Archive for February, 2009


Adriano Galang Torres Jr. – First Filipino National Men’s Single Badminton Champion

Adriano G. Torres Jr.

I got interested with this article because it happens to be that the first National Men’s Single Champion is a Filipino, my fellowman. So I wanted to give a mark of respect to that person. You can see the names listed as the Roster of National Champions. You can see the name of the first person…….. “ ADRIANO G. TORRES JR.”. That’s the person I’m talking to.

I just want my reader to be aware of all the accomplishments and a brief background knowledge of the life of Adriano G. Torres Jr.

Roster for National Champions

Here are some of his accomplishments:


1948  –  Manila Bar Association of Badminton Clubs Singles Champion

1949  –  National Singles Champion

1950  –  National Singles Champion and a member of Philippine Team that participated in the Hong Kong Open

1951   –  Finalist Hong Kong Badminton Championship

–  Ramon Young of Hong Kong

1952  –  Wong Peng Soon of Malaya All England World Champion

–  Represented Philippines with Mariano Yanga in Hong Kong

–  Played an exhibition games against the American team held at the La Salle College Open championship College Open Championship

1953  –  National Singles Champion and member of the Philippine Team for Hong Kong Inter Club Tournament

1954  –  National Singles & Doubles Champion and represented a private club to compete in Hong Kong Inter Club

1955  –  National Singles & Doubles Champion with Ramon Bayot

–  Played exhibition games against the American Team that participated in the Thomas Cup in Malaya Interclub championship held in Kowloon, Hong Kong

1956  –  Participated in the 1st National Open and International Amateur Championship in Tokyo, Japan

–  Doubles Champion with Ramon Bayot

1957  –  National Singles & Doubles Champion

–  Philippine Sportswriters Association Awardees for active and most outstanding participation in Badminton thus promoting the advancement of and contributing immeasurably to Philippine Sports

–  A member of a private team that participated in Hong Kong and Taiwan Badminton Championship respectively

1958  –  National Single Champion

1961  –  Metropolitan singles & doubles champion with Eddie Malia

1972  –  Philippine Badminton Association Achievement Awardees for being the best Filipino badminton player ever developed in the Philippines, famous for “fancy” strokes reigning as Singles champion from 1949 to 1958 and Doubles Champion with Ramon Bayot from 1954 to 1957

1973  –  National Veterans Double Champion with Johnny Wong

1974  –  National Veterans Doubles champion with Johnny Wong and finalist in Palarong Pambansa

1977  –  Attended and successfully completed the Instructor Course for training Coaches held from May 7 to March 13 held at the Century Park Sheraton Hotel. Also attended the Three Day Sports medicine Seminar for Coaches conducted by the Sports Medicine Association of the Philippines and sponsored by the Philippine Olympic Committee with the cooperation of the National Sports Association on May 26, 27 and 28, 1977 at Silahis International Hotel, Manila

–  Coach of the RP badminton team that compete in Pesta Sukan in the Genting Highland, Kuala Lumpur

RP Team

LOOKING AT THE fifty’s Adriano Torres Jr. now won’t betray the fact that during his heydays, he was the undisputed badminton king-pin in the Philippines. Except for a handshake that lets you feel a firm grip, you wouldn’t have any idea that Mr. Torres was an athlete, and still is. He is limping when he walks, a result of rheumatoid arthritis that forced his retirement after what’s perhaps the most illustrious career hereabouts in his field.

Still, a look at the record books gives proof of what most everybody doesn’t know. He was the most dominant figure in badminton in the ‘50s, being the national singles champion for seven years in the period spanning 1949 to 1958. He was the mixed doubles champion with Consuelo G. Paredes in 1953, and reigned as doubles kingpin with Raymond Bayot from 1954 to 1957. His exploits took him to such foreign lands as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.

The most eloquent recognition of Torres’ achievements as a player came in 1957, when the Philippine Sportswriters Association named him as the year’s awardees for badminton, but nothing perhaps can sum up his eminent record better than the achievement award he received in the ‘70s. Given in February 1972, the award cited Torres “for being the best Filipino badminton player ever developed in the Philippines, (becoming) famous for his ‘ fancy ‘ strokes and reigning as singles champion from 1949 to 1958 and doubles champion with Raymond Bayot from 1954 to 1957.”

Indeed, nobody before his retirement and since has come out and appeared capable of duplication Torres’ feats. Even Torres himself has a similar view. Without a trace of being egoistic, Torres says that the current crop of badminton stars does not have a single individual standout. “Everybody is about on the same level,” he says. Domingo Panganiban, his partner on the local badminton team, observes that Torres is in a class all his own. “ His winning is really different,” Panganiban says.

Torres has been with the System even before he became national champion. He joined the then-Metropolitan Water District as a casual employee in 1947. Because of his badminton prowess, the System held sway in tournaments it joined like the national open, metropolitan open and the GCAA, which was born about 1958.

