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Tanauan riders dominate 2nd Malaysian Skimboarding Competition

Tacloban City (August 19) -- The Tanauan, Leyte riders once again dominated the Penang, Malaysia International Skimboarding Competition held on August 16, emerging as champion in the groumet division while the other one is first runner up in the open division.

Carl Gabas, a lanky high school student, bested riders from Malaysia, Singapore, Hongkong and other parts of the skimboarding world to become the champion in the groumet division of the 2nd Penang Malaysia International Skimboarding Competition.

On the other hand, Leo Espada, last year's champion, is this year's first runner up in this year's open category. The two are the only riders representing the Philippines in the competition.

The winning of the two Tanauan riders strengthened his determination to develop the skimboarding area in Tanauan with the help of President Arroyo and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Mayor Roque Tiu said that the two were accompanied by Carl's father. He added that he was not able to join the riders because the competition was held on the fiesta of the municipality, an event he could not afford to miss.

The riders' trip was made possible with the support of Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla and the Municipal Government of Tanauan, Leyte.

Carl's determination to join the Competition was so strong that even when he and his father encountered problems in processing their passports, he did not give up.

He and his parents sought the intercession of PIA Director Olive Tiu who immediately helped them by coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs Regional Director and the National Bureau of Investigation Regional Director.

Together with Carl and his parents, Mayor Tiu expressed gratitude to Director Venturanza of the Department of Foreign Affairs Region 8 for expediting the release of the passports.

Carl was late in the processing of his papers as the invitation came in late also, Mayor Tiu said. To make matters worse, Carl's father lost his wallet and so he could not apply for NBI Clearance. Thanks to Director Tony Pagatpat, his only ID left was honored, Mayor Tiu said. (PIA 8) [top]

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