Asian News



Golden chance for Shalin and Esther By Ajitpal Singh

Republished courtesy of New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia (July 29, 2008)

2008AsCZandraAzielaShalinZulkifliEstherCheah_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli (center) and Esther Cheah (right) could become the first non-Americans to compete in the Professional Bowlers' Association (PBA) Women Series, if they can finish in the top 12 of the United States Women's Open, starting on Friday, in Chicago. World Ranking Masters champion Wendy Chai and Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi (left), who are also competing, are ineligible to bowl in the PBA series -- even if they qualify on merit -- as they are not professionals.



Nepomuceno teams up with some of the sporting world's most famous athletes

BillboardRonaldinhoLiuAsafaPaeng_small.jpg Philippine tenpin bowling legend, Paeng Nepomuceno, has recently signed up an endorsement contract with NUTRILITE - a leading brand of dietary supplement of vitamins and minerals. What makes the deal so special is that the 4-time World Cup champion who has won record 118 international titles in his illustrious career, joins a group of the sporting world's most famous athletes. Pictured together with Nepomuceno on the billboards, which have been placed strategically in Metro Manila, are Brazil's soccer super star Ronaldinho, Liu Xiang, China's 110 Hurdles Olympic champion, and Jamaican runner Asafa Powell, one of the fastest man on the planet.



Nepomuceno continues his efforts to train bowling coaches on a global scale

20080723PaengHongKongUSBCSilverSeminar_small.jpg Paeng Nepomuceno, a USBC International Bowling Ambassador, just concluded a Silver certification seminar in Hong Kong for none coaches exclusive for the chain of Very Pro Shops in Hong Kong. This is Paeng's second Silver conference seminar for the year and this is also only the second time that a USBC Silver seminar was held outside the United States. The three-day seminar was held last July 21-23 at Olympian Super Fun Bowl in Kowloon, Hong Kong and was unique because it was completely translated to Chinese by two of the participants.



Nepomuceno to run a tri-level seminar in Singapore in August

2008ISCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Philippine bowling icon and USBC silver level coach Paeng Nepumuceno has informed us that he will hold a tri-level seminar from August 14-19 in Singapore. The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Level One, Bronze and Silver Coaching certification program is organized by Alfinity Bowling and will be held at Singapore Polytechnic Graduates' Guild. Bronze Level & Level 1 will run from Thursday - Saturday, August 14-16, with the Silver Level:seminar to follow from Sunday thrióugh Tuesday, August 17-19, 2008.



Holloway Cheah picked for his contributions to bowling

Republished courtesy of The Star - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (July 18, 2008)

2008AsCEstherCheahShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Holloway Cheah picked for his contributions to bowling Republished courtesy of The Star - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (July 18, 2008) Bowling coach Holloway Cheah is the odd one out among the nominees for the Women and Sports Awards to be announced in Kuala Lumpur tonight. Except for Cheah, who has 43 years of experience in the bowling industry as a player, coach and bowling ball specialist, the other nominees are all women.



Visa woes hit bowlers By Francis Santiago

Republished courtesy of Tempo - Manila, Philippines (July 16, 2008)

2008AsCMenAllEventsRaoulMirandaChesterKing_small.jpg The long process needed to acquire a Spanish visa may prevent bowlers Chester King and Raoul Miranda (r-l) from playing the Federation Cup slated July 27-29 in Barcelona, Spain. Both King and Miranda were selected by the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) to represent the region in the prestigious event for finishing 1-2 in the men's all-events in the recent Asian tenpin bowling championships. But their stints could be derailed after their failure to book an early interview for their visas with the Spanish Embassy.



