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Freedom Day golf tourney blasts off June 12

By DAVID CASUCO

LOS ANGELES – Filipino-American parbusters will see along the way a brand-new Mercedes Benz C-300 sitting on one of the par-3 holes during the Philippine Independence Day golf tournament set to be held on June 12, 2011 at the Westridge Golf Club in La Habra, California.

That brand new car and other fabulous prizes and surprises await the skilled and lucky golfers who will be declared winners after the one-day, 18-hole golfest. A total of nine winners will be feted during the post-tournament dinner. The top three players in the four divisions – Division A, B, C, and Callaway will receive trophies. Of course, the player who will score a hole-in-one first will get the fancy car.

L-R: Leo Maranan, Encino Mercedes Benz rep, Annie Cuevas, Manny Ilagan

“The designated hole-in-one is the 197-yard Hole #7, one of the toughest holes on the Westridge course, with a pair of monsters guarding the green. The hole is reachable with seven-eight iron and, you will never know… a lucky bounce here and there, and presto somebody will ride home with a Benz,” said DoT-LA Deputy Director Manny Ilagan, who is also the golf tournament director.

Also, as an added bonanza, players get the chance to win other handsome prizes, including a round-trip plane ticket to the Philippines, which will be raffled off during the testimonial dinner.
The tournament is under the auspices of the Kalayaan 2011 Steering Committee under its overall chairman Leo Maranan, and by the Philippine Tourism Office-Los Angeles under Director Annie Cuevas-Lim. The annual sporting event will follow a Callaway format and a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Pre-tournament activities and registration, however, starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.

During the press conference at the Kapistahan Grill on Temple Street, Filipinotown, Ms. Cuevas-Lim personally extended an invitation to Fil-Am golfers to join the sporting event because this is another way of honoring the homeland’s freedom day. “We are excited to invite golfers to join us at the Philippine Independence Day golf tournament. This sporting event is another meaningful way to celebrate our country’s freedom… this is the time for camaraderie and goodwill, and what better way to do it in a fun and friendly game of golf,” said Cuevas-Lim.

For his part, Leo Maranan, likewise extended his personal invite to Pinoy divot diggers saying this sporting activity is a perfect setting where we can come together as Filipino-Americans to remember the greatness of our heritage.
Registration is now going on in earnest . There are limited slots, so that Fil-Am golfers are advised to book their reservations early. Registration fee is pegged at $100; checks are payable to Westridge Golf Club. The amount covers green fees, cart, one raffle ticket, and a sumptuous after-tournament buffet dinner.

Interested players may register by calling the Philippine Tourism Office, 213.487.4525, Leo Maranan 818.642.7109, Lydia Soriano 562.310.8144, Rey Balbin 714.863.1298, Allan Rivano 323.459.6727, Jobert Mata 619.252.7102, and Freddie Bihis 858.335.1925.

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