The Crimson Hotel, Filinvest City Manila, have recently announced the news as the latest home of the Philippine Volcanoes for the upcoming 2018 Asia Rugby Championships held in Manila. The Volcanoes, the national Rugby team of the Philippines secured the partnership with the Crimson based on the five star services the Crimson has to offer.
“It’s a going to be a great event, we look forward to hosting Singapore and being able to showcase the top class service the Crimson has to offer. As members of Asia Rugby and World Rugby, we want to be able to offer top services to international touring teams and tournaments touring to the Philippines. Having the Crimson hotel as an official partner for the Volcanoes and Rugby in the Philippines will build a mutually beneficial partnership” shared Jake Letts, General Manager for Philippine Rugby.
The Crimson Hotel will host additional Rugby teams in 2018, the Penguin International Rugby touring team, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union and the Aberdeen Dolphins Rugby Club will be hosted on their visits to the Philippines. Teams have chosen the Philippines as a tour destination for not only it’s rugby pursuits but to engage in the cultural experience the Philippines has to offer.
Crimson Hotel Director of Sales and Marketing Kirk Anthony Llamas commented, “We’re thrilled to have partnered with Philippine Rugby for the Asia Rugby Championship. With Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila being the most preferred hotel in the metro south and Philippine Rugby, one of the country’s most successful sports teams, we’re certain that this is a perfect match and we look forward to a successful long-term partnership. And as the exclusive hotel partner of a champion team, we’re committed to providing rugby teams a home away from home experience.”
The Volcanoes and their guests will experience a distinct kind of Southern leisure or holiday at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila that’s exclusively made to satisfy crowds of varying pursuits. Apart from being the South’s ultimate lifestyle destination, Crimson Hotel is also the venue of choice for businesses, the site for the most intimate life milestones and a witness to memorable bonding moments between families and friends.
The Rugby teams will be special guests for some of 345 contemporary guestrooms; these will all feature modern interiors, international standard amenities, and high-speed WiFi connection. Their Crimson staycation comes with premium amenities from enjoying the food and beverage at Café Eight to simply making the most of your time at the Executive Lounge, swimming pool or at the 24-hour Fitness Center.
The Division 1 Asia Rugby Championships campaign kicks off today and will run for six days. Teams will play their first match tomorrow with the Philippine Volcanoes taking on Singapore at 3:00pm while the Penguins International Rugby Team will play a curtain raiser against the Philippine Residents XV at 12:30pm. Games are at Southern Plains, Calamba, entry is free.
In clear skies at Southern Plains on Saturday, the Santos Knight Frank (SKF) Mavericks took on their old foes the HMR Ibons to decide the 2018 domestic season’s SPI Rugby Championship while the Eagles RFC secured the Premiership Division.
The Championship encounter was everything the spectators had expected, a closely fought match where the weather could have been the difference between the two. With no rain, the match fell evenly across the playing conditions.
The HMR Ibons finished first after the regular season, taking out the Manila Carabaos in the first semi final. The SKF Mavericks, caused an upset over an experienced Subic Shark Jets team in the second semi final to book a place against the Mavericks last Saturday.
The Mavericks sped out of the gates early, holding nothing back, the Mavericks taking a 5 point to zero lead before Ronald Longasa went ahead with a stellar line break showing fabulous speed and footwork. Longasa set up the second 5 pointer for the Mavericks. The HMR Ibons fought back scoring a try of their own. At 12 to 7, the Mavericks slotted a penalty goal through Matthew Cowley to take the Mavericks to a 15 to 7 head start.
The HMR Ibons continued to threaten the line with their potent backline, continually putting pressure on the Mavericks defence. A converted try to the Ibons put them back in the match closing the scoreline to 15 to 14 with over 10 minutes remaining.
Strong performances through Jeremy Hernandez, Jed Dimaguya and Lito Ramirez kept the Mavericks in front. Consistent efforts from Jovic Paypon and Lyndon Adlao from the Ibons kept the Ibons in the match. After each team continually took each other blow for blow in a true tribalism form, it was the Mavericks who capitilized on a last minute penalty to secure the win, a penalty goal adding an extra three points, leaving it to a final score of 18 to 14 in favour of the SKF Mavericks and securing the 2018 Domestic SPI Championship Title.
