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Barellano and Braña Move Up NDFP Ranking Points Table After Topping Singles Events of Talakudong Open 2006
With Reports from Sheila May Braña and Engr. Tinoy Guerra

Jojo Barellano of Davao City and Sheila May Braña of Koronadal City moved up the NDFP Ranking Points Table after topping the Men's and Ladies' Singles events, respectively, of the recently concluded P100,000 Talakudong Open Dart Tournament held last September 29 to October 1, 2006 at the Tacurong City Gymnasium at the City Hall Compound in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat.

Presented by Honorable Mayor Lino O. Montilla and the local government of Tacurong City, the event was organized by the Tacurong City Dart Club (TCDC) in cooperation with the South Cotabato Darters Association (Socodarts) and sanctioned by the National Dart Foundation of the Philippines (NDFP). Robson Sportscraft provided the trophies.

The simple Opening Ceremony was highlighted by the inspirational messages of NDFP President Tito Soncuya and NDFP Southern Mindanao Regional Manager Jong Gonzales. TCDC President Dubert Victorio was on hand to welcome the participants and guests.

Classified Draw Doubles
The Classified Draw Doubles was the first event with 80 players (40 pairs). Jojo Gilsana of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat drew Robson player Aries Quijano of Cagayan de Oro City and won over Karaan Davao Darters Association, Inc. (KADDAI) teammates Bryan Tumulak and James Ureta.

Classified Draw Triples
From a field of 69 players (23 teams), Agnor player Vic Castanares of Butuan City teamed up with Robson player Boie Parfan of Makati City and Jojo Villegas of Digos City and overwhelmed the troika of lady darter Naomi Baliola of Davao City, Socodarts player Greg Lebanan of Koronadal City and Agnor player Dodong Nollora of Butuan City.

Ladies’ Singles
In the Ladies' Singles event, Socodarts player Sheila May Braña of Koronadal City, fresh from winning the 3rd Mayor Latasa Cup Ladies' Singles title, beat North Cotabato Dart Club (NCDC) player Jevie Curato of Kidapawan City. With her victory, Braña added 24 points to her NDFP Women’s Ranking and claimed the No. 1 position over Robson player Jan-Jan Hinojales of Davao City.

Men’s Singles
Asia Pacific Cupper Jojo Barellano of Davao City emerged victorious in a field of 69 players in the Men’s Singles event. Barellano won over Cotabato City Darters Association (CCDA) player Johnny Faeldonia of Cotabato City in their exciting finals encounter. With his victory, Barellano earned an additional 40 points and jumped from the No. 4 to the No. 2 position in the NDFP Men’s Ranking. Faeldonia picked up 32 points, enough to land him in a five-way tie in the No. 9 slot.

Youth Singles
The last day of the tournament began with the Free Registration Youth Singles event, an on-going NDFP program in all NDFP-sanctioned and supported tournaments. Dart Federation of Kutawato (DFK) youth players Tata Sarmiento and Den Lucero, both of Upi, Maguindano, battled for the title with Sarmiento emerging as the Youth Singles champion from a field of 16 players.

Fixed-Four Person Team
The Fixed-Four Person Team event drew a total of 18 teams (72 players). The best of the best team championship saw Agnor Team composed of Vic Castañares, Dodong Nollora, Mario Saclet and Dixie Ybañez emerging victorious of DFK - D' Directors 1 composed of Noel Anino, Jojo Barellano, Pabling Cadungog and Long-Long Longyapon.

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Updated October 5, 2006  

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