

Ready to tee off

Ready to tee off

The modern game golf originated in 15th Century Scotland but the game’s ancient origins are unclear and much debated.  Some historians trace the sport back to the Roman game of paganica, in which participants used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. One theory asserts that paganica spread throughout Europe as the Romans conquered most of the continent, during the first century BC, and eventually evolved into the modern game.  In Philippines, Golf is thought to have been introduced to Manila in 1886 by British people working for the Manila Railway Company. The Brits built a 3-hole course in paddy fields south of Intramuros, and by 1901 there was a 9-hole golf course next to the railway station. This was the beginning of the Manila Golf Club.  Then the Philippine Open was launched.  The Philippine Open was held in Caloocan from 1913 (natives were barred from taking part till 1928) to 1934 and the first winners were all amateur players.  The locals got a big break in 1929 when a kind-hearted American, whose identity, was unfortunately never recorded in local golf history, elected to sponsor Montes for the Philippine Open that year. Thus, Filipino Larry Montes, who honed his skills while caddying at Muni Links, became the first professional champion and his win triggered an event that was to become a milestone and changed the face of Philippine Golf.

Today, Philippines is one of the most popular golf destinations in the world because the 7,107 islands boasts of several world class golf courses where some of the international tournaments are held.  Anyone can tee off and enjoy golf hot-spots in the country with beautiful scenery, lush greens, and seaside resort venues. There are so many marvelous courses ; that many people debate as to which one should be on the top of the list because the country’s natural and scenic landscapes are complemented by world class courses designed by some of the top famous designers.  Each golf course provides an incomparable experience at a great price. Whether it’s the weather, the rate, the people, or of course the golf courses, you will have one of the best experiences in playing golf in Philippines.

One of the many scenic Golf courses of Philippines

One of the many scenic Golf courses of Philippines

Some of the Best Golf Clubs In The Philippines

1)       Santa Elena Golf Club

2)       Canlubang Golf & CC

3)       Riviera Golf and Country Club

4)       Sun Valley

5)       Tagaytay Highlands International Midlands course

6)       Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club

7)       Rancho Palos Verdes – Davao

8)       Splendido Taal Residential Golf & Country Club

9)       Camp John Hay

10)    Manila Southwoods

11)    Sherwood Hills

12)    Manila Golf & Country Club

13)    Fairways & Bluewater Golf & Country Club

14)    Apo Golf & Country Club

15)    Wack wack Golf & Country Club

Cycling in Philippines

Cycling

Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century and since then they were employed for many reasons such as for transportrecreation, work, sport, shows, and for exercise.  The number of cycles is estimated at around one billion worldwide, twice as many as automobiles.  Persons engaged in cycling are referred to as “cyclists”, or “bicyclists”.  In USA, people use bikes for slimming and for burning down calories. Cycles are very popular in some countries like China, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Switzerland, Japan & Norway because people use the bicycles for transportation needs on short trips as an alternative to automobilles, for going to work, transport of goods, and for recreation purposes.

Road side cycling

In Philippines, cycling is also called as biking.  Filipinos use cycles mainly for recreation, for exercise, for transport, and of course, for sports.  As a sport, the Filipino people love cycling and they organize local cycling events each year.  In 1955, The Le Tour de Filipinas was organized and won by Antonio Arzala, a Filipino cyclist.  It is a professional road bicycle racing stage race held in Luzon, Philippines held annually as part of the UCI Asia Tour, the first and only local road race sanctioned by the Swiss-based Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Tour

 

Le Tour De Filipinas is held in April every year.  While the course changes every year, the tour traditionally ends at Rizal Park, Manila. Its previous names included the Tour of Luzon, Marlboro Tour, Tour of CALABARZON, Tour Pilipinas and Padyak Pinoy, before carrying the current name. The 2013 edition of the race was won by Iranian cyclist, Ghader Mizbani held last April 13-16, 2013.  Mr. Bert Lina, considered as the messiah of Philippine cycling, conceived the Le Tour as a vehicle for sports tourism and welcomed international entries. It was also his way of upgrading the quality of cycling in the country and challenging Filipino riders to defend the home turf.

