30/09/2012 RIYADH: The Philippine Embassy last Thursday 27 of September 2012 hosted the ASEAN Table Tennis Tournament, as part of this year’s 8 ASEAN Embassies in sports events organize by the ASEAN Riyadh Social and Sports Committee (ARSSC). The tournament was held at Philippine Embassy grounds, Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh.
Team Philippines joined the member diplomatic missions of ASEAN countries in Riyadh to promote ASEAN identity and cooperation.
There are eight ASEAN embassies in Riyadh, including the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Last April, the Myanmar Embassy organized the lady golf putting tournament parallel to the men’s golf tournament organized by the Thai Embassy, both held at the world-class Dirab Golf Course in Riyadh. The following month Malaysia organized the darts tournament also at their Chancery in the Diplomatic Quarter.
The Philippines won 2nd runner-up in the lady golf putting competition. Thailand and Brunei took the championship and 1st runner-up, respectively. While on the men’s golf team, the Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar were declared Champion, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up respectively.
In the dart competition, team Philippines captured the 2nd place and Brunei won the tournament while the novelty trophy for highest individual score was won by the Philippine team.
However in singing contest Philippines is always on top, Mrs. Mae I. Galvez, spouse of the Embassy’s Attache Emmanuel Galvez, beat other countries participants by her rendition of “One Moment in Time” by winning the 2012 championship trophy in the female category. Contestants from Brunei and Indonesia placed Second and Third. In the male category, Thailand got first place, followed by Indonesia and Brunei in 2nd and 3rd place. The singing contest was hosted by the Indonesian Mission in Riyadh.
Last Thursday’s Table Tennis Tourney, team Indonesia got the Championship award for the Women’s singles and team Philippines was in the 3rd place. The same fate in the Men’s Doubles where Philippines placed 3rd and Indonesia once again captured the Championship award. Luckily, in the Men’s single the Philippines took the led from elimination, semi final rounds to the finals and got the Championship award, while Indonesia, Myanmar and Singapore were in the First, Second and Third runner up, respectively.
The awarding ceremony of the Table Tennis Tournament was witnessed by the eight Chief of Mission from the 8 ASEAN countries.
The said event was officiated by the All Filipino Table Tennis Association-AFTTA led by Cultural Attache Taha Guinomla, as the Committee Chairman.
The ARSSC this year is currently chaired by Singapore and includes the other heads of missions of ASEAN resident missions in Riyadh. END – BongA