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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 01, 2012


Tanauanons lord over 8th national skimboarding competition

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, January 1 (PIA) The skimriders of Tanauan once again emerged as champions in the three divisions of the recently concluded the 8th Tanauan National Skimboarding Open Competition held at the Bantay Dagat Area of Tanauan in the province of Leyte.

Skimboarding Competition chairman Eugene Ramos said that in the Open category, Tanauan's Brando Espada who is the current title holder, was again proclaimed the champion. Coming in as first runner up was Dariel Espada; Obet Yanuario as the 2nd runner up and Rioben Vivero as third runner up. All of them are from Tanauan, Leyte.

In the same competition held on December 27 to 30, Tanauan's Inday Ibanez, the reigning champion ably defended her crown and emerged as champion in the Wahini (women's) division. Sicay Ayes of Tacloban City was declared as the second placer. Janice Tapdasan of Cebu was third placer while Clau Las Pinas of Cebu was 4th placer.

For the grommet division which is the category for the younger players or beginners, Mebul Pingol of Tanauan was proclaimed the champion. Jake Cartalla of Palo, Joe Cris Lago of Tacloban and Dexter Oguias of Baybay were declared as second, third and fourth placers, respectively.

The champion for the Open Category received a trophy and P25,000 in cash while the wahini and grommet champions received P5,000 each.

The well participated reggae party which followed the awarding ceremonies in the evening of December 30, was an indication that the skimboarding activity in Tanauan was a success, Mayor Agapito Pagayanan Jr. said.

Not one of the more than 100 participants left before the awarding, a clear manifestation that the participants loved and enjoyed the camaraderie at the Skimboarding Area.

The skimriders do not only learn to put their energies in the right places, they also develop that sense of responsibility to the sea which is the source of their enjoyment.

Thus, the skimmers themselves, see to it that the environment is kept clean and protected. (PIA 8)

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