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What better way to thank the sports scribes who were religiously covering the San Miguel Beer games in the PBA than to engage them in a friendly but competitive beer drinking contest.

And so it was very timely that the 10th San Miguel Beer National Beer Drinking Contest marked the Beermen's title reign in the PBA Fiesta Conference via a special sports media edition of the event held recently at The Cruise Bar and Restaurant at the San Miguel By The Bay at the SM Mall of Asia.

"It was very exciting as we got to interact with the sportswriters. It was an opportunity to put a face to the names of the sportswriters who write about us in the PBA, "said Olsen Racela." Also, the contest itself was very intriguing and interesting. We really wanted to join."

Racela's team came up short of the title with a clocking of one minute and 59 seconds . His teammates were Daily Tribune's Julius Manicad, Philippine Star's Joey Villar, Business Mirror's Aldrin Quinto and Samigue Eman.

The team composed of Jonas Villanueva , Chris Calaguio, Philippine Daily Inquirer sports editor and Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) president Teddyvic Melendres, Marc Reyes of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Abac Cordero of Philippine Star emerged victorious and romped away with the crown with a clocking of 1 minute and 33 seconds.

Dorian Pena and Bonbon Custodio led their team to third place with a time of 2:01. Other team members were Alex Pastor of Business Mirros and radio DJs, Migs Anzures and Sam Mupanza. Fourth place went to the team of Business Mirror sports editor Jun Lomibao, Tito Roxas, Abante's John Paulino along with San Miguel support staff Raffy Hanopol and Obet Alberto at 2:17.

The San Miguel Brewery, Inc. (SMB) backed-event had Alvin Patrimonio, Peter Martin and SMB team manager Hector Calma as judges. Ken Bono, Froilan Baguion, Mike Cortez, Marc Pingris and Dondon Hontiveros also eagerly joined the event.

SMB National Sales Manager Debbie Namalata said the event aims to surpass 60,000 participating teams or 300,000 beer drinkers. The fastest team this year will win P500,000 in tax-free cash while second and third placers will receive P200,000 and P100,000, respectively.

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The Beermen Team celebrates the 10th year of the SMB Beer Drinking Contest during the media challenge held at The Cruise Bar and Restaurant at the San Miguel by the Bay at SM Mall of Asia. Tryouts are now conducted in varuiys bars and restaurants as well as in SMB's special events and street parties nationwide until September 30

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