 

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Mountain Climbing in The Philippines

Mountain Climbing

If you have a passion for heights and adrenaline rush, then mountain climbing is the best for you this summer in Philippines. Mountain climbing takes more than just courage to discover different mountain terrains in the country. You need good climbing gear, a healthy body, and the will to face unexpected change of weather conditions until you reach the summit. Mountain climbing is a lifestyle sport involving hiking and trekking through rugged terrain, camping, climbing over rocks, fallen trees and logs, passing by thick vegetation, crossing rivers, and exploring the great outdoors. This feat requires a great deal of patience, physical endurance, motivation, and presence of mind. Only a few people get to appreciate this activity because climbing any mountain is a very difficult activity. Aside from struggling and reaching the peak, you have to carry loads of other things to survive such as climbing gear, cooking utensils, food, your tent, and water.  You also need a good pair of hiking shoes and backpack. Most of all, you must learn the basic survival skills coz you never know what happens when you are up there. The person who loves to climb mountains is usually referred to as a mountaineer.

Mountain range in PH

 

 

Popular Mountain Destinations in Philippines

  1. Mount Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas – Around 2 – 3 hours bus ride from Metro Manila, this mountain is ideal for beginners who just want to have a relatively easy and refreshing hike.
  2. Mount Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas – It’s a 3 to 4 hour hike along open windy trails, with nice views and mountain landscapes. This can also be day hiked or camped overnight and is good for beginners.
  3. Mount Pulag in Benguet – this is the coldest mountain in the Philippines, where sometimes temperatures go down to -5 degrees Celsius during the evening and dawn. Views of the mountain’s so called “Mossy Forests,” “Grasslands,” and the “Sea of Clouds”. Awaiting at the summit during sunrise are a few of the highlights, and it is the country’s third highest mountain.
  4. Mount Makiling in Laguna – The trail in this mountain is heavily vegetated, where one should go over or crawl under fallen logs and navigate through dense vegetation composed of thorny rattan plants. Blood leeches (locally known as limatik) abound in this mountain but only during the rainy season.
  5. Mount Tapulao in Iba, Zambales – Mountaineers fondly call this mountain “The Long and Endless Road,” referring to the seemingly endless hike with an average of 12 to 14 hours going up to the summit alone
  6. Mount Apo, Davao Del Sur– the highest mountain in the Philippines, and is the grandfather of Philippine mountains. Climbing Mount Apo is every Filipino mountaineer’s dream. With its so-called “Mossy Forests,” “The Boulders,” the extinct crater, the “Lake Venado” (which is the highest lake in the country) and the summit itself, this mountain’s breathtaking landscapes are truly a sight to behold.
  7. Mount Pico de Loro, Cavite– If you are interested in getting unusual animals and plants, this mountain has a considerable supply of exotic flora and fauna.
  8. Mount Daguldol, Batangas – There’s a golf course-like summit that will surely give you fewer struggles and more comfort upon reaching the top, it is good for beginners.
  9. Mount Ugu, Benguet – beautiful scenery and spectacular views awaits everyone who wishes to reach the summit of this mountain.
  10. Mount Pinatubo, Zambales – This once active volcano has gained popularity because the caldera formed and Lake Pinatubo has since become a tourist attraction.

Beautiful Mountain Ranges

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White Water Rafting

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If you love extreme adventures and adrenaline rush, then white water rafting is for you. White water rafting is a challenging recreational outdoor activity where you use inflatable rafts to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on white waters or different degrees of rough waters, in order to generate thrill and excitement for the rafters. The development of this activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the mid-1970s. It is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous.

Rafts in white water are very different vehicles than canoes or kayaks and have their own specific techniques to maneuver through whitewater obstacles. White water rafting can be a dangerous sport, especially if basic safety precautions are not observed. White water rafting is often played for the adrenaline rush and this can become a problem for participants’ safety.

Adventure Sports in Philippines

Adventure Sports in Philippines

Thrilling and exciting, the Philippine white water rafting experience offers so much more. The Philippines’ wonderful scenery, majestic mountains, and beautiful waterfalls have made the Philippines a prime destination for adventurous whitewater enthusiasts, with around five river trails to choose from.  Whitewater rafting is one of the newest extreme adventure sports to hit the Philippines and the famous place is Cagayan de Oro. In fact, it is already called as the water rafting capital of the country because Cagayan De Oro river has breathtaking rapids that provide the more adventurous traveler with thrills and challenges of rapids intervals not less than 10–15 minutes of each other. The Cagayan de Oro River has everything that makes for a memorable experience with the awesome roar and power of water cascading over rocks and boulders.

