Philippine team bowling member Kenneth Chua won his second Prima Pasta Bowler of the Year award during Team Prima’s annual athletes recognition night at the V Corporate Center in Makati City.
Chua first won the award in 2013. World champion veteran Biboy Rivera took the honor last year.
“I felt really happy, fulfilled and proud with my bowler of the year award because all of the efforts and hard work that I gave in my training had paid off again,” said the 24-year-old Chua.
“First, I want to thank my parents for giving their all out support. Second, I also dedicate this award to my Japanese Bowling coach, Madoka Amano. Without his help and guidance, these awards wouldn’t be possible and I wouldn’t have won the titles.”
Chua won several trophies this year including the Philippine National Open Masters diadem, first runner-up honor in World Cup National Finals and second runner up plum in Henrich Cup Open Masters and Tenpin Bowling Association of Makati (TBAM) Easter Open Masters.
Krizziah Tabora, meanwhile, copped her back-to-back female Bowler of the Year award for her achievements this year highlighted by a TBAM Open title and being a member of the women’s team that won bronze medal in the 2015 Singapore Southeast Asian Games.
Junior bowlers Bea Hernandez and Enzo Hernandez bagged their second straight Junior Bowler of the Year awards while cyclist Eboy Farr won his second consecutive Cyclist of the Year trophy.
The other awardees were Cha Pagdilao (Photographer of the Year), Ghiselle Bautista (Girls’ Junior Badminton Player of the Year), Pingkoy Salvado (Boys’ Junior Badminton Player of the Year), Aires Montilla (Women Badmimton Player of the Year), Gregg Paz (Men’s Badminton Player of the Year), Clarence Tiu (Men’s Bowler of the Year Cebu), Xyrra Cabusas (women’s Bowler of the Year Cebu), Duke Gella (Men’s Most Improved Bowler), and Dale Lazo (Women’s Most Improved Bowler).
JOSEF T. RAMOS