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2018 Milo/ABC Nationwide Summer Badminton Training Schedule/Program

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1st Batch
MWF- April 2, 4, 6, 16, 18, 20
TThS- April 3, 5, 7, 17, 19, 21
*Everyday is both MWF & TThS Sched

2nd Batch
MWF- April 23, 25, 27, 30, May 2, 4
TThS- April 24, 26, 28, May 1, 3, 5
*Everyday is both MWF & TThS

3rd Batch
MWF- May 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18
TThS- May 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19
*Everyday is both MWF & TThS Sched

May 20 sunday ABC Summer Tourney

4th Batch
MWF- May 28, 30, June 1, 4, 6, 8
TThS- May 29, 31, June 2, 5, 7, 9
*Everyday is both MWF & TThS Sched


Class Schedule

Beginner and Intermediate: 10:00am to 11:30am

Intermediate and Advance: 1:00pm to 2:30pm


Accommodation for stay-in player:

*for twin (2 pax) room P1,000.00/ night
* for 4 pax in a room is P1,800.00
*for 6 pax in a room is P2,400.00
*VIP for 6 pax in a room with Bath room and TV.

Special Package for stay-in trainees and whole day trainees
(for teams or groups )
Train for one month (4 weeks) and pay for 3 weeks training and accommodation and for the 4th week pay the accommodation only. “Yes” the 4th week training is FREE. And if your team or group is composed of 12 trainees. Your team / group are entitled to one trainee FREE of charge.

Contact ABC landline 725-25-68 or email us at

2017 “Invite A Friend” ABC Christmas Tournament…. a Smashing Success!!!🏸🏸

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Coach Nelson Asuncion has always been a believer of doing what has never been done before… it carries on to his badminton programs, to the athletes he has produced, even to his kids then players now coaches and Phil. Badminton Icons Kennie and Kennevic. That is why when they do something, it has to be one of a kind.

Indeed the recently concluded Christmas Tournament is a first, first in allowing ABC and Ateneo players to make new friends or simply enjoy the game of badminton with friends from different teams as partners… It has been tiring but a whole lot of great games!!! Partnerships and match ups never seen before on a high competitive level and yet no sign of animosity because they were all in the spirit of fun & sportsmanship which the center highlighted for its Christmas party.

Many schools were represented by its players, from la salle, n.u., u.p., ust, ica, xavier, notre dame, povera, ofcourse a lot fr ateneo and many more. You did not see anyone fighting over calls, instead, they joked around wrong calls or making it fun and laughing about it… yet, undoubtedly, skills of all participants were showcased and all are winners for simply getting up, playing matches that extended beyond its estimated time due to tight show of strength & skills on court.

Memorable is truly what this tournament has been… thank you to all our participants who found time to come over and celebrate Christmas with us. To all parents, family and friends that joined us, many many thanks!!!

Ofcourse all these are made doubly fun by our sponsors who gave away freebies that made our players extra happy:

Yonex Sunrise, Milo, VIS Industrial Corp., Jelexie, Carmen’s Best Ice Cream, Ding Dong mixed snacks & Milkee Polvoron, All My Tea, Hapee Toothpaste, Motolite Car USB, Go Sushi gc’s, Dove. Special Mention to our ABC parents & friends who contributed to this tournaments success: Mr. & Mrs. Vicente Dionisio, Mr. Vincent Tan, Mr. & Mrs. Andaya, Ms. Beth Carlos, Ms. Amor de Guzman, Mr. & Mrs. Sinfuego, Mr. Robert Ramos, Ms. Mimi Santos, Mr. & Mrs. Eumir de Guzman, Mr. & Mrs. Cruz, Mrs. Nancy Tung & Joan & Mr. JM Maningo and Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Ongcuangco…. a big Merry Thank You🎉🎊🏸🏸

2017 “Invite a Friend” ABC Christmas Tournament Results

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2017 “Invite a Friend” ABC Christmas Tournament Results:



Level: Lee Yong Dae

Gold: Jan E.Mangubat/ Roslee Pedrosa

Silver: Keoni Asuncion/ Christian Cuyno

Bronze: Hanz Bernardo/ Paul Pantig


Level: Lin Dan

Gold: Theodore Co/ Melvin Llanes

Silver: Anton Vargas/ Cayel Pajarillo

Bronze: RJ Ongcuangco/ JM Bernardo


Level: Lee Chong Wei

Gold: Chanelle Lunod/ Alvin Morada

Silver: Carlo Remo/ Leah Inlayo

Bronze: Geva de Vera/ Ronnel Estanislao


Level: Viktor Axelsen

Gold: Bianca Carlos/ Kevin Dalisay

Silver: Cassie Lim/ Betong Pineda

Bronze: Sam Ramos/ Glenn Camillo


Level: Peter Gade

Gold: Jacinto Maliwat/ Nikko Umal

Silver: Bea Felizardo/ Iyah Sevilla

Bronze: Fides Bagasbas/ Angela Ramos


Level: Koo Kien Kiat

Gold: Brent Wu/ Abz Pasamba

Silver: Dajo Cabradillo/ Carl Garcia

Bronze: Mika de Guzman/ Quansi Orillenda


Level: Ratchanok

Gold: Rajah Ongcuangco/ Garret Dizer

Silver: Kyle Rodrigo/ Doc JV Javier

Bronze: Roy Callanta/ Herc Callanta


Level: Yamaguchi

Gold: Zoilo Macasaet/ Ranel Mercado

Silver: Jeff Foronda/ Inah Crisostomo

Bronze: Joel Marquez/ Dane Quilala


Level: Taufik Hidayat

Gold: Denise Bautista/ Jonas Serrano

Silver: Roswell Licong/ Felice Lorenzana

Bronze: Sugar Vizmonte/ Louisa Baldos


Level: Tony Gunawan

Gold: Iane Dauson/ Percival Tiongson

Silver: Nicole Nieto/ Alyssa Chua

Bronze: Gen Lavides/ Alexis Santos


Level: Saina Nehwal

Gold: Robby Ramos/ Gabe Vilar

Silver: Cheska Andaya/ Joaquin Ruiz

Bronze: Matt Ledesma / Kiyoshi Kawachi


Level: Mathias Boe

Gold: Lexie Aguilar/ Sofia Yngson

Silver: Ethan Santos/ Sean Lam

Bronze: Niesha Guzman / Julia Dirain


Level: Carolina Marin

Gold: Patricia Moralejo/ Patricia De Dios

Silver: Amanda Austria/ Kat Alba

Bronze: Rishan Uttamchandani/ Taku Hajiwara


Level: Christina Pederson

Gold: Allyson Antonio/ Rae Lactao

Silver: Mia Recto/ Camille Santos

Bronze: Bianca Pineda/ Trisha Ng


Level: Greysia Polii

Gold: Tyke Arias/ Lester Peñalosa

Silver: Joana Asis/ Sung Been Yun

Bronze: Ash Mendoza/ Josh Fajillan


Level: Kamilla Jhul

Gold: Luis Gonzalvo/ Sean Montemayor

Silver: Justin Canedo/ Migo Peneyra

Bronze: Shaun Alina/ Anton de Tagle

The Dream Continues

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“Masakit.” That’s what Coach Nelson Asuncion replied, when asked about how he felt when his children Kennevic and Kennie Asuncion did not qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

It was one word loaded with too many meanings and too many emotional complications. After all, the family practically spent all their lives training and competing all over the world, to prove that Filipinos can excel in the highly competitive sport of badminton.

For the past four years, their schedule was unforgiving. Kennie and Vic were almost living out of their suitcases. In between their almost monthly international tournaments, there were the non-stop (and tiring) training sessions here and abroad. Rest time was spent writing endless letters to prospective private sponsors, finding the lowest hotel rates, booking the cheapest flights and finding the next tournament to compete in. Theirs was a single-minded attitude towards Beijing. But they fell short.

“I felt so disheartened,” Kennevic says. “All the frustrations welled up, and I didn’t feel like training for a time. More than the physical exhaustion, the emotional strain was very difficult for me. People thought we had an easy time, almost privileged. They don’t know that Kennie and I practically beg for sponsorships, so we could compete internationally to gain the points.”

There were many frustrations, and most of them happened off the court. A major sponsor suddenly dropped its support at a crucial time, leaving them unable to compete for three months. They were all set to leave for a major tournament, only to be told they weren’t qualified because their entry form was somehow misrouted. They lost their luggage and their uniforms on their way to France, forcing them to borrow and play with uncomfortable shoes and gear. In almost all their international tournaments, Kennie and Vic traveled without a trainer or their own coach, simply because they couldn’t afford it.

Despite all these challenges, they pushed on, driven by an almost obsessive focus on their goal. Coach Nelson even jokingly said, “Wala na daw kaming ginawa kundi mag-badminton. Pero sabi nga, di naman nakakain ang shuttle cock.” While this may be literally true, badminton for the Asuncions is food for the soul. Their passion for the sport transcends money, physical challenges, and even their own personal lives outside of badminton.