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Cock Fighting (Sabong)

2 roosters - Gamecocks - ready to fight

2 roosters – Gamecocks – ready to fight

Cock fighting is said to be the world’s oldest spectator sport. It goes back 6,000 years in Persia.  A cock-fight is a blood sport between two roosters (cocks), or more accurately gamecocks, held in a ring called a cockpit. The combatants, referred to as gamecocks, are specially bred birds, conditioned for increased stamina and strength.  Cocks are given the best of care until near the age of two years old. They are conditioned, much like professional athletes prior to events or shows.

Cockfighting or Sabong as it is known in the Philippines is a multi-billion dollar industry. It is a popular way of gambling, but it is also seen as a national sport. There are illegal and legal cockfights. Legal cockfights are held in cockpits while Illegal cockfights, called tupada or tigbakay, are held in secluded cockpits where the authorities would not be able to operate raids. There are two kinds of knives used in Philippine cockfighting. The single edge blade (use in derbies) and double edged blades, lengths of knives also vary.  All knives are attached on the left leg of the cock. But depending on the agreement between owners, blades can be attached on the right leg, or even on both legs. Sabong and illegal tupada, are judged by a referee called sentensyador, whose verdict is final and not subject to any appeal. Bets are usually taken by the kristo, known as such for his outstretched hands when calling out wagers from the audience and skillfully doing so purely from memory.

Sabong is so popular in the country that many households in rural areas raise and own fighter cocks, invest a huge amount in feeds and supplements for their fighting cocks, each one vying to win the derby. Huge amount of money is involved during derbies as spectators also bet with each other while watching the fight, thus, it is a combination of sport and also a kind of gambling. The Philippines has hosted several World Slasher Cup derbies, held twice a year and staged in Araneta Coliseum. The world’s leading game fowl breeders gather twice a year during this event.

Referee drops cocks back to the ground

Referee drops cocks back to the ground

 

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Paraw Regatta Boat Race

Paraw Regatta Boat Race

Every year, thousands of local and foreign spectators who have a passion for boat racing, fishing, sailing, and sailboat designing line up the beaches of Iloilo city to witness, participate, and celebrate the annual Paraw Regatta Festival.  It is the oldest traditional craft event in Asia, and the largest sailing event in the Philippines held in Iloilo every year since 1973.  Paraw Regatta is actually an exciting boat race from the island of Iloilo to the island of Guimaras using a boat called Paraw with the wind as  its source of power and motion.  Paraw is a Visayan double outrigger sail boat  which consists of the outrigger, the hull, and the sails.  This native boat is a strikingly fast boat, making 20 to 30 kph through the waves and used by the locals everyday as a means of inter island transportation and a source of livelihood.

Paraw Racing attracts a lot of participants from different provinces and also attracts thousands of tourist from around the world.  The boats have to sail more than 30 kilometers distance and is divided into three categories according to waterline length. During the event, people feast their eyes on the hundreds of beautiful, bright, vibrant and colorful paraw boats speeding and chasing each other to the finish line.  The objective of the Regatta is to celebrate the skills of the paraw sailors, and bring a fiesta spirit into their lives.  And with the colorful painted sails, this spirit is brought into the lives of participants and tourists as well.

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Featured Sports

A very popular game in Philippines, billiards is enjoyed by both men and women of all ages.  Billiards, also known as pocket billiards is the family of cue sports and games played on a pool table having six receptacles called pockets along the rails, into which balls are deposited as the main goal of play.

This is a sport wherein the height and weight of the player doesn’t matter but requires great skills, strategy and abilities to win.  This is also a sport wherein several Filipinos have excelled in and became famous in the world of sports.  Known world class Filipino players in the sports include Efren Reyes, Francisco Bustamante, Dennis Orcollo, Ronato Alcano, Rodolfo Luat and Alex Pagulayan among others.

