it the heat of summer that took its toll on the top players when underdogs
and new names sprung out of nowhere to rule the P160K Robson Summer
Dart Fest last May 21-23 at the Sta Lucia East Grand Mall, in Cainta,
Rizal? Or, is it the new found confidence, determination and exposure
of the so called underdogs that triumphed over the so called marquee
top players? Only time will tell. But this is a wake-up call that
the level of play has improved dramatically and no one can overlook
the novice, the uninitiated and the underdogs.
Classified Draw Doubles
The tournament started with the 182 player Classified Draw Doubles.
Emerging winners were Jemel Modesto of Escopa Darts of Proj 4 and
Jordan Gulmatico of the Commission on Audit Dart Team. Jemel Modesto
is a youth player that continues to play in NDFP Youth singles for
the past 3 years and Jordan Gulmatico, a novice player, who played
for the COA champion team in the recently concluded NDFP Corporate
Coming in 2nd is another youth player sharpened through the NDFP Youth
Singles events, Christopher Enriquez of the Pasig City Darts Federation
who paired with Wily Omli of Baguio City, who only played darts in
the last 6 months.
Fix Four-Person Team
Forty-three (43) teams played in the Fix Four-Person Team event,
won by slight favorite Robson Razor of Boie Parfan, Bert Lozano,
Ricky Mijares and Noel Malicdem, despite the absence of international
player Ian Perez. Underdog Datadarts B of Jun Cotilling, Homer Velasco,
Rey Vilda and Glen Buenaventura came in 2nd and almost won the event
after Robson squandered a 3-0 lead to reach a decisive final leg.
The 2nd place team last year of Lourence Ilagan, Arby Briones and
Robert Reyes beat the defending team champion of Boy Gionzon, Nayr
Ocampo, Celso Landerito and Louie Soriano in the top 8 but lost
to Team Robson in the top 4.
Classified Draw Triples
In the one hundred seventeen (117) player Classified Draw Triples
provincial darters dominated the finals. Alvin Mallilin, of Tarlac
City, and who now plays in Las Pinas paired with Erwin Quenada of
Sariaya, Quezon and Antonio Cabreza of Project 4 to win the event
over Rolly Majorenos of Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur, Manny Abratique
of Dagupan City and Jun Jun Prades of the Marikina City Darts Organization.
Again, no where are the top players.
One hundred twenty-eight (128) players saw action in the fixed doubles.
Unexpected underdog pairs dominated the finals, in an event where
big name players are expected to dominate. Playing under the banner
of the Big Four Darters of Benjie Mapanao, Gilbert Ulang of Pasig
City Darts Federation and Gilbert Noble, President of the Darters
of Comembo, Makati, came from behind 3-1 to win the championship
over Louie Soriano and Homer Velasco of Datadarts. Rounding the
top 4 were Max Tudlong / Norman Seo-as of Baguio City and Rizal
Barellano of Davao City / Dhoe Macasaquit of Stingers.
Defending champion Boie Parfan / Bert Lozano lost to the champion
team; runner -up last year of Lourence Ilagan / Arby Briones lost
to Barellano / Macasaquit and the joint 3rd placers of 2009 Boy
Gionzon / Nayr Ocampo were beaten by Ilagan/Briones.
The Youth Singles Championship was wide open this year with the
graduation of JP de Tablan from the youth division. From the field
of 60 players ranging in age from 10 to18 years old, Emerson Arteta
of Angalo Circuit Dart Club (ACDC) of Tondo, emerged as the victorious
champion defeating Jhunmiel Flaviano of the Zambales Darters League.
Another ACDC player Aaron Barrera and Rupert Guangco of Golden Friendship
Dart Club, Cagayan De Oro came in joint 3rd and 4th placers.
There were only 17 players in the Ladies Singles. Seven (7) players,
all from Mindanao, who are in the top 10 ranking failed to participate.
This gave the opportunity for Camille Flaviano of Zambales 3rd ranked,
Siony Laluan of Baguio 9th ranked, Kristine Calderon of Angono,
Rizal, 10th ranked and Arnie Ticman, 11th ranked of Manila, as the
top players to vie for the championship.
Kristine Calderon of Bullshooters won the Ladies Singles 4-2 over
comebacking Arnie Ticman of Datadarts. Siony Laluan came in joint
3rd/4th with youth player Aya Takemoto of the Pasig City Darts Federation.
Thirty-six (36) players played in the seniors event. Al Sagario
of Las Pinas won the Seniors Singles 4-2 over Rolly Salcedo of the
SSS Darts Club. Defending champion Gerry Osman of West Rembo Unified
Darters of Makati came in joint 3rd/4th with Hermie Adolfo of Quezon
One-hundred twenty three (123) players signed up for the Open Singles.
True to form, the unexpected happened, especially in a seeded format,
when 73rd ranked player, Ric Almonte of Cavite captured the Open
Singles over 63rd ranked player Jaypee De Tablan of Taytay Rizal.
Coming joint 3rd/4th were Nayr Ocampo, ranked 47th of the United
Darters of Navotas and Francis Eguia of San Lazaro Hospital ranked
Forty seven years old Ric Almonte, comes from Liloy, Zamboanga del
Norte and currently lives in Cavite. He is a dart fanatic who has
been playing darts in the past 20 years, including the inter-department
competition in Mandarin Oriental Hotel where he currently works
in the last 22 years. This is his first ever singles championship
and he was overjoyed that he still won though he is at the twilight
of his darting career.
In contrast, Japee de Tablan is only nineteen years old but a “veteran”
in competitive darts playing for 5 years in the NDFP Youth Singles
winning the last 3 Darterong Pinoy Youth Singles, last year’s
Sumer Dartfest and the youth singles of the 5Million Manny Pacquiao
Darts Classic. JP comes from the youth development program of the
United Darters of Taytay (UDT) under the leadership of then President
Orlan Bernardino. This is also a fitting tribute to Orlan Bernardino
who is currently on vacation from Abu Dhabi since leaving over a
The success of this tournament is through the support of
our sponsors. We thank our partners in darts, event presentor Robson
Sportscraft, major sponsor Chris Sports and sponsors Questor and
Yonnex; special mention to Sta Lucia East Grand Mall in providing
us the venue not only this year but for their continuing support
in last 3 years.
The outcome of the tournament though cannot be predicted, may be
from a convergence of factors.
1.) The support of the NDFP in the youth development program especially
the youth singles cannot be underestimated.
2.) The big equalizer leveling the playing field in the classified
events is the integrity of the classification system known NDFP
3.) The exposure of new players to an environment of correct technical
skills accelerated improvement.
The event was covered by ABS-CBN Sports Unlimited. Please
wait for website announcement for the date of telecast.