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In 1973, Mr. Rodolfo R. Tingzon Sr. was introduced to the PONY Baseball/Softball Program by then PONY Asia Pacific Director Mr. Bill Simmons. During that time, Mr. Tingzon was President of the Manila Bay Baseball League, the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association and Little League, Philippines.  Therefore, believing that the PONY program was more adaptable to the Philippine Baseball & Softball Youth Development Program, he concluded his ties with the Little League organization to concentrate more on the PONY program.  He was able to establish chapters to more than 20 provinces in 8 regions nationwide with the help of local government units.  The program was so successful that most private and public schools adopted the PONY program and are still in place until today.   In 1974, Mr. Tingzon linked up with Mr. Shinsuke Ito of Japan and together introduced the PONY Program to other Asian countries namely Chinese Taipei and Korea.  From that point, these four countries became a dominant force in the Asia Pacific Zone Regional Tournaments and the World Series.  Furthermore, his active participation and contribution in the affairs of the Asia Pacific Zone led to several systems now applied in today’s Asia Pacific Regional Tournaments.  In 2010, we now see the Asia Pacific Zone membership grow to 10 countries namely; China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore and Vietnam.

 

Pictured from left to right: Rod Tingzon, South East Asia Region Director (son of Rodolfo), Rodolfo Tingzon (award recipient), Abraham Key, President of PONY Baseball and Softball and Masatome Inoue, Asia pacific Zone Director.



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