“While I felt bad about the Olympics, I also believe that we have to look at the many blessings that came our way. Focusing on our Olympic misfortune makes us miss the big picture,” Kennie says.

And surely, they have been blessed. Kennie and Vic are arguably the best badminton players the country has ever produced. Mention Philippine badminton, and their names come to mind.

They elevated the Filipinos’ awareness of the sport, using their celebrity and popularity to promote badminton. They are world-ranked and have put the Philippines on the badminton map with international victories. Locally, there simply isn’t any competition, hands down. Because of them, badminton became a mainstream sport in the country.

Perhaps these blessings, and the responsibilities that come with them, have hardened their resolve to carry on with their dreams. “Our dream does not end with us. Our real objective is to eventually produce Filipino badminton champions, whoever they may be, who will make it to the world’s top ten,” Kennie says.

And Coach Nelson couldn’t agree more. No one can break the man’s belief that Filipinos can and will excel in badminton. And given the proper training and support from the government and private sectors, it will not be long before we see a Filipino Olympic medalist in the sport.

The Asuncion Badminton Center will continue to be the training ground of champions, through the developmental programs of Coach Nelson’s Golden Shuttle Foundation. Coach Nelson, Kennie and Vic will continue going around to spot potential badminton champions, and train a new generation of players to become globally competitive. They will continue to champion badminton, harnessing their own wealth of international experience both inside and outside the court, to produce even better competitors.

And so the dream continues. And if there is any positive effect of their failure to qualify for the Olympics, it is the fact that their resolve has been strengthened even more: to find, teach and guide those young kids who dare to dream of being world badminton champions someday.

The Asuncions do practice what they preach: “Dream your dream and do your best. Never doubt, never rest. Until that dream is yours.”

The Emergency Man Goes On Court

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Arnold Clavio’s might be the first face we see on the television in the morning, and the last one at night.

This hardworking kapuso reports at the GMA Center before 5am, Monday to Friday for his early morning show Unang Hirit. Then at around 11pm, he on-cams again for the live nightly news Saksi. In between his two live daily shows, he tapes for Emergency, writes his articles for his regular newspaper columns, attends to his foundation, plays husband and father, and yes, plays badminton. The question begs to be asked.How does he do it?

“Kailangan,” he says. “Health is the most important thing. Kung titigilan kong mag badminton, sandali nyo na lang ako mapapanood.” He adds that a tight schedule should not be an excuse not to play badminton or engage in physical activities.

While he jokingly talks about mortality, he is very serious about his health. Having been diagnosed with diabetes four years ago, he felt the need for more and better exercise. He does play other sports like basketball, golf, bowling and billiards, but according to him, “kulang pa.”

So when his colleagues at GMA asked him to join their badminton games five years ago, he was instantly hooked. Badminton gives him the exercise he needs, the camaraderie he enjoys and the high he craves for.

At the peak of his addiction to the sport, he played three times a week, sometimes even on Saturdays. He even built his own badminton center with friends. He also organized several badminton tournaments for the benefit of his Igan foundation.

Currently, he plays twice a week at the Power-Up Badminton Center with friends. He plays competitively but with a lot of fun. “Masarap yung kantyawan. Pero siempre, masarap ding manalo,” he says. He adds that he has been practicing his cross court drop shot.

Our favorite Igan will be a mainstay in badminton. He says it is something he will always find time to do. Thanks to the sport, his diabetes is under control, his sugar level is manageable and his adrenalin continues to be on a high.

Common Badminton Injuries

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by Dr. Jose Raul Canlas

Injuries can get in the way of a very promising career, I have seen too many players hampered by injuries that could have been prevented. And the first step towards prevention is to be aware of all the aspects of athletic activity – endurance, muscle strength, muscle power, agility and flexibility. This means going to the gym and having a dedicated strengthening and conditioning program specifically for the muscle groups involved in your sport.

You have to realize that the sport that you involved in does not make you fit. You have to be fit to play the sport to increase your level of performance and to avoid injuries.

Badminton is a very demanding sport and requires explosive power for flicks of the wrist, lunges, jumps and rapid changes of direction and these repeated actions can put stress on the tissues and cause injury.

The three most commonly injured parts of a badminton player’s body are:

Badminton requires a lot of wrist action. An overuse of the wrist muscles usually lead to the damage of the muscles attached to the bones of the elbow. Tendonitis is a common elbow injury. Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are the other common injuries. Tennis Elbow is inflammation of the tendons of the forearm at the point where they insert into the humerus (upper arm) bone on the outer side of the elbow. This inflammation is caused by prolonged gripping activities such as when gripping a racket during Badminton.

