BVR welcomes foreign teams in Metro Manila leg
Amanda Villanueva will have to go through some major competition if she wants to win a second straight BVR on Tour leg.
Before taking the road again, BVR on Tour makes a quick stop to hold an actual leg in Metro Manila.
Yep, beach volleyball fans in the city rejoice.
Leg 5 of the BVR on Tour 2017 returns to SM Mall of Asia this weekend for a two-day tournament that will feature both the men's and women's division.
However, things are a little different this time around as BVR went ahead and invited a couple of foreign teams to join the fray.
That's right, for the first time since Invitationals in Cagayan last year, BVR will host foreign beach volleyball players.
Japan will have a team for the April 22-23 joust sponsored by Hotel 101, Nestea, and SM Sands by the Bay with Keiko Urata and Chiyo Suzuki coming all the way from the land of the rising sun.
Hong Kong and Singapore will also be represented through Lo Wai Yan and Tan Xiang Ting.
Completing the women's division will be Bea Tan and the returning Rupia Inck for BVR-A, Dzi Gervacio and Iya Yongco for BVR-B, Amanda Villanueva and Rapril Aguilar for BVR-C, Camille Abanto and May Ann Pantino for Airforce, Jackie Estoquia and Jennifer Cosas for Team Visayas, and Lot Catubag and Kaka Quilaro for Team Tagum.
"We're now opening our legs to competitive foreign players and teams who are interested to come here in the Philippines to travel and play," Tan said.
"We figured that this would really be good in making the competition level better. Local players can rub off the foreign competitiveness and skills," she added.
In the men's division, three-time leg champions KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto headline the field that also include rivals Jeremiah Barrica and Kevin Hadlocon.
Bacolod's Simon Aguillon and Ralph Savellano, Army's Jason Uy and Jaidal Abdulmajid, Navy's Milo Parcon and Boboy Medino, Air Force's Edwin Tolentino and Mike Abria, Team Osi's Pemie Bagalay and Peejay Cuzon, and Perpetual's Taneo brothers complete the cast.
Champions get to take home P40,000 in cash and P40,000 worth of gift packs while second and third placers win P20,000 and P10,000 respectively.
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