Golf for a Cause

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

IN CELEBRATION of their 33rd anniversary and in response to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, the Xavier University High School (XUHS) ’81 Alumni Association conducted an open golf tournament, “Golf for a cause!” at Pueblo de Oro’s Golf Estates, Country Club Drive.

The tournament started on May 1 and ended last May 3, 2014. The proceeds of the tournament will be given to charity through buildings and tents for Yolanda victims, and through the batch’s upcoming activity for street kids in the city called “Kiddie Olympics” which will be held in August alongside the city fiesta in coordination with the local government.

They do these “to be men for others,” said Rex Manuel Paayas, who pointed out that as Ateneans (students from Xavier University), in accordance with this Atenean value, they should continue to reach out and help others.


Paayas is the president of the XUHS ’81 Alumni Association. He said that most of the houses of Yolanda-stricken areas lost their roofs, if not their entire homes, and until now the victims are still in need of assistance in terms of their habitat. Earlier this year, they bought a whole building worth 30,000 pesos for the benefit of the Yolanda victims.

Last year, they gave funds to fabricated structures, classrooms, and other facilities that people badly need in Tacloban and Samar.

This was the second golf tournament the batch conducted. Their first golf tournament was held at Camp Evangelista and the activity was able to raise 50,000 pesos, which went to Xavier University scholars.

Juliet Villamil, a participant of the open golf tournament, said it was good "to help and be part of their cause."

She is currently a pediatrician, private practice in Polymedic and Madonna in the city.

She joined the tournament as a practice game for her upcoming professional golf tournament this June. Even though she did not place, “It’s a good help to the batch’s cause,” that is, to help with the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, she said.

The prizes of the tournament were not too shabby. If a golfer was able to make a hole-in-one, he or she would win a brand new car, but unfortunately, nobody was able to make that shot.

The golf tournament was divided into five (5) classes: the ladies division, and classes A, B, C, and D.

In Class A, Jung Lee Kweon bagged the tournament with 42 points. In Class B, the champion was Richard Mordeno with total points of 42.

In Class C, the champion was Melvin Alvarez with total points of 43. In Class D, the champion was Milton Along with 38 points, won via count back, leaving former city mayor, Tinnex Jaraula in the first runner-up place.

The champion of the ladies division, with total points of 36, was Chit Lastimosa.

“Not all of our batch mates are successful, naa man pud miy batchmates na galisud, pero apil napud kana,” Paayas said, stating that mainly, the groups objective is to help other people, as guided by the school’s values.

This is the only week of the year that the batch would meet. Making it more than just a gathering, the batch of XUHS ’81 Alumni Association made it their way to help out and to give back to less fortunate brothers and sisters.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 08, 2014.


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