A third Guinness record for RP bowler Paeng

Republished courtesy of GMA News TV - Philippines (July 14, 2008)

USBCSilverLevelCoachPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Six-time world bowling champion Paeng Nepomuceno was honored for the third time by the Guinness Book of World Records, this time for having won the most number of career championships worldwide. Nepomuceno racked up his 118th career title last September in Melbourne, winning the South Pacific Classic, Australia's most prestigious individual tournament. Nepomuceno prevailed over Jason Belmonte, last year's World Tenpin Masters Champion. That victory gave Nepomuceno the distinction of having three existing Guinness Records.



'Belmo' targets Aussie team win in Thailand

Republished courtesy of Orange Central Western Daily - Orange, New South Wales, Australia (July 9, 2008)

20080709JasonBelmonte_small.jpg Jason Belmonte is part of a six-man Australian team for the prestigious event in Nonthaburi and he wants team glory more than anything else. "I have only one goal - to win the team gold," Belmonte said. "The best teams in the world will be there and for the first time pro's are allowed to play so the very best of the best are there. I want to win the team event more than anything because of that reason." The 24-year old has represented Australia at various levels since he was 17 and still enjoys a special feeling ahead of donning the green and gold again.



Asian's female bowler No. 1 graduates at Nepomuceno's latest coaching seminar.

20080702NepomucenoSeminarPhilippines_small.jpg Paeng Nepomuceno has informed us that he graduated another batch of Level One and Bronze coaches in the Philippines in a seminar which ended on Wednesday July second. Nepomuceno held it right after the Philippine Open and attracted five participants, four women and just one man, with two ladies coming from Malaysia, a Pakistani national and his Filipina wife and Kim Eun Jung, the 2007 ABF Tour and Asian Ranking champion from Korea.

ABF News


Arab countries to host next Asian and Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships

Other hosts include DPR Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong

ABFLogo_small.jpg The Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) has announced that the 21st Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships 2010 will be held in the UAE. This marks the first time that the UAE have received a major international championships since the 1999 World Championships in Abu Dhabi. The Kuwait Bowling Federation of ABF President Sheikh Talal M. Al Sabah will host the 15th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships in the same year while the 2011 edition will be held in Pyongyang, the capital and largest city of North Korea (DPR Korea).



Filipinos sweep Open Masters titles in 37th Philippine International Open

SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City, Philippines (June 12-28, 2008)

Krizziah Tabora and Benshir Layoso, Philippines, won the most prestigious tournament in their native country when they swept the women's and men's Open Masters titles in the 37th Philippine International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships Saturday at SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City. In the women's stepladder final, Tabora, the No. 1 seed, defeated the sole non-Filipina in the six-player shootout, Syakirah Yeoh from Malaysia, by the closest possible margin, 205-204. Layoso, seeded second rolled two big games, 269 and 266, to defeat No. 1 seeded Jassim Darwish, Kuwait. 



Coo, Nepomuceno steal the show in RP Int'l Open

Republished courtesy of Philippine Daily Inquirer (June 23, 2008)

2008ISCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg International bowling Hall of Famers Bong Coo and Paeng Nepomuceno came up with big games to grab the spotlight on day 10 of the 37th Philippine International Open tenpin bowling championships at SM Bowling Center in Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Six-time world champion Nepomuceno (left) of PBC-Prima-Nutrilite narrowly missed scoring the tournament's third perfect game by shooting 299 in the first game of the Open Masters qualifying. Competition is expected to peak Monday with the arrival of the main bulk of foreign bowlers.



Japanese politicians establish association to promote Bowling

JPNAssociationofDietMembers_small.jpg Masahiko Kosugi of the Japan Bowling Congress reports that several of the country's Diet Members including several former Prime Ministers have established the Association of Diet Members for Promoting Bowling. Tsutomu Takebe, President of Bowling Council of Japan led the establishment of this association. Since the association was founded in April, the Diet Members come together at Bowling Salon in The Prince Park Tower in Tokyo on weekly basis and enjoy bowling. One of the most enthusiastic bowlers is Junichiro Koizumi, 56th Prime Minister from 2001 through 2006 and one of Japan's most popular politicians.



