A drug-free Philippines is the dream of Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. And that dream will hopefully turn into a reality…soon.

Last January 14 and 15, 2017, at the Malarayat Golf and Country Club (Lipa City), the first Bato Golf Cup teed off to raise funds for the projects and activities of the good-hearted general who is fully committed in preserving the peace and order situation of the country. Golf lovers who participated were dressed in full golf regalia, and were united in supporting the meaningful cause. By now, the public has grown accustomed to the amiable and accessible Gen. Dela Rosa.

The Bato Golf Cup is a special sports undertaking that utilized the gentlemanly sports of golf for a higher purpose. Under his leadership, the Philippine National Police continues its drive against drugs to bring true and lasting peace and order to a nation that has long been wanting for a safe environment and free from lawless elements.

From left: PDR Oscar Albaya, PPDG Frank Uyami, PDG Bato Dela Rosa, Engr. Edwin Gardiola, Abe Aventa, PC Supt Valrie Tabian

General Dela Rosa has become the embodiment of decisiveness and sturdiness, making him the voice and the persona who has compassion and  the no-nonsense resolve to get things done. Truly, an action man!

The hard-working officer led the opening and ceremonial tee off and stayed the whole Saturday afternoon to play. He was also most grateful to the people who joined the event and made sure that it was a resounding success.

With work of art trophies designed by renowned artist Carlo Magno, the winners of the First Bato Golf Cup were the following:

Day One, special awardees – Dong Mendoza  (Nearest To The Pin hole, one foot), Captain Pol Salvador (Most Accurate Drive On The Line, and Ivan Avena  (Longest Drive, 324 yards).

Day Two special awardees – Jere Fregil (Longest Drive, 32 yards), Bong Agojo (Nearest To The Pinhole 41/2 foot).and Hermie Perez (Most Accurate Drive).

For the Tournament Proper, the victors were: Ladies Division – Evelyn Quinsay (Second runner-up), Margorie Lupingco (First runner-up)  and Glydel Mercado (Champion).

For Class D (Men’s Division), winners:  Col. Ludy dela Paz (Second Runner-Up), Morell Manaig (First Runner-Up) and Lito Magsino (Champion). For Class C (Men’s Division), winners:  Cote Thor (Second Runner-Up), Joseph Garcia, (First Runner-Up), and Noli Alcantara (Champion). For Class B (Men’s Division), winners: Jess Bartolome (Second Runner-Up), Bong Agojo, (First Runner- Up) and Manolo Agojo (Champion). And for Class A (Men’s Division), winners: Elmer Gardiola (Second Runner-Up), Teody Pascual (First Runner-Up) and Gerald Katigbak (Champion). Other major winners were Ivan Avena (Lowest Net) and Ayi Beech (Lowest Gross).

Present in the First Bato Golf Cup were Mr. Edwin Gardiola (Chairman and Organizing Committee Head), Lipa City Mayor Meynardo Sabili, multi-awarded actor and actress, husband and wife Tonton Gutierrez and Glydel Mercado, showbiz royal Vandolph Quizon, and popular musical composer Lito Camo.

The First Bato Golf Cup culminated in a night of fun, food, music, and raffle prizes, including the grand prize of a brand-new P2.3 million Kia car, and performances from The Brothers Unlimited and Reo Brothers bands.

The two-day golf tournament was also made possible through the kindness of generous partners such as EG group of companies and the Gardiola Family, Mighty Corporation, Pacific Union Insurance, DDT Konstract, JAM Liner, Philtranco, Fastcat, SMDC, SM Prime, Mizuno, Edison Builders, Toreja Construction, RGB, Scientific Games, Aristocrat, Zitro, Lydia’s Lechon, MNTC, CIGNAL, Maynilad, Filinvest Development Corp., Peugeot Lipa, MVP Kia Molino, SBYC, Asia Cargo Container, Phoenix Petroleum, Newington Builders, Toyota Philippines, Philpost, Atomy Philippines, FWIL, Kilton Group of Companies, Belle Corp., BMW Philippines (ACC), KIA Philippines (CAC), Mahindra, CATS Motors, Autohub, MOSVELDTT law firm, Ayala Land Premier, MVPTech, Volares Audio, Atoy Customs, Category 7, Dreamwave, New Canaan Insurance, Choi Garden, Pax Libera Mining Inc., Genie Magic KTV and Goodlife Reflex Zone;  and various companies and individuals who made valuable contributions.

The Bato Golf Cup is now set as a yearly tournament, with the next one promising to be even bigger. Indeed, it was a great way to show love and support to the sport and to the country.

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