 

Efren Bata Reyes “The Magician”

He is by far the most famous billiards player in the world.  A 2-time world champion, Reyes is considered to be one of the all-time greatest players in the games of 9 balls. As a player in professional pool, Reyes has been known to have won a number of money-rich tournaments worldwide. This makes him one of the most profitable players around the world.

His fame bagan when he won the US Open Nine Ball Championship in 1994 by defeating Nick Varner in the finals. He was the first non-American to win the event. He has topped the AZ Billiards Money List five times: in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006.  In 2006, he set a record by earning $646K in a single year.  Numerous fellow professional players have credited Reyes with being the greatest living player in the world.  He was called the “magician” because of his extraordinary shots in billiards.  Before starting his career, Efren used to work as a billiards attendant at his uncle’s billiards hall, where he started learning the various cue sports.

 

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Basketball In Philippines

Basketball is one of the world’s most popular and widely viewed sports. It is also the most popular sport in the Philippines, played on both the amateur and professional levels. Filipinos are crazy over basketball.  Basketball fanatics all over Philippines have their own favorite team which they support through-out each season, whether its purely PBA (Philippine Basketball Association), or NBA (National Basketball Association).  In the 1950s, the Philippine team was among the best basketball teams in the world after winning two consecutive Asian Games basketball gold medals (1951, 1954). United States introduced the sport of Basketball through the YMCA in the Philippine Islands in- between 1898-1900.

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)

The PBA or Philippine Basketball Association is the first professional basketball association in Asia and the second oldest in the world after the NBA.  It is composed of 10 company-branded franchised teams.  All franchises are owned by corporations. They are not based on geographic locale, so they do not play in a “home stadium.” The league rents the different stadiums in which the teams play.  A team’s name is often divided into three parts; the first is the company name, then the product, then a nickname – usually connected to the business of the company.

PBA  was established in 1975 and has produced a number of Most Valuable Players or MVP like Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, William Adornado, Benjie Paras, Danny Ildefonso, James Yap, Alberto Guidaben, Willie Miller, Robert Jaworski, Allan Caidic, Vergel Meneses, Kenneth Duremdes, Atoy Co, Johnny Abarrientos, Ricky Brown, Philip Cezar. When it comes to Basketball, Filipinos are die-hard fans and “addicted” to the sports.  Basketball is a part of Filipino life.

 

 

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Boxing In Philippines

History
In Philippines, boxing started before the Spaniards and Americans arrived. Filipinos have their own kind of boxing known as Suntukan, which means “bare-hand fighting”, generally believed to have evolved from a Filipino knife fighting technique called “Kali”. During the Spanish colonization, such martial arts and kind of fighting were banned, so it was driven in the undergrounds where the deprivation of knives and rattan sticks lead to fist fighting. Some reports told that the evolution of boxing started when American soldiers brought the modern boxing in the Philippines where evidences of a pair boxing gloves were made by Sol Levinson of San Francisco and another story telling that a renegade soldier brought some boxing gloves to Filipino prisoners and taught them how to use it. However, it was generally believed that three Americans were responsible for the evolution of boxing in the country namely: Frank Churchill and the Tait brothers.


Manny “PACMAN” Pacquiao

He is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. He is the first eight-division world champion, in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the Lineal Championship in four different weight classes. He started his boxing career at the age of 14. Born from a very poor family, Manny dropped out of high school due to extreme poverty. He left his home at age 14 because his mother, who had six children, was not making enough money to support her family. At the age of 14, Pacquiao moved to Manila and lived, for a time, on the streets. He started boxing and made the Philippine national amateur boxing team where his room and board were paid for by the government. Pacquiao started his professional boxing career when he was just 16 years of age, stood at 4’11” and weighed 98 pounds (7 pounds under the minimumweigh division). He admitted before American media that he put weights in his pockets to make the 105-pound weight limit.

Pacquiao reportedly had an amateur record of 64 fights (60–4). He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA “Fighter of the Year,”winning the award in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011. He was long rated as the best pound for pound boxer in the world by some sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec and The Ring. Till date, Pacquiao has 54 Wins, 4 Losses, and 2 Draws. No one expects that Pacquiao will be the greatest Filipino fighter ever and one of the greatest the world have ever seen.

 

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