February 24, 2024

With the indulgence of Baguio Midland Courier, permit me to use my space to extend my thanks and appreciation to the friends, partners and sponsors who made the annual EMA Cup Golf Tournament 19th edition a big success.
The tee-off on Oct. 7 at the Baguio Country Club was participated in by local and visiting par busters.
I am deeply overwhelmed and in near tears because when we started the series, I was a sitting congressman and you and I know that being in power gives one an advantage in seeking for help.
But here we are, been out of it since 2019 yet our partners did not mind. Again, the golf was for the benefit of the various projects of the Rotary Club of Downtown Session headed by president Kelwyn Roi Tan and the St. Theresa of Avila Foundation.
The activity, which is quite a record breaker as it surpassed the million mark, will augment the funding of its present and forthcoming medical missions, feeding programs, scholarship programs, and other worthy projects which they have been undertaking for the past years.
School toilets, water system in Itogon and medical missions in Kibungan and other parts of Benguet; blood-letting, wheelchair-giving, college scholarships, and at one point P5 million given to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for dialysis patients.
Again, we thank our friends, partners and sponsors who helped make the golf tournament possible:
Diamond partners: Kiwik Grow Fertilizer/Kg Agriventures; One Loyalty Lending and Ralph Yambao; Hirai Construction Corporation, Sakai City Japan; Global Factory Doha Quatar/Hassan Ahmed Al-Mal; ABS Allbest Supply; Baguio Blue Bloods/Regional Director Douglas Rufino; Cebu Blue Bloods; Philippine National Police Chief Benjamin Acorda, Jr.; Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Director M/Gen.Romeo M. Caramat;
Gold partners: Lafayette Luxury Suites/Paul Lalwani; Sneak & Scissors – Tina Emperio and Engr. Radcliffe Imperio; Rep. Ching Veloso, The Guinciaman Farm, Leyte; Kultura Splashwave and Juliet As-Il; Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.; RCDS past president Katrina “Kat” Gumaya and incoming president Ryan Gumaya; Tiong San Realty Development Corporation;
Major partners: Goldenfield Trading/Crystal Oil/Rey Uy; AIP Construction/Arnel Peil; Col. Jeff Fanged, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office director; Gerry’s Grill; RCDS pres. Kelwyn Roi Tan;
Hole partners: Filipino Academy of Movie Arts And Sciences; The Dream Art Café – Kristine Joy Tabara; Dr. Ashok Vasandani – RCDS honorary member; Healthwise Home Health Care Inc.; Fortune Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant, Paragon Hotel, and The Golden Pine Hotel/Dr. Sherry Ong-Cunanan; Pugad Pugo Adventure, Gen. Eugene Martin; Just Fashion, Valenzuela City, Bulacan; Col. Leon P. Talleo, CIDG-CAR; CIDG Deputy Director Gen. Lyndon Mencio; BIP Steadfast Ground Inc. and Engr. Bonifacio dela Peña; Grand88 Gaming Corporation-STL Pangasinan; Parkway Residences & Hospital Inc.; TCP Enterprises Inc. – Fernando S. Tiong; TG Homes; Megatower; Pines Estate Gaming Corporation – Rafael A. Lajara; First La Union Leisure Corp. San Fernando City/Nelson Corpus Musar Music Corporation – Bernie Arevalo-Avila; Batang ‘90s/Cluster Cone – Charmaine Avila-Francisco; RCDS past president Orlie Tadeo; spouse Judy Anne and Jan Patrick; Ramon Baesa; Rep. Eric Yap; Region 1 Police Director B/Gen. John Chua; San Miguel Corporation-Magnolia; Maj/Gen. Isagani R. Nerez; Undersecretary for Police Affairs; Oriental Steel Pilling/Arcellormittal – Stephen Esden; Grumpy Joe/Benedict Fernandez III; JRS Business Corporation – Antonio Claparols;
Robertsville Condominium – president and Chief Executive Officer Pons Pascua; PRO-Car Director Gen. Dave Peredo; BCPO Lt./Col. Dinulong Tombali; Benguet Electric Cooperative Board Chair Steve Cating; House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez; Seven L Agrifood System;
Donors: Chinabank; Baguio Apaches, Chief Jonathan Vergara; Honda Cars Pangasinan and Ben Tan; Metrobank – Nonette Silva/Susan Pascual; Mayor Benjie Magalong; Goldrich; Rotarian Christian David Alacar; Center Mall; Allied Printing – Danny Chan; Liberty Agricultural Supply and Gerco Trading; DGE Ariel Jersey;
Patrons: Sunshine Supermart/Michael del Rosario; Cabman Trading, Nelia Cabigas;
Media partners: RNG Luzon; Baguio Midland Courier; Amianan Balita/Thom Picaña; and 95.9 Big FM Baguio.
Big thanks to RCDS and the EMA Cup team: president Kelwyn Tan, chair Kristine Joy Tabara, Dr. William A. Occidental, past president Kat Gumaya, IP Ryan Gumaya, and RCDS members Anns, Rotaracts, and to all the unmentioned and unsung heroes who made EMA Cup 19 series a success.
The tournament assistants: Rocky Ruñez, Nathaniel Chan, Anton Yu, our hearts are filled with gratitude.
Sigh.