National bowling team member Liza Del Rosario is optimistic that the glorious days of Philippine bowling is coming back soon given the talents and dedication of today’s Filipino bowlers.
Del Rosario believes it is never too late for the country to produce a new crop of world-class champions with the same caliber as Philippine bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno and Bong Coo.
“With everyone working together plus the hard work and determination of our bowlers, I’m expecting the glory days of Philippine bowling will return. We have a lot of good potential players. We just have to keep going,” Del Rosario told The Manila Times in an interview.
“With everyone working for a common goal, hopefully we will be a better team and be the best team again.”
Del Rosario, 39, said that the formation of the Philippine Bowling Federation (PBF) would definitely give a boost to the development of the sport in the country. She added that she is happy that PBF bowlers are receiving training from Nepomuceno.
“I’m very hopeful in the future of Philippine bowling now because we have good people on board here in the PBF. There is a good direction now,” added Del Rosario, who has been active in the sport for the past 20 years. “My parents encouraged me to play bowling. My family including my three siblings are playing bowling,” she said.
Last week, Del Rosario, a De La Salle University Business Management graduate ruled the first PBF National Open Championship’s singles ladies masters category at the Star Mall in Mandaluyong City. She beat Liza Clutario 179-160, 172-201, 202-163 in their second stepladder finals duel.
“This is my sixth Philippine open championship,” said Del Rosario, who is now working as a manager of an architectural firm. “Bong Coo has numerous Philippine Open titles that’s why I’m still very far from accomplishing her feat.”
JOSEF T. RAMOS