The rotator cuffs and the scapular muscles are the most commonly injured parts of the shoulder. Shoulder pain can occur in Badminton players because there are repeated shoulder stresses during Badminton, particularly the overhead shots. The Rotator Cuff muscles are small muscles situated around the shoulder joint, which can become damaged during the stresses of Badminton.
Typically, Rotator Cuff injuries will begin as inflammation (Tendonitis) caused by small but continuous irritation. If the cause of the inflammation is not addressed, and continues over a long period of time, partial tears may develop in the cuff that could eventually become a tear all the way through one or more of the Rotator Cuff muscles.

Knee injuries are more common to women badminton players. Badminton is what is called a “cutting” sport or a sport that requires stop-and-go rapid changes in direction. This can be challenging for strong athletic knees, but more so for weak knees. Women are particularly prone to knee injuries because their musculature is not as developed as the men’s. Most commonly injured is the Vastus Medialis Obliquus (VMO) muscle that helps stabilize your patella (knee cap).

As I mentioned, all these injuries can be prevented. Our body is a constant mechanism while there are specific muscle groups that are always used in badminton, a fundamental core strengthening program for the entire body is necessary before isolating a specific body part.

Should you however feel pain during a game, the first thing to do is to ice the affected muscle. And remember that if swelling occurs, that is the sign to stop the activity and seek medical help.

Badminton in the Philippines Today: A Brief Report

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by: Amelita “Ming” Ramos

First, I would like to congratulate BX Magazine for this worthy publication project.

Over the years of my being president of the Philippine Badminton Association, badminton has grown and developed into becoming the most played and loved by Filipinos of all walks of life. However, my vision is not merely to popularize it in the country because I believe that it is one where Filipinos can truly excel and become world-class someday. Thus, I’ll continue to work hard to make this vision a reality. In fact, today, badminton is considered not just as a social sport but one that has reached another level – way beyond where it was during the previous decades.

A manifestation of this is the emergence of very young players with outstanding skills as seen during the Ming Ramos Youth Camp 2008 sponsored by Astec last September 26-27 and October 4-5. I’m truly happy to have seen children as young as 10 years old showcase their exceptional talents, hitting the shuttlecock just like grizzled veterans. Moreover, competitive tournaments with high cash prizes are also held not only in Manila but also in major cities in the provinces. Schools and universities all over the country are now doing their best to raise their teams competitiveness for their respective athletic association meets. And many badminton aficionado parents have shown their unqualified support by sending their children to foreign training centers to further hone their craft.

The association has likewise taken a big move to strengthen the national team, in line with the policy of the Philippine Sports Commission to rationalize the policies for national athletes and coaches, which resulted in the reduction of the number of national players to 50 percent – from 20 to 10. But we appealed to PSC to increase the number of players of the national team to 16.

Furthermore, to select the best young players who can be trained to become world-class athletes, we conducted a national team selection last August 8-10 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Badminton Hall. Current members of the national team and the best players from different clubs in Metro Manila and the provinces were invited to participate. The selection was done in a round-robin system with qualifying and final rounds to determine the top three in both the men’s and women’s singles and the top two in the men’s and women’s doubles.

A total of 83 players took part: 29 in men’s singles, 14 in women’s singles, 12 in men’s doubles and 8 in women’s doubles. The aspirants gave their best and great matches were witnessed; In the end, the best and the strongest emerged.

Those who qualified to national men’s team were: Antonio Benjamin Gadi, Ralph Ian Mendez and Jobett Hereli Co in singles; Andrei Babad, Mark Alvin Natividad, Roy Callanta and Raphael Sanchez in doubles; plus Kennevic Asuncion who completed the team.

The national women’s team now consists of Karyn Cecilia Velez, Malvinne Ann Venice Alcala and Gelita Castilo in singles; and Racquel Guerrero, Rachel Guerrero, Chona Medina and Cha Decatoria in doubles and Kennie Asuncion for the Mixed Doubles.

We also hired a foreign coach to assist us in making our dream reachable. With the expertise and experience of coach Indra Setiawan, a certified coach of the Indonesia Badminton Association who also has had a coaching stint in Japan, we hope to make our players competitive at the world-class standard.

We therefore encourage the players to work hard and give their best to achieve our goal. The association, with the help of the Philippine Sports Commission, will use all its resources to support the team.

Our objective won’t be possible without the support of our partners – the clubs, the players, the coaches, the technical officials, the tournament organizers, the suppliers, the parents and the badminton fans. Let us work altogether and set aside our differences and step forward towards achieving our goal of bringing our sport to greater heights.