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Filipinos' Love For Bowling
The Love For Bs
This is the Fifth in the Series titled Filipinos Love For Bs (see the links for each article at the end).
So if you have been following this, by now you would have known that Basketball is huge in the Philippines. You would also know that Boxing is almost as huge if not bigger now. And we also found out that Billiards is pretty much on the same plane as those two sports and disciplines.
Now we come to what could be the fourth biggest sport in the Philippines, the sport of Bowling.
And again it starts with a B.
We also know that the Balisong Knife is also huge in many parts of the islands, well of course that is where the modern day Butterfly (Batangas) knife originated.
Now kids in the U.S.A, in some Hispanic countries, in Japan, in Korea and in many parts of the world grew up playing baseball.
We also know that kids in most of South America, in Africa, In Europe play football (soccer).
But in the Philippines, kids grow up playing either basketball, billiards, backyard boxing and yes, bowling--duck-pin, ten-pin, put up your own pins, mismatched pins, any number of pins bowling.
My mom played it. My sisters play it. As a family, we still play it from time to time.
My childhood friends and I play it. My classmates in college played it. I tried once to apply for a job at our neighborhood mall’s bowling lanes (which I didn’t get).
I participated in bowling tournaments at work. We play it in Wii. We just play it. Yes Filipinos do.
And what has the Philippine have to show for it?
One word: Paeng Nepomuceno.
Okay that was two words but just that name alone have carried the entire Filipino nation to World Bowling consciousness and a rightful place in world bowling history.
And why do you ask?
Okay if you have to ask that, then I can say that you probably have not played or watched that many games of bowling in your life.
But if you must know, then Paeng is basically the Living Legend of Bowling.
- International Bowling Hall of Fame
- Six Time World Bowling Champion
- Four Time World Cup Bowling Champion
- World Invitational Tournament Champ
- World Tenpin Masters Champ
- Owns Three Guinness Book of World Records for the Sport of Bowling
- The only Bowling Athlete to have been awarded World Titles in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa
- The only Bowling Athlete to have won the World Cup in three different decades (1970s, 1980s and twice in 1990s)
- The Greatest Philippine Athlete of All Time
- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President’s Trophy
- International Bowling Athlete of the Millennium
- Greatest International Bowler of All Time
We can go on and on and still there are many more accolades to list.
He currently own 120 Bowling Titles and he is still competing. Yes, and he was born in 1957.
May 1978 Game 5 Showdown in Manila Between 1976 World Champion Paeng Nepomuceno (Philippines) and 1977 World Champion Arne Stroem (Norway)
Is that all then, just one man?
Okay, we also have women bowlers.
- International Bowling Hall of Fame
- Four Time World Champion
- Twice FIQ Zone Masters Champion
- Twice FIQ Zone Singles Champion
- Most gold medals won in a single FIQ Zone Championships
- Five Time Asian Games Gold Medals
- A Guinness Book of World Record
- International Olympic Committee (IOC) Achievement Diploma
- World Bowler of the Year
- Top 24 International Bowlers of All-Time
- First bowler to win in two different world tournaments in a single year
And like Paeng, we can go on and on and on.
She has won a staggering total of 135 Championship Titles. And she has done the near impossible by winning at least one Masters Title for 28 consecutive years. Now hows that for a Guinness Book of World Record?
Bong still competes in the Seniors where she won the 2008 and the 2010 Philippine International Open Senior Masters Championship Titles.
Lita Del Rosario
- World Cup Champion
- FIQ Masters Title
- First lady bowler to hold both world titles at the same time
- One of only two women to have won the Bowling World Cup and the FIQ Masters in successive years
- Olympic Gold Medalist (Demonstration Sport of Bowling)
All in all the Philippines is in the Top Ten in the total Men’s Medal Count of the World Ten Pin Bowling Championships and is in the Top Three for the total Women’s Medal Count, going back to the 1950s.
Today, you will still see a lot of casual bowlers as well as serious pros playing the game in the numerous bowling lanes throughout the Philippines. Although there aren’t that many Filipino world caliber bowlers competing now, there are still many international titles being won and definitely many more bright prospects .
And who can tell, the next Paeng and the next Bong might just be awaiting their turn to be in the world bowling spotlight.
Philippine Bowling Today? 10 second video clip
Okay, maybe not yet.
But still you would see Filipinos bowling anywhere, anytime, anyhow and still they will be having the time of their lives. And that is what counts.
"To bowl or not to bowl" is not the question but rather, "When and where do you want to bowl next?"
Paeng's Eastwood Bowl and Billiards Room, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City
Playdium Bowling and Billiards, Araneta Avenue, Quezon City
Green Valley Country Club Bowling Center, Green Valley Country Club, E. Rodriguez Ave, Pasig City
Santa Lucia Bowling Center (and Billiards Hall), Santa Lucia East Grand Mall, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal
SM Bowling Center SM North Edsa, North Edsa, Quezon City
SM Bowling Center SM Megamall, Edsa, Mandaluyong City
SM Bowling Center SM City Fairview, Fairview, Quezon City
SM Bowling Center SM Mall of Asia, Bay City, Pasay
Where ever it might be, see you there!
Old School or Unfortunately Closed down Bowling Lanes:
Coronado Lanes, Anson’s Arcade, Arnaiz Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Greenlanes, Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan City
Puyat Bowling and Billiard Center, Farmers Plaza, Quezon City
Astrobowl, South Superhighway, Magallanes Village Makati,
Philippine Bowling Congress
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