PHI keglers kickoff bid under bowling legend Paeng
Bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno coaches the newest breed of Pinoy keglers looking to capture the gold medal in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
KUALA LUMPUR – Long in the doldrums in a sport that used to be a Southeast Asian Games gold mine, Filipino keglers under new coach, bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno, swing into action in the 29th SEA Games bowling tournament on Sunday.
Hoping to revive the country’s bowling program, the newly formed Philippine Bowling Federation tapped the services of the four-time World Cup champion to lead its campaign.
Nepomuceno gets to see the fruits of his labors when the Filipino campaigners compete in the men’s and women’s singles tournament at the modern Sunway Mega Lanes inside the plush Sunway Pyramid Mall – a 30-minute drive from downtown Kuala Lumpur.
Opening their bid are veteran and former Asian bowling champion Liza del Rosario, Krizziah Lyn Tabora, Dyan Arcel Coronacion, Lara Posadas and Marie Alexis Sy in the women’s singles starting at 9 am.
The men’s singles kicks off at 2:30 pm with John Paule Macatula, Jo-Mar Roland Jumapao, Kevin Oliver Cu and Mervin Tan going up against the region’s best in their quest for gold.
“This team is promising because they trained hard and well,” said PBF founding member and multi-titled bowler Bong Coo Saturday.
Coo added that among those competing in the event for the first time is her protégé Macatula.
Filipino bowlers bagged two bronze medals in the women’s trios and team events in the 2015 Singapore edition.