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January 9,2013 12:10 AM

NINE SPORTS events including three national competitions recognized by the National Sports Association (NSA) will be held this month as added attraction to the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2013.

Moises Solomon of the Iloilo City Sports Council said they have complete preparations for various sports events.

The Mayors Cup Golf Tournament slated on January 18-19, 2013 will feature 250 golfers from different parts of the country and abroad. Some national celebrity golfers are expected to converge and play at the Sta. Barbara golf course.

The 12-year old golfing event is spearheaded by the Iloilo Golf and Country Club in the country’s oldest golf course in Sta. Barbara town.

Solomon said the national sports events include the 6th Iloilo Dinagyang National Age Group Swimfest on January 25-26, 2013 at the Iloilo Sports Complex spearheaded by the Iloilo Sea Warriors Swim Club; the 4th National Arnis Tournament and Dinagyang Bastonero 2013 on January 25-26, 2013 at the WVCST gym and organized by Arnis Philippines; and the first Dinagyang National Taekwondo Tournament on January 26, 2013 at the WIT gym by the Philippine Taekwondo Association.

The other sports events are the 3rd Dinagyang Run for 18K. 5K and 3K fun run on January 20, 2013 organized by the Rotary Club of Iloilo; 3rd Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog Bowling Cup and the Dinagyang 2013 open trio bowling tournament by the Dockpin Bowlers Association of Iloilo on January 25-27, 2013; 3rd Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog Badminton Cup at the Sportsville Badminton Court on January 25-26, 2013; and the Dinagyang 2013 Mayors Cup C 9-Ball Handicapping Tournament at the X Spot Billiard and Amusement Center on January 25-26, 2013.

The Iloilo Dinagyang Fishing Tournament by the Panay Anglers Association on January 26-27, 2013 will be held at the Iloilo fishing areas.

Solomon said that winners in all the sports events will have corresponding cash prizes and citations for joining the events during the Dinagyang Festival.

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