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After the Southeast Asian Games and the back-to-back win of our boxers Manny Pacquiao and Brian Villoria, Filipinos are again gearing up for another world-class performance from our athletes as the PANGAEA Cup International Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament unfolds this March.

Starting off as an informal club of softball enthusiasts, PANGAEA is now Asia's longest existing softball competition and is home to Asia's major softball teams. Year after year the PANGAEA Cup showcases the finest softball players from amongst the best in the region.

To be held at the Alabang Country Club, this year's PANGAEA Cup will have the RP-Cebuana Lhuillier Team ( gunning for their third consecutive Super Division title with playing team owner Jean Henri Lhuillier expected to lead his team all the way to the championship.

Regarded as one of Asia's most prestigious competitions in slo-pitch softball, the PANGAEA Cup never fails to attract entries, both from local and international softball teams. A total of 13 teams from South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Chinese-Taipei and host Philippines came together last year in the tournament that featured three classifications: Club, Group A and Super Division.

The Philippines then made history as three local teams emerged champions against their equally formidable foreign counterparts. Leading the A-list teams was the RP-Cebuana Lhuillier which dominated the Dubai-based Just 1 More team to win the championship in the Super Division. Two other local teams, Meralco and Le Soleil de Boracay also won in their respective categories.

The 13th PANGAEA Cup is being organized by the Amateur Slo-Pitch Softball Association of the Philippines and will be held from March 3 to 5.

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