Torres, in between smashing shuttlecocks, was also working and studying, once taking up architecture which he wasn’t able to finish due to his numerous pursuits. He worked himself in to a decent position in the System. He was assigned at the Property Division sometime in the ‘50s, then at the Administrative Division (the current Property) doing clerical jobs later. In the mid-‘60s, he was transferred to the Collection Department as a batcher, before being assigned as a serviceman at the Sampaloc Branch some 15 years ago, a position he holds to this day. His stint as a branch man has been his longest assignment, and he figures to perform his job of investigator up to his retirement from the service.

Any talk with Torres, however, in variably goes back to the sport closest to his heart. It was actually his father, the late pastor Adriano Torres Sr., who introduced him to the sport. In no time, however, he was beating his father at his own game. The younger Torres says that he would have no second thoughts teaching his own son the same sport. “If I only had a boy, I would have wanted very much to pass on to him my badminton know how,” he says. “If I can do it to others, I don’t see any reason why I can’t do it to my own son.”

Unfortunately, Torres was not lucky enough to have a son. He and his wife of almost 28 years, the former Erlinda Arguelles, were blessed with three children, all girls. The eldest, Erlinda is already a full-fledged CPA, and has a five-year-old son. The second, Ester, and is entering her third year proper in medicine. Rosario, the youngest, is a commerce graduate who majored in accounting.

Looking at the 50s

True to his calling, Torres continues to play badminton as a doubles player for the System. At 57, he can still hold his own against players 30 years his junior. The System dethronement in the event last year, in a way, can be traced to faulty play in the doubles. “I did not play ion the last tournament because I gave in to younger players,” Torres reveals. “I will play again this year to regain our lost prestige.”

Torres is also preoccupied with imparting his knowledge to younger players. Since his retirement from competitive play on the national level, he has been coaching and teaching youngsters. A recognition of his value as tutor was his being named as head coach of the national team for 18 years and under to the Genting Highlands Pesta Sukan in 1977, and his appointment as coach of the second national pool last year.

He prides himself in having turned out his own flock of young stars. Among them are women’s champion Martha Millar, her brother Marty, a former national open semifinalist, onetime women’s national finalist Helen Uy, and national women’s players Irene Viola and Sandy Prieto.

It would appear that whether it’s on or off the court, Adriano Torres Jr. is one of those people who have made the best of themselves. Truly, that’s more than a handful of what you can say about some people. He died in Manila last January 11, 1997. He is special to me. Take a bow, Adriano Torres Jr.


🙂  He is my father! 🙂


Brief Facts

I will give you a brief facts  before I continue my article. 


Badminton is the third fastest game in the world. 


The unofficial world singles champion in Badminton is an Asian – 18 year old Rudy Hartono – a high school student from East java.  Indonesia, Hartono made his debut in the 1967 Thomas Cup series against Malaysia.  He beat the Malaysia Champion Tan Aik Juang and Yew Cheng Joe in the singles.  He is the youngest player in the history of the championships to win the all-England title – which carries with it the unofficial title of a world champion.


Malaysia is the holder of the Thomas cup – symbolic of world Badminton supremacy.  Since the institution of the Thomas Cup, only two nations have won it – namely:  Malaysia from 1948 to 1955 and Indonesia from 1957 to 1964.  Malaysia won it back in 1967.  These are both Asian countries.


This is the first time that the Philippines will be host to an Asian championship in Badminton.  The ABC is composed to 17 nations.  Filipinos could very well be champions in the game.  Badminton is played in more countries than any other sports – with the possible exception of tennis.    In Indonesia, there are 10 million persons who play Badminton.  In Malaysia and Singapore, no school will be allowed to operate without a badminton court. 


The First Asian Confederation Badminton Championship was held in India.


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Many of his projects involved site planning of building groups.  Two such projects were the master plans of colleges at Otaniemi (1949-55) and at  Jyvaskyla (1952-57).  Aalto’s experience in planning originated early with such industrial commissions as the Sunila cellulose factory (designed 1936-39, built 1951-54), which included workers’ housing and was a triumph of comprehensive planning.

The single work that epitomizes Aalto’s mature style is perhaps the Saynatsalo town hall group.  Modest in scale in its forest setting, it nonetheless assets a quiet force.  Its simple forms are in red brick, wood, and copper, all traditional materials of Finland.  Viewing it, a person feels the achievement of a perfect building, in that the essence of the time, the place, the people, and their purpose is brought into focus by the awareness of the architect.

There are two buildings by Aalto in the United States: Baker House dormitory, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, where Aalto was professor of architecture from 1945 to 1949; and the library of Mount Angel Abbey (a Benedictine college and seminary), in Oregon.  Baker House, on the embankment of the Charles River, takes the form of a six-storey serpentine wall of rough red brick.  Each of the dormitory rooms, some of which are wedge-shaped, has a view either up or down the river.  Like Baker House, the Mount Angel library is an example of Aalto’s response to the site.  Its interior construction follows the downward-sloping terrain, enclosing a dramatic, multilevel room that fans out from the entrance.  The bookcases are arranged in radial pattern, and the room is lighted by curved skylights that repeat the rhythmic lines of the balconies.

