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Nepomuceno vies for 5th Bowling World Cup

Paeng NepomucenoMANILA (September 23, 2009) – International Hall of Famer Rafael “Paeng” Nepomuceno bagged a chance to make bowling history yet again by qualifying for the Bowling World Cup (BWC) after winning the Philippine BWC Qualifier.

Nepomuceno defeated No. 3 Paulo Valdez, two-games-to-none, in the opening match then defeated top seed Benshir Layoso for the tournament win, according to BowlingDigital.com.

The bowling legend won the first game, 217-201, and the second game, 242-195, last Friday.

“I am pretty excited because the last time I represented the Philippines was in 1996 when I won the event in Northern Ireland,” he said in an article on BowlingDigital.com.

Nepomuceno, 52, is entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most BWC wins with four titles.

Prior to his 1996 victory, Nepomuceno won the BWC in 1992 (Le Mans, France), 1980 (Jakarta, Indonesia) and 1976 (Tehran, Iran).

He also holds Guinness World Records for being the youngest player to win the BWC (at age 19 in 1976), and having the most number of bowling tournament titles (118).

He has the chance to set another record when he competes at the 45th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup from November 13 to 20 in Melaka, Malaysia.

Joining Nepomuceno is Liza del Rosario as the country’s representative in the women’s division.

Del Rosario, the No. 1 seed, defeated No. 2 Krizziah Tabora, 204-180 and 201-165, to earn a BWC berth.

She aims to improve her BWC finish of third place in 2004 (Singapore) second and place in 2001 (Pattaya, Thailand).

Nepomuceno and del Rosario bested their foes at the three-day Philippine BWC Qualifier held at the Coronado Lanes in Mandaluyong City, SM Mall of Asia bowling center in Pasay City, and Paeng’s Eastwood Bowl in Quezon City.

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