‘Usapang Sports’ set

December 04, 2018

CHESS and volleyball, two sports closest to the Filipinos’ heart, will be the  main dish in the third  edition of the  “Usapang Sports” presented by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) this Thursday at the National Press Club in Intramuros.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president Prospero  “Butch” Pichay, Asia’s first GM Eugene and GM Jayson Gonzales  have been invited to talk about the coming 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships (2nd  Manny Pacquiao Cup) scheduled Dec. 9-19 at the Tiara Hotel in Makati.

The tournament,  which will be participated in by top players from 16  countries, serves as qualifying event for the World Chess Cup 2019 in Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia.

Top Filipino players seeing action are  GMs John Paul Gomez, Darwin Laylo and Joey Antonio, IMs Jan Emmanuel Garcia, Haridas Pascua, Marvin Miciano, Paolo Bersamina and recently-crowned ASEAN seniors champion Chito Garma in the men’s division and WGM Janelle Mae Frayna in the women’s side.

Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) president Edgardo “Boy” Cantada will talk about the issues affecting volleyball,  including the existing membership of the   PVF to the world's governing body in the sport, FIVB,  and  recent World Congress.

Cantada will also discuss the  coming Tanduay Athletics 18-under volleyball championships and  the PVF's grassroot development  program around the  country that continue to benefit public high schools.

TOPS president Ed Andaya of  People’s Tonight  is requesting editors and writers of the country's leading tabloids to attend the weekly  forum supported  by  the  National  Press Club thru president Rolando  “Lakay” Gonzalo.