SEA Games: Sen. Sotto bares plan to build bowling complex in New Clark City
Mark Escarlote on Dec 03, 2019 04:01 PM
Senate president and Philippine Bowling Federation chairman Tito Sotto bared plan on constructing a 1-hectare bowling facility inside the New Clark City complex in Tarlac.
Seeking to reclaim the country’s lost glory in bowling, Senate president Tito Sotto bared on Tuesday that the sport will get a shot in the arm with the planned construction of a bowling lane at the New Clark City in Tarlac by next year.
The Philippine Bowling Federation chairman said that the association is planning to build a 1-hectare bowling facility in the sprawling sports complex, which is currently hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games’ athletics and aquatics competitions.
“I have already discussed this with the leadership of the Philippine Bowling Federation with [secretary-general] Bong Coo, [board member] Paeng Nepomuceno and Stephen Hontiveros, we’re getting a 1-hectare property in the New Clark City and we will be building a bowling complex,” said Sotto during the opening day of the bowling competition at the Coronado Lane in Starmall EDSA.
Sotto said that it will be ‘a 10-pin bowling complex that will be of international standards and world-class.’
The former national team kegler added that the facility will serve as the base of the PHI squad, where they can train without worrying about the expenses of renting lanes to practice.
“Ang nangyari kasi sa bowling lately, napansin ko, in the last few years, unlike ng mga panahon namin nila Paeng and Bong, mura bowling nun eh,” said Sotto. “Lately mahal, kaya limitado ang mga nakakapaglaro.”
The senator’s envisions the facility as a mecca of bowling in the country where potential talents could be honed into stars who could bring the Philippines back into the international bowling map – just like during the time when Nepomuceno and Coo were raking world titles and accolades.
“So that there would be more participants, there will be more practices by the players at hindi katulad ng nangyayari [ngayon],” he said. “Mahal eh, naging mahal ng mahal ang bowling eh.”
“Alam niyo ba kung magkano bayad namin sa bowling per game nung panahon namin? Two pesos per game,” Sotto continued. “Eh ngayon P300, P200 or P400 per game. Nu’ng araw, 2 pesos lang. kaya babad kami sa bowling. Kami nila Paeng, babad kami.”
Sotto is set to sit down with bowling stake holders and the Philippine Sport Commission after the SEA Games to plan the design and construction of the facility.
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