Veterans Sammy Sy and Lara Posadas will be going all-out when they compete in the prestigious 52nd Qubica-AMF Bowling World Cup scheduled on October 14 to 23 in Shanghai, China.
Sy and Posadas earned the right to represent the country after topping their respective divisions in the National Championship organized by the Philippine Bowling Congress.
“It’s my first time to compete in the World Cup and I’m very excited. It’s going to be tough but I’m preparing myself physically and mentally since we’ll be playing against world’s best players,” said Posadas, who defeated Liza Clutario, 215-193, 183-171, in the women’s best-of-three finals.
The 53-year-old Sy, on the other hand, got his World Cup berth after beating former Asian champion Raoul Miranda, 236-204, 186-222, 212-181, in the men’s division.
“Playing in a world-level competition is an honor. I need to practice more to make sure that I’m in perfect condition before going to Shanghai,” said Sy.
In World Cup history, the Philippines has five gold medals in the men’s division including four titles owned by Hall of Famer and Guinness Book of World Record holder Paeng Nepomuceno.
He won three titles in three different decades (1976, 1980 and 1992) – making him as the only bowler who achieved such feat. He won his fourth crown in 1996.
The other gold medal was delivered by Christian Jan Suarez in 2003.
In the women’s division, the country has two gold medals courtesy of Lita Dela Rosa (1978) and Bong Coo (1979).
Since then, the Philippines has yet to win a gold in the annual world meet.
In 2001, Liza Del Rosario almost claimed the third gold, but settled for silver – the last medal of the Philippines in the women’s category.
Former World Masters champion Biboy Rivera was the last medalist in the men’s class when he finished third in the 2010 edition.
“We’ll be ready. We’ll be fighting for our country,” ended Posadas.