(STAR) SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson - As expected, an avalanche of entries came in for the NBA All-Star Weekend contest we launched last Friday. We chose 30 lucky Star readers–from over a thousand who sent in entries – to take home a 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend body T-shaped bag each.

For the record, the answers to our three questions are: 1. LeBron James, the 2008 All-Star Game MVP. 2. Phoenix, the next All-Star Weekend host. 3. Chris Paul, the losing finalist in the Skills Challenge.

Each entry also had an essay, in 100 words or less, on why this year’s All-Star Weekend was “where amazing happened.” All the entry forms will be forwarded to the NBA Asia office in Hong Kong for filing and data-base processing.

Here are the 30 winners.

• Mark Edwin Garcia, 23. Registered Nurse, Bayan-Bayanan, Malabon.

• Marineth Ronquillo, 26. Executive Secretary, San Andres Bukid, Manila.

• Paul Albert Pablo, 39. Operations Manager, Thumbs-Up Advertising, Intramuros.

• Leonardo Aran, 57. Mechanical Engineer, Barangay Calumpang, Binangonan.

• Allan Managuit, 33. Systems Administrator, Transnational Logistics Solutions Corp., Port Area.

• Willie Monzon, 53. Creative Services and Logistics Manager, EMI Philippines, Inc., Quezon City.

• Gabriel Cagadas, 21. Gasoline Station Attendant, Barangay Sta. Lucia, Pasig.

• Marvin Gula, 23. Supervisor, PTT gasoline station, Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City.

• Yvonne Gracious Tiamzon, 12. Grade 5, College of the Holy Spirit, Tarlac City.

• Emilio Manza, Jr., 35. Security Guard, Unilever, Paco, Manila.

• Arturo Alcantara, Jr., 29. Waiter, Sgt. Esguerra Street, South Triangle, Quezon City.

• Sereno Sarabia, 56. Employee, First Consolidated Bank, Taloto District, Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

• Joselino Sucion, 27. Accountant, COA Central Office, Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City.

• John de la Cruz, 26. Messenger, Burgos Streeet, Paco, Manila.

• Benedict Emmanuel Uy, 10. Grade 5, La Salle Green Hills, 1608 P. Lim Street, Malate.

• Marlou Ponte, 48. Employee, Land Bank, Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

• EgmidioVargas, Jr., 51. Owner, car wash, Sta. Lucia, Pasig.

• Jomar Mongaya, 26. Specialist, UG Globe Telecom, Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong.

• Jess Carpena, 38. Businessman, Market Area, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

• Angelina Cruz, 19. Third Year College, Lyceum, Intramuros.

• Maricel Estrebillo, 19. Benedictine School, Filinvest II, Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

• Matthew Lester Liao, 22. Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate, Trinity University of Asia, Brixton Hill Extension, Araneta Subdivision, Quezon City.

• Hubbel Reyes, 44. Businessman, Calla Lily Street, Dominic I Subdivision, Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City.

• Paulina Vergara, 19. Second Year College, Far Eastern University, Manila.

• Mylene Morastil, 38. Administrative Assistant, Beacon Communications, E. Rodriguez Ave., Tanay, Rizal.

• Vivian Porras, 32. Executive Assistant, Radi• Inc., Pantaleon Street, Barranca Itaas, Mandaluyong.

• Allan Calura, 31. Messenger, 18 GOC Street Housing, Paldit, Sison, Pangasinan.

• Amy Dawal, 50. Travel Agent, Spectrum Travel, Mandaluyong.

• Jerome Caparas, 14. Student, University of the East, Kamuning, Quezon City.

• Sam Aquino, 17. Call Center Agent, Marikina.

Winners may claim their prizes from Babes Angat on the third floor, ECJ Building, Arzobispo corner Real, Intramuros. For details, call tel. No. 527-6007.

Watch for our next NBA contest. We’ll be giving away limited edition NBA messenger bags during the playoffs!

WW to remain RP Open home? Wednesday, April 2, 2008

With its three-year hosting of the Philippine Open ending this year, Wack Wack is confident it will still earn the nod of the Asian Tour to keep the country’s premier golf championship on its turf for the next Open stagings.

While other golf courses can offer the same challenge, they probably could not match the huge turnout of fans which Wack Wack could offer because of its accessibility to the public, according to Wack Wack director and former Comelec chief Ben Abalos.

“With its accessibility, we are assured of the crowd which helps make a major golfing event prestigious,” said Abalos.

Wack Wack has hosted the RP Open since the mid 1930s after the championship moved from its original home at the old Manila Golf and Country Club in Caloocan in 1934.

Although other courses like Valley, Camp John Hay in Baguio, Apo Golf in Davao, Southwoods and Riviera in Cavite, and Mt. Malarayat in Lipa, Batangas, have staged the championship, they have failed to draw as much as interest, attention and the crowd as when it was held at Wack Wack.

“The sponsors have been very happy with the Open at Wack Wack because they get maximum exposure of their respective products because of the crowd draw,” said DOTC Secretary and NGAP (National Golf Association of the Phils.) president Leandro Mendoza.

No other course has indeed attracted huge Open weekend crowd than the Mandaluyong City course, which also offers a different kind of challenge for the men of the tour with its tight and hazard-laden layout plus subtle terrors lurking in its ancient trees and snarling roughs.

To spruce up the tough par-72 layout, the management of Wack Wack has closed the east course the last two weeks with repairs done as early as December last year.

“If it’s at Wack Wack, it’s prestigious,” said Abalos, beaming with pride. – Dante Navarro


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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