Teams from two companies – Civic Merchandising Inc. and First Philippine Skills & Equipment Testing Corporation – won honors in two divisions of the recently concluded Badminton Doubles Tournament of the Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors (ACEL), but it was the tandem from International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) that provided the thrills at this highly successful sporting event.
Held last September 21, 2019 at The Upper Sports Deck in Pasig City, ACEL’s latest sports project, attracted 48 participants. Eduardo P. Trinidad, ACEL president, gave the opening remarks and formally opened the tournament, while Matthieu Winston Benedicto of Benedicto Steel Corporation led the prayer.
Newcomers to the ACEL tournament, the ICTSI team of Nanie Gonzales and King Arthur Espiritu played inspired badminton, including a number of acrobatic shuttle-returns that wowed even the competition, en route to winning the Division A championship. The First Philippine Skills & Equipment Testing Corporation duo of Nat Delos Santos and Mhy Jimenez took first runner-up honors.
Over at Division B, Archie Galauran and Mardy Regalado from Olympic Engineering & Sales Corporation emerged as champions, while the Civic Merchandising’s pair of Joan Vallo and Bobby Jove brought home the first runner-up trophy.
The IPM Construction & Development Corporation team of Rolly Capati and Raquel Marquez copped the Class C championship as they bested the Livan Trade Corporation tandem of Lito Garcia and Aicitel Falcis who had to settle for the first runner-up plum.
Finally, the partnership of Peejau Telebrico and Ysalou Vallo won the Class D championship to give Civic Merchandising its second trophy for the tournament. First Philippine Skills & Equipment Testing also got its second trophy from the pair of Bryan Garcia and Dante Desierto who earned first runner-up honors in the division.
ACEL’s Badminton Doubles Tournament also attracted a number of sponsors. These were Bridges Framework, Boysen Philippines, Civic Merchandising Inc., Cleamco Industrial Corporation (also an ACEL anniversary sponsor), CM Pancho Construction Inc., Eaglecor Inc. (donor), EAP Phils. Inc., Faequip Corporation, Frey- Fil Corporation, Halrey Construction Inc., HD Megatrucks and Equipment Corp., Inframachineries Corporation (also an ACEL Christmas party sponsor), J. E. Manalo & Company Inc., JVF Commercial & Project Development Support Services, Megawide Construction Corp., M.E. Sicat Construction Inc., Olympic Engineering & Sales Corp., Powertrac Inc., Prime BMD, and RMD Kwikform Phils. Inc.