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Palawan netfest

Philippines – The 2012 Philta-Palawan Pawnshop Regional Age-Group Championships presented by Babolat kicks off its six-leg circuit today in Iloilo City with more 200 youngsters expected to see action at the La Paz Tennis Club.

The five-day tournament ending Sept. 4 hopes to provide young players in Iloilo a venue where they could show their talent and skills as part of the Philippine Tennis Association’s nationwide talent-search. Events on tap are the 10-under Unisex, 12-under, 14-under, 16-under and 18-under.

“It’s time for our young players from Iloilo CIty to display their talent and we hope to discover more athletes who can be trained for future international competitions,” said Philta regional vice-president and Palawan Pawnshop chief operating officer Bobby Castro.

“After this circuit, we expect to produce competitive athletes like former junior campaigners Jeson Patrombon and Francis Casey Alcantara, who are products of Philta’s grassroots development program,” said Philta president and Rep. Edwin Olivarez.

The tournament serves as the regional tennis sports tournament program for children. It is aimed at addressing the need for a grassroots tennis program.