ASAPHIL girls softball set

People’s Tonight
January 5, 2013

THE Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL) completes its school-based girls’ softball developmental program as it opens the week-long National Girls’ Secondary Softball Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 6, in Marikina.

Presented by Cebuana Lhuillier, the tournament has attracted 11 confirmed entries, including several provincial teams even as the organizers await confirmation from Zamboanga and Ilo-ilo teams.

Teams that are definitely completing are host city team from Marikina, Antipolo, Pasig, Manila, Makati, La-Salle Zobel, Woodrose from Alabang, Muntinlupa, Rizal Province, Nueva Ecija, and two teams from Bulacan representing San Miguel and Sta. Maria.

“We are preparing our year round softball program for 2013, highlight of which is our participation in the Men’s World Softball Championship in New Zealand on March, this girls’ softball tournament gives us a good start and it will expand our grassroots program for the sport,” said ASAPHIL president Jean Henri Lhuillier whose PJL group of companies, including Pera Padala, Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, Le Soleil de Boracay, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions, plus Phiten, is sponsoring the event.

Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman, together with ASAPHIL secretary-general Danny Francisco, will be the special guests at the simple opening ceremonies at 11 am on Sunday at the Sto. Nino softball park in Marikina.

Tournament formal and schedule of games will depend on the actual number of teams participating, according to ASAPHIL’S Jun Veloso.