Italy-bound Ta­bal re­ceives in­cen­tive


The P500,000 cash in­cen­tive ear­lier promised by Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña forCe­buana “Marathon Queen” Mary Joy Ta­bal, was fi­nally turned over yes­ter­day, just four days be­fore the run­ning phe­nom de­parts for her train­ing abroad.

Ta­bal, who won the coun­try’s first gold medal in last Au­gust’s 29th South­east Asian Games (SEAG) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by rul­ing women’s marathon, is sched­uled to leave for a month­long train­ing in Tus­cany, Italy.

Yes­ter­day, Cebu City Coun­cilors Gerry Guardo and Eu­ge­nio Gabuya Jr. turned over the P500,000 check in be­half of Os­meña to help de­fray Ta­bal’s train­ing ex­penses.

“It’s re­ally timely be­cause I am leav­ing on Mon­day,” Ta­bal told CEBU DAILY NEWS. “I am very thank­ful to Mayor Tommy Os­meña and to Coun­cilors Guardo and


TEAM Mamba scored an 87-74 over­time vic­tory against Futuro Sport/Nexcare in the Home­boys Bas­ket­ball 4th Ran­dall Cup at the Arch­dioce­san Shrine of San Nicolas gym last Satur­day.

Bryan Ne­ga­p­atan led Team Mamba with 19 mark­ers as the team moved up to 3-1 (win­loss) in the stand­ings.

Team Mamba com­pleted the win by scor­ing 16 points in over­time while lim­it­ing its op­po­nents to just three points.

Futuro/Nexcare had the chance to win it in reg­u­la­tion but Ryan Miro, who led the los­ing side (1-3) with 16 points, failed to con­vert at the char­ity stripe to force an ex­ten­sion.

In the other game, MB Scalar rolled past Home­boys Orig­i­nal, 73-60.

MB Scalar re­mains un­beaten at 4-0.

Mark Jayson Marfil led the team with 20 points.

Har­bour City Dim­sum (2-2) won via de­fault against CY Boys All Star (0-4). Gabuya for mak­ing this hap­pen. They ur­gently handed over the check when they learned that I will be fly­ing to Tus­cany, Italy.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ta­bal, train­ing abroad is quite ex­pen­sive. Her stint in Italy last June and July for the SEAG, costs around P2 mil­lion. She said the P500,000 fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the Cebu City gov­ern­ment is a big help for her even though she has a very sup­port­ive cor­po­rate backer, the Mo­torAce Philip­pines, which paid for her in­ter­na­tional train­ing.

The 28-year-old Ta­bal of Barangay Guba, ear­lier re­ceived P300,000 from the na­tional gov­ern­ment for her gold in the SEA Games, another P100,000 from Mayor Os­meña’s dis­cre­tionary fund, P100,000 from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment through Gov. Hi­lario Da­vide and P50,000 from pres­i­den­tial ad­viser for sports, Den­nis Uy.

Be­fore she won the SEAG gold last Au­gust, she spent two and a half months in Tus­cany, Italy, and Saint Moritz in Switzer­land to train. She has a three-year train­ing pro­gram there and other places abroad like Kenya and Ja­pan as part of her prepa­ra­tions for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, In­done­sia, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Ja­pan.

Ta­bal said she will re­turn on the last week of Novem­ber to try to an­nex an un­prece­dented fifth straight women’s ti­tle in the 41st Na­tional Milo Marathon on Dec. 3 in Cebu. She will re­turn to Tus­cany, Italy, in Jan­uary.


Cebu City Coun­cilors Gerry Guardo (left) and Eu­ge­nio Gabuya Jr. (cen­ter) turn over the check to Mary Joy Ta­bal.

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