The Philippine Table Tennis Federation Inc. will be hosting the first edition of the Huaching Inter-Collegiate Challenge from August 11 to 13 at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay.
A total of 23 collegiate teams have already confirmed their participation, and the tournament is still open for additional entries.
The deadline for registration is on Monday, August 7.
Notable teams that will be competing in the event include La Salle, Ateneo, University of Santo Tomas, University of Mindanao, Central Philippine University, Far Eastern University, and Perpetual Help.
PTTF president Ting Ledesma expressed gratitude to the supporters for making the competition possible, as it is also part of their grassroots programs.
“We thank our supporters for making this competition possible as this is also part of our grassroots programs,” said PTTF president Ting Ledesma. “We invite college teams who haven’t registered to join as it is a perfect opportunity for them to gain experience for their mother leagues.”
The tournament receives support from various organizations, including the Huaching Foundation of philanthropist Bill Yap, the Philippine Olympic Committee, Gold Cross Security and Investigation Agency, Cara Celine Dormtel, Coca-Cola Bottlers, and Dino Jalandoni.
PTTF secretary general Pong Ducanes expressed excitement about organizing this event, stating that it is the biggest collegiate national table tennis event in the last 15 years.
“This is the biggest collegiate national table tennis event in the last 15 years so we are very excited to organize this event,” said PTTF secretary general Pong Ducanes.
“I believe that collegiate table tennis level has been underutilized lately and this is a chance for them to showcase their talent and skills. Teams are preparing whole year but most of the time they only play one big tournament per year.”
For those interested in participating, they can contact coach Neil Patrick Ferrer through mobile and Viber at 0998-4758695 or on Facebook at facebook.com/Neil.Patrick.Ferrer.16. The tournament format is a team event, with the first team to win two out of the three singles matches declared as the winner.