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    Updated January 19, 2017


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The NDFP Ranking Tournaments opened 2017 with better than expected attendance at the 100K Hinugyaw Open held in Koronadal City last January 6-8, 2017.

The participation of darters coming from all over Mindanao is an indication of better things to come in 2017.  Fast-Track, the innovative software developed by the NDFP was launched in Mindanao to standardize and professionalize the running of NDFP Ranking Tournaments nationwide. The software was given free to all tournament directors of the NDFP Affiliated Local Dart Organizations, following a seminar conducted by NDFP President Tito Soncuya and NDFP Tournament Director and Fast-Track Product Development Team Leader Ryan Suarez.

Seminar attendees came all the way from Cagayan de Oro, Malaybalay Bukidnon, Cotabato City, Davao City, Misadayap, Pikit, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Isulan, Banga, Polomolok, Gensan and a host of other places. Thank you for your commitment to elevate the standards of Philippine darts.

The inaugural use of Fast-Track in Mindanao started in the Classified Draw Doubles with a record breaking attendance in Southern Mindanao of 170 registered players.  Ian Perez, the homegrown idol of Koronadal paired with Robert Arciosa, Sr. of Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat, clinched the doubles championship over Central Luzon top ranked player Paolo Nebrida of Yeahbaby, who paired with Richard Sarucam of Gensan.

Thirty (30) teams competed in the Fix-4 Person Team won by the underdog and unheralded team from Metro Misdsayap Dart Club (MMDC) led by Pabling Cadungog, Clark Barreto, Jojo Tupas, and Brutos Duero.  Cagayan de Oro-Cabuil team of Bert Lozano, Natz Guba, Toting Lee, and Tony Poblador came in 2nd. The top favorites and star-laden teams faltered going to the finals.

The Classified Draw Triples saw 150 players, again a record attendance, won by Juvic Lechonsito of Koronadal, Emay Remollino of Tampakan, South Cotabato, and Mark Asentista of Koronadal.

The Open Singles, with 100 players, came down to the championship between 2014 Darter of the Year Awardee Ian “the Titan” Perez of Robson playing against team mate and the 2015 Darter of the Year Awardee Dolreich “DJ” Tongcopanon of Gensan.  The Titan won the Open Singles in a decisive match wherein who ever played first won all legs including the decisive leg.  The highlight of the match was a winning shot of DJ against the throw with 160 left hit T20-T20 and a heartbreaking wire miss in the D20.

The Ladies Singles was won by Ging Ansale of Bukidnon over Karen Lapiz of Gensan.  Nick Pedregosa of Tacurong won over Robert Callaman of Davao City in the Seniors Singles, while the protégé of Danny Quiling in Cagayan de Oro, Kirt John Caayupan won the Youth Singles over Owen Hubahib of Gensan.

The youth players nationwide are tremendously growing and Mindanao is no exception with the participation of 54 players. It can be said that 5 to 10 years from now, the new breed of competitive players will come from the youth players of today, sharpened by our untiring support to the Free-Registration NDFP Youth Singles events.

I extend my congratulations to South Cotabato Darts Association (SocoDarts) led by its President Totong Gecosala and its officers, for the support of Afuang Alonzo of Team Tornilyo and Food Harbor for making the 100K Hinugyaw Festival possible, and for taking dart leadership in Koronadal City. Watch for the upcoming SocoDarts NDFP National Ranking Tournaments in Korondal City with the 100K Foundation Day and the 200K Tinalak Festival in July.

My special appreciation to Ian Perez, Chris Bayron, Pierre Mayol, and Karen Lapiz, among others who made my stay in Koronadal and Gensan safe, convenient and fun.

To view complete tournament results click here.