Aalto received many honours.  He was a member of the Academy of Finland (Suomen Aketemia) and was its president from 1963 to 1968;  he was a member of the Congres Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne from 1928 to 1956.  His awards included the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects (1957) and the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects (1963).  He died in Helsinki on May 11, 1976. William Benton (1943-1973), Helen Hemingway Benton (1973-1974). “The New Encyclopedia Britannica”


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Finnish pavilions for two world’s fair (Paris, 1937); New York, 1939-40)  further enhanced Aalto’s reputation as an inventive designer of free architectural forms.  In these designs, both chosen in competition, he continued to use wood for structure and for surfaces effects.  Further renown came in 1938, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York City held an exhibition of his work, showing photographs of his buildings and examples of his furniture.

Aalto’s  experiments in furniture date from the early 1930’s, when he furnished the sanatorium at Paimio.  His furniture is noted for its use of laminated wood in ribbonlike forms that serve both structural and aesthetic ends.  In 1935 the Artek Company was established by Aalto and Mairea Gullichsen, the wife of the industrialist and art collector, to manufacture and market his furniture.  The infornal warmth of Aalto’s interiors is best seen in the much admired country home Villa Mairea, which he built for the Gullichsens near Noormarkku, Finland.

Mature style.  The decade of the 1940s was not productive;  it was disrupted by war and saddened by his wife’s death.  In 1952 he married Elissa Makinieni, a trained architect, who became his new collaborator.

Aalto’s commissions after 1950, in addition to being greater in umber, were more varied and widely dispersed: a high-rise apartment building in Bremen (1958), persed:  a church in Bologna (1966), an art museum in Ian (1970).  His continuing work in Finland, however, remained the measure of his genius. – William Benton (1943-1973), Helen Hemingway Benton (1973-1974). “The New Encyclopedia Britannica”


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Both the office building and the sanatorium emphasize functional, straightforward design and are without historical stylistic references.  They go beyond the simplified classicism common in Finnish architecture of the 1920s, resembling somewhat thew building designed by Walter Groupius for the Bauhaus school of design in Dessau, Germany (1925-26).  Like Gropius, Aalto use smooth white surfaces, ribbon windows (that is, windows in a continuous band), flat roofs, and terraces and balconies.

The third commission, the Viipuri Municipal Library, although exhibiting a similar dependence on European prototypes by Gropius and others, is a significant departure marking Aalto’s personal style.  Its spatially complex interior is arranged on various levels.  For the auditorium portion of the library Aalto devised an undulating acoustic ceiling of wooden strips, a fascinating detail that, together with his use of curved laminated wood furniture of his own design, appealed both to the public and to those professionals who had held reservations about the clinical severity of modern architecture. 

The warm textures of wood provided a welcome contrast to the general whiteness of the building.  It was Aalto’s particular success here that identified him with the so-called organic approach, or regional interpretation, of modern design.  He continued in this vein, with manipulation of floor levels and use of natural materials, skylights, and irregular forms. By the mid-193s Aalto was recognized as one of the world’s outstanding modern architects; unlike many of his peers, he had an identifiable personal style. William Benton (1943-1973), Helen Hemingway Benton (1973-1974). “The New Encyclopedia Britannica”



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Alvar Alto

Alvar Aalto

The Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, whose work exemplifies the best of the 20th-centtury Scandinavian architecture, was one of the first to depart from the stiffly geometric designs common to the early period of the modern movement and to stress informality and personal expression.  His style is regarded as both romantic and regional.  He used complex forms and varied materials, acknowledged the character of the site, and gave attention to every details of building.  He also was active in city planning and furniture design.  Aalto achieved an international reputation through his more than 200 buildings and projects, ranging from factories to churches, a number of them built outside Finland.

Early work.  Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto was born in Kuortane, in west central Finland, on February 3, 1898.  His architectural studies at the Technical Institute of Helsinki in Otaniemi were interrupted by the Finnish War of Independence, in which he participated.  Following his graduation in 1921, Aalto toured Europe and upon his return began practice in Jyvaskyla, in central Finland.  In 1927 he moved his office to Turku, where he worked in association with Erick Bryggman until 1933, the year in which he moved to Helsinki.  In 1925 he married Aino Marsio, a fellow student, who served as his professional collaborator until her death in 1949.  The couple had two childe.

The years 1927 and 1928 were significant in Aalto’s career.  He received commissions for three important buildings that established him as the most advanced architect in Finland and brought him worldwide recognition as well.  These were the Turun Sanomat Building (newspaper office)  in Turku, the tuberculosis sanatorium at  Paimio, and the Municipal Library at Viipuri (now Vyborg).  His plans for the last two were chosen in a competition, a common practice with public buildings in Finland. –William Benton (1943-1973), Helen Hemingway Benton (1973-1974). “The New Encyclopedia Britannica”


Photo courtesy:  architecture.myninjaplease



Pari Talks on Life Story

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