|The National Darts Federation of the
Philippines (NDFP) awarded this year’s set of NDFP National
Masters and recipient of the very first President’s Award at
the recently concluded P110,000 Free Registration Darterong Pinoy
2010 last November 13, 2010, at the Basement Activity Hall of the
Sta. Lucia Mall in Cainta, Rizal.
Since the inception of the NDFP, it has strived to set the highest
standards and cultivate a new culture of excellence, to professionalize
and uplift the sport of darts, and to attain international recognition
and respect for its players. Key to the thrust of the NDFP is recognizing
individuals and organizations that have set and met the standards
of excellence in their own fields of dart endeavors.
Hence, the NDFP institutionalized the NDFP National Masters –
a recognition of darters who have won at least three (3) open singles
since 2005 in three (3) NDFP ranking tournaments, each worth P75,000
and over. The NDFP National Masters of today are considered an elite
group of players who have attained these standards of distinction
and superiority in meeting the challenge of dart competitions.
So far, the NDFP has given recognition to four (4) National Masters:
(1) Bert Lozano, NDFP 7th ranked player with three titles; (2) Jojo
Barellano, NDFP 4th ranked player with five titles; (3) Ian Perez,
NDFP 2nd ranked player with 8 titles, and; (4) Boie Parfan, NDFP number
1 ranked player with 11 titles since 2005.
This year, the NDFP added three (3) outstanding players to the elite
circle of the NDFP National Masters. Held on the 13th of November,
at the highlight of the second day of Darterong Pinoy 2010, the NDFP
formally welcomed to the NDFP National Masters Circle Dixie Ibanez,
Lourence Ilagan, and Juanito Boy Gionson.
Ibanez of Cagayan de Oro City, NDFP 10th ranked player, is
one of the hottest dart players in Mindanao today, having won three
(3) major NDFP ranking singles for this year alone: the Mayor Sammy
Co Cup in Pagadian City, the 100K Tinalak, and the Hinugay Open.
Ilagan of Cainta, NDFP 8th ranked player and defending
Darterong Pinoy 2009 Champion, won titles in Darterong Pinoy 2008,
the Philippine Qualifier to World Dart Championship 2008, and the
5 Million Manny Pacquiao International Darts Classic in 2009.
“Boy” Gionson of Navotas City, NDFP 3rd ranked
player, championed in the Robson Summer Dartfest in 2009, the Governor
Deloso Cup in Zambales, and this year’s P200,000 Lhullier
Cebu Open, and the Nom-e Dart Open in Carmona, Cavite. He will represent
the Philippines to the World Dart Championship in England this December.
President’s Award is given to individuals or organizations
who demonstrated exemplary leadership in unity, progress, and change
towards the attainment of the NDFP’s vision for a unified
dart country and excellence through the highest standards of darts
The President’s Award was given to the Federation of Dart
Associations – Metro Davao, Inc. (FDAMDI) through its president,
Engineer Bonifacio Boy Gludo, for successfully unifying the splintered
darters of Davao City, and eventually expanded into a strong regional
federation to include Tagum, Panabo, and Carmen in Davao del Norte,
the City of Digos in Davao del Sur. The FDAMDI supports players
to national tournaments, manage their dart venues, and host the
yearly Kadayawan Dart Tournament.