“A remarkable final, one of the best in Philippine Rugby history. The Mavericks and Ibons can each be proud, one very good game of Rugby to watch” shared Jovan Masalunga, Competitions Manager for Philippine Rugby.
After an end to the domestic season, all eyes this weekend are on the national team the Philippine Volcanoes as they face Singapore for the Asia Rugby Division 1 Championships. The hometown heroes will be playing in front of what is expected to be a vocal home crowd, bringing international rugby to the home of local Rugby in the Philippines, Southern Plains, Calamba. Matches will kick off from midday as the Philippine Residents XV take on Penguins RFC for a pre-match curtain raiser with the main game at 3:00 pm.
The SPI Philippine Volcanoes, for the first time since 2015, will play on home soil to decide the 2018 Asia Rugby Division 1 Championship. The Volcanoes will host Singapore at Southern Plains, Calamba in a two-match head-to-head series this Saturday, 23rd June and Tuesday, 26th June.
The Volcanoes, proudly headlined sponsored by Seapac Philippines, Inc (SPI), MVP Sports Foundation and First Pacific, finished third in last year’s Division 1 Asia Rugby Championships and will be vying for a first place finish under experienced coaching staff Stu Woodhouse, Greg Mumm and former veteran Philippine Volcano Austin Dacanay.
The Volcanoes will field a mix of youth and experience for this year’s national squad, a total of 12 potential debutants to make up the final 26-man roster. Experienced campaigners Ashley Matias Heward, Steve Pagtalunan Howorth and Justin Villazor Coveney return for national duties.
“A new look roster this year, some exciting new faces have been included in the program. The likes of Robert Fogerty, Sam Callaghan and Kevin Broussard will have the opportunity for selection in the nation’s Top 15s program. These players all have their Filipino roots connecting them to the motherland, I am sure their families here in the Philippines cannot wait to see them represent the nation proudly,” shared Jake Letts of Philippine Rugby.
The Volcanoes last played Singapore on home soil in 2015 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan. The Volcanoes were pushed to the very end and managed to secure the win in overtime, after a successful penalty conversion from past fly-half Alex Norona Aronson.
In 2016, it was Singapore who edged out the Volcanoes in Malaysia after a late try secured their win, the Volcanoes however finishing on top of Singapore after points differential separated the two over the Championship standings.
In 2017, the Singapore National Team toured the Philippines to take on the Philippine Residents XV team, the Residents overcoming Singapore 29 to 17 in wet conditions. Up to nine players from the Residents XV team will be returning to make up of the Volcanoes team this year.
The Volcanoes will be using home ground advantage as a key addition to their preparation, playing on home soil adding an additional drive to the players. “Playing at home is very special to our playing group, it’s not often we get to play for the country we love, especially in front of family and friends here in the Philippines. I am really looking forward to having a vocal home crowd on cheering our players against two tough matches against Singapore,” shared Howorth, who has been selected as Team Captain for this campaign.
The two match series will be combined with two curtain raiser matches to be played prior to the Volcanoes and Singapore test matches. The United Kingdom Penguins Rugby Touring Team will take on the Philippine Residents XV team, the Residents coming off a strong win over Guam in April. The Residents XV program boasts the next batch of top rugby players in the country who sit under the Volcanoes.
The match day program kicks off at 12:30 pm when the Penguins take on the Philippine Residents followed by the main game at 3:00 pm, where the Philippines take on Singapore at 3:00pm. Entry is free
(L) Ph Volcano Manny Olondriz will look to dominate at the line out for Eagles RFC. (R) Ph Volcano Robert Jones will be a key link between the forwards and the backs for Nomads.
The first of two 2018 SPI 15s Grand Final weekends kicks off this Saturday at Southern Plains, Laguna. The nation's top Premiership teams, the Eagles RFC and the Manila Nomads, will go head-to-head to see which team will be crowned the 2018 SPI 15s Champions.
The SPI 15s, proudly sponsored by Seapac Philippines Inc, is the countries 15s domestic competition. Played over four months across four divisions for both men’s and women’s.
