Raging Bulls

It’s an annual fiesta of the bulls, all right. And it has the makings of the original Fiesta del Toro, in Pamplona, Spain, where wild bulls rampage out of corrals over narrow, winding streets, and after excited tourists. Yes, very much like Pamplona's Run of the Bulls, but only this time the wild, wild taros are all inside the corral.

“Rodeo sa Phillips” is an exciting time for strengthening ties with our neighbors and partners in the cattle industry. Dubbed as an Inter Municipality Rodeo, this year's event featured teams from Manolo Fortich, Libona, Sumilao and lmpasug-ong.

Giving added color to the occasion was the presence of Mayors Benjamin Albarece (Manalo Fortich), Alex Calingasan (Libona), Mario Okinlay (lmpasug-ong) and Rey Baula (Sumilao). Serving as host was Plantation Operations Vice President Marco Lorenzo.

Del Monte has, in recent years, expanded its livestock operations begun in the mid-50's. At the heart of its pineapple plantation now lies one of the country's biggest livestock farms. Del Monte's herd of Australia-imported cattle is fattened on a special diet of pineapple pulp, giving its beef a distinct flavor.

As a leading member of Northern Mindanao's livestock industry, Del Monte has extended strong support for its continuing growth. Support from the government has also encouraged other industry neophytes to expand operations.

After a rough-and-tumble at the Phillips Plaza corral, lmpasug-ong's team grabbed the top slot, closely followed by Manalo Fortich (2nd), Libona (3rd) and Sumilao (4th). Del Monte's cowboys joined the Manolo Fortich team.

At the Kalilangan Rodeo Festival in General Santos City, Del Monte's rodeo team bagged the championship trophy after roughing it up against nine other teams from Mindanao. This event was sponsored by Mt. Matutum Cattle Ranchers and Breeders Cooperative and the Kalilangan Foundation, Inc. Congratulations to our multi-awarded rodeo fighters Kenneth Ramonal, Raul Abriol, Gibson Bargayo, Jaime Bayagna, Eddie Abriol and Aldrin Ramonal. Team coach and Del Monte Livestock manager Dr. Nonoy Albarece received the team's trophy after the one-day bout, in Gensan.

Host The Country's Long Running Annual Golf Series

One of the country's oldest and most scenic golf courses played host recently to the country's long running annual golf series. Del Monte golf course, nestling on the Bukidnon plateau amid vast pineapple fields, saw this year's finest crop of vintage and future golf stars in the Phil. Airlines Interclub Tournament. Over 80 teams from across the country and in the U.S. signed up for the Seniors and Men's Regular play-offs.

Del Monte's host-partner for this year's tourney was Pueblo de Oro, Cagayan de Oro's golf “wonder.”

Luis P. Lorenzo, Jr., DMPI Board Chairman, flew down to Mindanao to play host to tourney participants while playing for Del Monte's men's team. Among those who graced the ceremonial tee-off for the Seniors Team were 7-time Philippine Open Champion Celestino Tugot, Manolo Fortich Mayor Benjamin Albarece, DMPI Corp. Human Resource and Corp. Affairs vice pres. Jaime W. Ong, PAL vice president Felix Cruz and Pueblo de Oro vice president and gen. manager Rudy Mellas. PAL's steering committee led by Atty. Domingo Duerme worked closely with Del Monte Golf Club led by chairman Mike Comique and president Boy Balandra.

Playing for the Del Monte senior's team were DMGC chairman Comique, team captain Roger Fillarca, Bert Gamolo, Lao Raut, Loloy Pabayo, Benjing Sanchez, Dodo Minoza, Inciong Bautista and Flor Arancon, and for the men's team, team captain Ramon Velez, Ben Minoza, Johnny Minoza, Flor Badelic, Joel Opaco, Joel Bernaldez, Tristan Tabanas, Lino Retuerto and DMPI Chairman Luis P. Lorenzo, Jr.

Del Monte Ladies at Southern Ladies Golf Tourney

Lady members of the Del Monte Golf Club had a fair chance on the greens when Cagayan de Oro's Pueblo de Oro played host to the Southern Ladies Golf Tournament.

The team's youngest player - 12-year old Lovelyn Guioguio - romped away with the 2nd runner-up medal in the Class B Division.

Playing with Lovelyn during the tourney were her mother and golf mates Rachel Bacarrisas, Maribel San Miguel, Eva Minoza, Lilibeth Jaranilla (team captain), lnday Minoza, Diane Seon, Alice Bautista, Mayette Cornique and Linda Arinzol.

Top Form

Golf veteran Tommy Manotoc, 50, outdueled two of the country's finest jungolfers to lead Canlubang to its ninth PAL Interclub championship by scoring a tournament high 40 points in a thrilling final day shootout at Pueblo de Oro. His 40 points turned out to be the cushion needed by Canlubang to beat Luisita by three points. Manotoc more than made up for his poor 31 at the Del Monte golf course earlier where he hit three greens but couldn't putt. Except when he was away during the post-EDSA Revolution years, he has not missed the Interclub since joining it as a 17-year old.

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