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20/07/2012: PHL’s Barakos Squad Aim to Become Baseball Champs

Rodolfo "Boy" Tingzon Jr. (back row, 2nd from left), President of the Philippine Tot Baseball Foundation, and First Secretary & Consul Emil Fernandez (back row, 3rd from left) of the Philippine Embassy pose with players and other officials of the Philippine Pony Baseball Barakos team at the Embassy’s Romulo Hall last July 19.

20 July 2012, Washington DC. The Philippine Pony Baseball Barakos team arrived in Washington, D.C. yesterday to compete in the Pony Bronco-11 World Series to be held in Chesterfield, Virginia at the end of this month.  The 11 year-olds, accompanied by team officials led by Rodolfo Tingzon, President of the Philippine Tot Baseball Foundation, and some of the players’ parents, were hosted at the Philippine Embassy for a dinner reception.

Members of the Filipino American Association of Central Virginia (FAACV) have volunteered to house the players prior to the championship.  FAACV’s officers include Rumy Mhota, Rudy Bolipata and Marty Martinez.  Also providing support for the group is Art Asistores, President of the Don Bosco Alumni Association of Greater D.C. The team arrived early to become acclimatized with the time zone and weather, and play several practice games to allow the squad to better prepare for the tournament.

The Barakos earned a slot in the World Series by defeating Indonesia 12-2 earlier this year.  They will compete against Bronco 11 teams from the U.S., Europe, South Africa and Mexico.  The team is composed of Jhonas Palad, Ezequiel Agojo, Danillo Mendoza, Andrei Ueda, Calvin Tingzon, Marty Ranada, Vincent Noprada, Charles Castillo, Efril Mercado, John Natanauan, Gabriele Alcaraz, Genesis Manabat, Christopher Clark and Rovic Villanueva.  Filipino Americans in the area are urged to cheer the team to victory.  The games will be played from July 26 to 29 at the Harry G. Daniel Park.  (END)