Manila Bulletin – June 10, 2018

SANTA ANA, Cagayan — The Davao pair of Lot Catubag and Karen Quilario played as good as advertised and Tuguegarao’s Charo Soriano and Bea Tan made their statement as hostilities in the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA)-First Cagayan Leisure and Resort Corp. Beach Volleyball Republic International Santa Open got off to a rousing start on Saturday.

The Catubag-Quilario duo and Soriano-Tan tandem each won their first two assignments in ideal conditions on the beach just off this important node of economic development in Northern Luzon to make their presence felt.

Another Philippine team, Southwestern University’s Therese Ramas and Floremel Rodriguez, and Singapore Merlions’ Kelly Sim Son Shwu Yuen and Huang Zihui also went 2-0 won-lost in the preliminaries of the event presented by CEZA headed by Secretary Raul Lambino and First Cagayan Leisure and Resort Corp. led by its president Francis Hernando.

Reigning BVR champions Catubag and Quilario opened their campaign in Group B with a 21-10, 21-13

Victory over Hong Kong’s Chen Mei Kit and Yip Wai Yan and went unscathed with a 21-13, 21-19 conquest of Iloilo’s DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia in the two-day event that also features a 10-team men’s championship.