CORAL Ocean Golf Resort last week announced the return of the manamko’ ground golf events on hole #10 of the golf course.
The hotel management, including general manager Calvin Park, welcomed about 50 senior citizens and officials from the Office on Aging.
Besides ground golf, the senior citizens enjoyed other outdoor activities such as stretching and dancing. They were also served with snacks and refreshments prepared by the Pacific Islands Club which, like Coral Ocean and Kensington, is owned by E-Land through its subsidiary, Micronesia Resorts Inc.
From 2014 to 2018, Coral Ocean provided a venue for the manamko’s friendly ground golf tournaments that included a complimentary lunch buffet.
After the hotel and its golf course were shut down by Super Typhoon Yutu in Oct. 2018, Coral Ocean’s sister hotel, PIC, hosted Older Americans Month events in May 2019.
In 2020, many social or community events could not be held because of the Covid-19 restrictions.
With the resumption of the manamko’ ground golf last week, Coral Ocean general manager Calvin Park said, “We are very happy to bring this tradition back. We are glad for this opportunity to serve them, because they are among the community’s valuable members who we can look up to.”
Park added, “Myself and our team deeply admire how energetic and cheerful the senior citizens are.”
Walter Manglona, the executive director of the Office on Aging, said: “I like to bring them out of the center to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. Because of the pandemic, we are going through hard times, but in a way it can also be a blessing as it gives us time to think about what really matters in life and what we are grateful for.”
He added, “Before the pandemic, people tend to take things for granted, but now we know that having outdoor events like this is so precious.”
Those who participated in a game of ground golf at Coral Ocean included Jesus Pangelinan, O’Brien Tudela, Lito Asuncion, Felipe Serrano, Diego Pua, and Joe Babauta who won the men’s event.
In the women’s division, the players were Helen Ramos, Rafaela Perry, Rosini Reyes, Sitae Terry, Dolores Agulto and Eden Liwag who finished first.