Hostilities in the men’s Open singles kick off the 2016 Bingo Bonanza National Open Badminton Tournament with 20 matches on tap in a day-long action at the CW Home Depot Ortigas on Doña Julia Vargas Avenue near corner Meralco in Pasig.
Adamson’s Johnrick Macabenta slugs it out with veteran campaigner JC Clarito of HP2 while Cris Sanchez battles fellow Team Prima Adrian Ramos in the first two matches at 10 a.m. in the upper half of the 64-player draw headed by top seed Kevin Cudia-mat, No. 2 Frell Gabuelo and No. 3 Ros Pedrosa, all members of PBA Smash Pilipinas and fourth seed Orlan Ticala of Team Prima.
Other pairings pit Jervin Carlos of National U against Letran-Calamba’s Edwin Dodds; Andrei Babad of UP versus wild-card Justin Vanzuela of Jumpsmash Academy of Badminton; Clarence Filart of Ateneo against Team Prima’s Marc Lo; Chris-tian Yabut of UST versus Jommel Saragena, also of Team Prima/La Salle.
Mark Alcala, who upset Cudiamat to snare the crown in last year’s staging of the annual event sponsored by Bingo Bo-nanza Corp. and sanctioned by the Philippine Badmin-ton Association headed by president Jejomar Binay and sec-gen Rep. Albee Benitez, won’t be around as he is in the US. But the depth of the competing field remains as talent-laden as ever with a slew of rising stars raring to prove their worth in the top-ranking event orga-nized by EventKing Corp. and backed by Victor PCOME as the official equipment, SM Megamall, Smash Pilipinas and the Philippine Olympic Com-mittee.
The top collegiate and club players from Metro Manila and the different provinces are also in the hunt for the winners’ purse of P100,000 for the men’s and women’s singles cham-pions and P120,000 for the men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles of the event.
The qualifiers and quarterfinals will cover five days of action at the CW Home Depot before the tournament moves to the SM Megamall for the semis and finals on October 22 and 23.