National Darts Federation of the Philippines (NDFP) gave recognition
to distinguished darters at the recently concluded P120,000 Free
Registration Darterong Pinoy 2012 last October 20, 2012 at the Sta.
Lucia Mall in Cainta, Rizal.
The NDFP has strived to set the highest standards of excellence,
uplift and professionalize the sport of darts, and attain global
recognition and respect for its players. Through the years, it
has acknowledged individuals and organizations that have set and
met such standards of excellence in their own fields of dart endeavors.
Hence, in the morning of the second day, the NDFP opened its
“Araw ng Parangal” to honor the next President’s
Awardee, award this year’s new NDFP National Master, and
recognize the past Darterong Pinoy champions,
The NDFP President’s Award
NDFP President’s Award was given to Mr. Romeo “Butch”
Echiverre, President of the Zambales Darters Federation.
The NDFP President’s Award is given to individuals or organizations
who demonstrated exemplary leadership in unity and progress towards
the fulfillment of the vision and direction of the NDFP for the
growth and development of darts in the Philippines.
Butch Echiverre launched a very unique youth dart development
program of “no school no play”, all youth participants
are required to be officially enrolled in school. The program
has not only produced competitive youth darters players as can
be seen in the results of the Darterong Pinoy Youth Singles but
the program also encouraged the youth to value the enrichment
of education. This is a natural instinct of Butch Echeverri being
a teacher by profession.
He is also instrumental in organizing the most number of major
dart tournaments coming from a municipality. The town of San Antonio,
Zambales has the distinction as the leading municipality nationwide
that has far produced three P100,000 and over dart tournaments
Butch Echeverri as the President of the Zambales Darter’s
Federation influenced the expansion of darts, not only in the
Municipality of San Antonio, but in the entire province of Zambales.
His programs also initiated aid and participation for the handicap.
Induction of a New National Master
title of the NDFP National Master recognizes darters who have
won at least three (3) NDFP national ranking events or NDFP-sanctioned
major tournaments worth P75,000 and over, since 2005.
Such distinction has so far been granted to seven (7) darters
who now form part of the elite group of NDFP National Masters:
(1) Dixie Ybanez, with three titles; (2) Bert Lozano, with three
titles; (3) Boy Gionson, with five titles; (4) Jojo Barellano,
with five titles; (5) Lourence Ilagan, with eight titles; (6)
Boie Parfan, with twelve titles, and; (7) Ian Perez, with fourteen
This year, the NDFP welcomed its 8th NDFP National Master to
its roster, Noel Malicdem from Pasig City, who has championed
at the 2006 Darterong Pinoy, and at the 2011 and 2012 Bicol Dart
A Tribute to the Darterong Pinoy Champions
celebration of the 15 years of Darterong Pinoy, and its 10th year
as the only P100,000 and over free registration tournament in
the country, the NDFP called on stage to recognize the champions
of the Open Singles event from the past 14 years.
The Open Singles event is perhaps the most anticipated and most
exciting event of Darterong Pinoy. Every year, participation in
this event goes by the hundreds. The Darterong Pinoy Champions
consists of: Boie Parfan, Bobby Concepcion, Ricky Mijares, Joseph
Domanais (2002 and 2003), Rey Sevillo, Noel Malicdem, Raul dela
Flor, Lourence Ilagan (2008, 2009, 2010), and then defending champion
and 2005 winner, Ian Perez.