The Manila Nomads come into the match as reigning champions, after winning the 2017 division 32 to 29 over the Eagles RFC in what was a fiercely contested final last year. For 2018 however, it will be the Eagles as hot favorites as they remain undefeated in 2018. Boasting Philippine Volcanoes Joe Palabay Dawson, Jackson Pato and Gregory Golman, the Eagles will be looking to earn back the title of domestic club champions this year. The team is led by experienced Head Coach David Johnston, he will have to do it however without two of his star players and two Philippine Volcanoes Timothy Bweheni and veteran representative Gareth Holgate, both have been ruled out with injuries.
The Nomads will field Volcanoes of their own, most evidently Robert Amalay Jones and David Feeney who are expected to lead and direct the reigning champions. The Nomads will also call upon Resident XV Captain Chris Anderson and Ph Volcano Benjamin Priagola Mudie to be in top form to put the experienced pack on the front foot.
“The SPI 15s has always been traditionally close, last year we had the Nomads put together their best performance of the season in what was their biggest occasion, the final. They showed true grit and never gave up. I would say, it could be a different story on Saturday, I don’t think the Eagles have forgotten about that one. They will come out fighting no doubt and look to gather momentum early’ shared Jovan Maslalunga, Competitions Manager for Philippine Rugby.
Each members of the Nomads and the Eagles RFC are also playing for higher honours, all players still looking to earn selection in national colours later this month. With two national programs in competition, the Philippine Volcanoes team will play Singapore on June 23 and 26 in the Asia Rugby Championship whilst the feeder program to the Volcanoes the Philippine Residents XV team will host a touring team from the United Kingdom, the Penguins RFC on the same dates.
“It’s going to be a great game, you have the two top teams not only playing for the Premiership title, but also making their last push for selection into the National Team Programs. Coach Stu Woodhouse will be tracking players for the Volcanoes, and David Johnson keeping a close eye on who he wants in the Residents XV program. There’s plenty to play for” Jake Letts of Philippine Rugby shared.
The Premiership division for SPI 15s is the top division of domestic Rugby in the Philippines. It features the best players playing in the highest division. The Championship division final, is the second division under Philippine Rugby. It will be played next week with the HMR Ibons and the Santos Knight Frank Mavericks to battle it out for 1 and 2. The Subic Shark Jets will take on the Manila Carabaos for third while the Makati Chiefs will take on the Albay Bulkans for 5th and 6th place.
The match for the Premiership final between the Manila Nomads and the Eagles RFC is at 2:15 pm at Southern Plains on June 9, entry is free.
“It was a good result on Tuesday, however the girls know the task tonight will be much harder. So I’m expecting a very tough encounter against an experienced home team” shared Jake Letts of Philippine Rugby
On a positive side, the Philippines will field a full contingent of players, selecting their top 23 for tonight’s clash. Captain Aiumi Ono and Tanya Escala Bird have both been cleared for selection after each suffered minor injuries in Tuesday’s clash against the Indian team.
The Lady Volcanoes will look to experienced players to ensure the Singaporeans are handled. Madille Salinas from Cebu expected to once again put her body on the line after some bruising defensive efforts which helped the Philippines maintain the Indian attack in their first match.
Santos Knight Frank Mavericks representatives Rassiel Sales and Sylvia Tudoc will pair up together in the middle with some power forwards from Eagles RFC members Helena Indigne and Katrina Andrews up front. Off the substitution bench the likes of Makati Chiefs representative Eloisa Jordan from Cebu alongside Ada Milby of Eagles RFC to bring on the much needed impact when needed.
Tuesday's debutant Agot Danton from the Davao Durians will once again also play a crucial role with the boot. Danton an experienced player with a football background continues to utilize her skills in an important role for the team. Her kicking skills will be tested tonight in front of a vocal home-ground and will be clinical to the Volcanoes success.
The Philippines are aiming for their first ever Division 1 title, a win will be major boost to the Women’s Rugby program.
The final for the Asia Rugby Championships will be played at 7:00pm tonight, at Queenstown Stadium, Singapore”
Stay connected with us!