BACOLOD City Councilor Ricardo ‘Cano’ Tan yesterday challenged the participants of the 3rd JGM Finance Corporation U17 Volleyball Tournament to give their best shot. “Always focus on your game. Make every game your last so that you can focus all your talents on it.”
Tan also stressed that volleyball is the future sports in Bacolod City. “With all the efforts and leadership of JGM president Jose Montalbo, volleyball will be our next home of champions,” he said. “I would like to congratulate everyone who has contributed to make this volleyball tournament a reality. For me, you are all champions,” he added.
Tan also lauded Montalbo for his concern to volleyball. “I believe that your sponsorship to this sport will go a long way. “Keep up the good work and let the fires of sports be in your heart always and let it be your passion. Thank you for the moving spirit of sports for Bacolod,” he added.
With Montalbo behind volleyball, Tan believes that there is a big chance of developing players who are already world class. “I see this tournament to discover new talents form our grassroots that will surely deliver a new hope for Bacolod,” he added.
For JGM president Montalbo, this tournament is just a stepping stone for a bigger competition in the future. “We are looking forward to have a bigger event next year. I already got words from teams in Manila that they will be participating in next year’s event,” he added.
Montalbo added that with this tournament, they would be able to lift the level of competitiveness of volleyball in the region.
Eight secondary schools in the Visayas Region are set to take the Bacolod Tay Tung High School hard court from May 18-21 that includes: Ateneo de Cebu, Ateneo de Iloilo, University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, Trinity Christian School, Colegio San Agustin Bacolod, Bata National High School and Tay Tung Thunderbolts Teams A and B. The Negros Oriental Selection, which earlier listed to play in the tournament, unable to make it this year’s edition.
Also present during the opening ceremony is Tay Tung Sports Development Chairman Ben Lo, BOT Member Vic Tan and Academic Head Ruth Espeso.*