Atwal, who has been trying to re-discover his form on the Asian Tour last few weeks, started from the tenth and was one-over after five holes, but then fired four birdies in a row from 15th to 18th.

He then had one bogey and two birdies on second nine to close at 68.

Other Indians making the cut were Shiv Kapur (73) and Himmat Rai (74), both of whom were at two-under 142 in tied 29th place, while Chiragh Kumar (72-71) and Rahil Gangjee (73-70) were tied 41st.

Jeev Milkha Singh (76-69) just scraped inside the cut line in tied 59th, while Jyoti Randhawa (72-75) was the lone Indian to miss the cut.

Korean teenager Wang Jeung-hun fired a sizzling seven-under 65 to share the halfway lead with overnight leader Mardan Mamat of Singapore.

The 19-year-old Wang nailed nine birdies against two bogeys for a two-day total of 11-under 133, matching the efforts of Mardan, who signed for a 68 at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.

Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand was two shots back in third place following a 69 while Malaysia's Danny Chia and Englishman Steve Lewton shared fourth on 137 at the richest golf event in the Philippines.

Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei, Malaysia's Nicholas Fung and Japan's Daisuke Kataoka, who was the co-overnight leader, were amongst those sharing sixth place on 138.

Wang, who lived in the Philippines for six years and won the 2011 Philippines Amateur Championship, credited some luck and a hot putter for his propelling him into the lead for the first time in an Asian Tour event.

The halfway cut was set at 145 with 66 players moving into the last two rounds.

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