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Message from FAACV President, Mr, Rudy Bolipata
Wrap-up for the Philippine Wildcats 2017
We congratulate the various RVA organizations that joined hands with FAACV to help facilitate the Philippine Wildcats’ participation in the recent Bronco 11 World Series at the Harry Daniel Park in Chester, Virginia. Allow us to express our appreciation for the wonderful reception and care the team and chaperones received – we did it, again. Our apologies for any omissions in the list below, we tried our best to come up with as complete a listing, but memory is such a fickle attribute of being human.
Overall, it was a successful visit by the Philippine Wildcats, a team made up of a selection of 2 players from Marikina City, 3 from Tanauan City, and 6 from Muntinlupa City. Wins or losses aside, the more important aspects are the meaningful experiences and interactions of the 11 year olds, their coaches and chaperones with their counterparts. With the full support of the local Filipino-American community, their short trip was, hopefully, an opportunity to show to this part of Virginia a glimpse into how baseball lives in Philippine sports culture. Please see the recap below:
Sunday, July 23
10:45 am – Pickup of players, coaches, and chaperones by assigned drivers from Richmond International Airport.
6:00 pm – Pickup by Chesterfield Baseball Shuttle Bus and assigned driver at Greyhound Bus Terminal, of half of delegation who landed at Washington DC – they were driven to Comfort Inn Chester, the official hotel of the Bronco 11 World Series.
7:30 pm – Pickup of delegation who checked in at Comfort Inn Chester to attend Potluck/Welcome Party at Gerry and Beth Balallo’s residence. After the party, transport was arranged for the players, coaches and adult chaperones to their host families as well as the rest of the delegation back to Comfort Inn Chester.
5:00 pm – Scrimmage in Glen Allen at RF&P Field # 2 vs Glen Allen All-Stars (12 years old)
7:00 pm – Picnic/Dinner at RF&P Pavilion hosted by Glen Allen All-Stars/FAACV
5:00 pm – Scrimmage in North Chesterfield at Rockwood Park Field # 4 vs Chesterfield Bronco 11
7:00 pm - Picnic/Dinner – hosted by Himig Pilipino Choir and Chesterfield Baseball Clubs
3:00 pm – Check in by the players and coaches at Comfort Inn Chester, transport courtesy of the host families
6:00 pm – Welcome party at the hotel for players and coaches hosted by Chesterfield Baseball Cubs
4:30 pm – Opening ceremonies at Harry Daniel Park
5:30 pm – First Game vs East Zone Champion Western Branch of Va Beach, a loss by the Wildcats
7:30 pm – Dinner sponsored by Vic and Nancy Capio-Florece at their residence
12:00 pm – lunch delivery by Mall Walkers Group c/o Jun and Nemy Gopez
5:30 pm – Second game was a loss to Texas
7:30 pm – No dinner delivery, team dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse Grill
10:00 am, 12:30 pm, or 5:30 pm – games were rained out, no reschedule for losers bracket
11:00 am – Skills Competition, rained out
12:00 pm – Lunch courtesy of Philippine Nurses Association RVA Chapter c/o Dr Tom & Tita Bonzon
7:30 pm – Dinner delivered by Kultura Pilipino c/o Aly and Joan Ylarde
7:45 am – Mass at the St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in the West End
8:30 am – Semi-finals and Final games played, Wildcats did not participate due to two losses
9:00 am – Brunch/Pool Party at Don & Jinky Tweedy’s Residence, sponsored by the Filipino Community at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
12:00 pm – Departure of group who will fly via Washington, DC, transport provided by hosts and team rental cars.
12 pm – Rest of team departure via Richmond International Airport, ETD 6:00 pm. Transport provided by Chesterfield Baseball Clubs.
Host Families – 7/23 to 7/26:
Gerry and Beth Balallo Rick and MaryAnne Brynildsen
Rudy and Evelyn Bolipata Bong and Ruby Hilario
Gerry Balallo Bong and Ruby Hilario
Rudy and Evelyn Bolipata Henry and Angie Marzan (of Manila Mail and Maryland)
Romy Casupanan Nilo and Cecille Migo
Nards Ereso Rumy and Marj Mohta
Filipino Meals Served by
7/24 – FAACV/OLL 7/28 – Mall Walkers Group
7/25 – Himig Pilipino Choir 7/29 – PNARVA and Kultura Pilipino
7/27 – Vic and Nancy Florece 7/30 – Fillipino Community at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Did you catch us walking down Broad St or saw us on TV (CBS 6) at last year's annual Richmond Christmas Parade? We had loads of fun showcasing our traditional Filipino wear and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas
This year, we will at the Parade again in our own float, wishing everyone Maligayang Pasko.