World-class bowlers to join RP Int'l Open By Krista Angela M. Montealegre

Republished courtesy of Manila Times - Philippines (June 11, 2008)

2007BWCLizaDelRosario_small.jpg The cream of the crop in Philippine bowling will pit their skills against foreign rivals in the 37th Philippine International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships slated June 12 to 28 at the SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City. Leading the RP contingent is Liza del Rosario (l.), who will defend the women's title in the P2-million event organized by the Philippine Bowling Congress (PBC). Other Filipinos competing in Asia's longest-running tournament held in cooperation with Ebonite International are 2006 world masters champion Biboy Rivera and three-time Southeast Asian Games champion Paolo Valdez, who is coming off a three-year layoff.



Valdez likes his chances in 37th RP Open By Cedelf P. Tupas

Republished courtesy of Daily Inquirer, Philippines (June 11, 2008)

2007BWCPauloValdez_small.jpg The absence of defending men's Masters champion Wu Siu-Hong of Hong Kong has left the 37th Philippine International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships wide open—and Filipino standout Paulo Valdez (l.) is ready to pounce on the opportunity. Valdez, who topped the latest ranking tournament conducted by national coach Nico Valderrama, expressed confidence about his chances in the 17-day event that starts Thursday at the SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City. "I feel good about my chances," said Valdez, the former Asian Bowler of the Year.



RP keglers take on Asia's finest By Cedelf P. Tupas

Republished courtesy of Daily Inquirer, Philippines (June 10, 2008)

2007PHIOpenLizaDelRosarioWuSiuHong_small.jpg A crack Filipino contingent will have their hands full against an equally formidable foreign crew in the 37th Philippine International Open Championships starting Thursday at the SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City. Reigning world men's Masters titlist Biboy Rivera (pictured left), three-time Southeast Asian Games Masters champion Paulo Valdez and defending RP Open Masters champion Liza Del Rosario (pictured right with men's champion Wu Siu Hong) will be at the forefront of the Filipinos' campaign in the 17-day kegfest.

Hong Kong


Chien, Al-Shafi win Hong Kong International Open Masters from top seed

Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China (May 29 - June 7, 2008)

2008HKGOpenChienHsiuLenBandarAlShafi_small.jpg Top seeded Chien Hsiu Lan, Chinese Taipei, and Bandar Al Shafi, Qatar, both rolled big games in the women's and men's championship matches to cruise to the titles in the 34th Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships at Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China. Chien (l.) held off local favorite Chan Shuk Han, Hong Kong, 246-200, to claim the women's title and the HK$18,000 (USD2,305) top prize. On the men's side Al Shafi (left) flew past No. 4 seed Chen Chun Chieh, Chinese Taipei, 279-194, to win the title and the 35,000 Hong Kong Dollars (approx. USD4,485) top prize.



USBC Coaching certifies 34 bowling coaches in Thailand

By Patrick Brettingen, USBC Communications

2008THAseminar3_small.jpg Continuing to pursue its goal of advancing the sport of bowling worldwide, the United States Bowling Congress certified 34 new Level I and Bronze coaches in Thailand. The Level I and Bronze certification conference was held May 21-24 at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Bangkok, site of the upcoming 2008 Men's World Championships in August. Coaches from Thailand, Jordan and Hong Kong attended the seminar with the assistance of the Thai Tenpin Bowling Congress.

Hong Kong


34th Hong Kong International Open starts with fund raising team event

Charity Challenge Cup raises HK$237,000 for Sichuan Earthquake victims

2008HKGOpenPeteLuiVivienFundTongYunKai_small.jpg 2008HKGOpenLogo_small.jpg The 34th Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships will be held at the newly open Hong Kong Bowling City at Kowloon Bay from May 29 to June 7, 2008. To show the sympathy, concern and support to the Sichuan earthquake victims, the Organizing Committee had decided to raise fund during the Challenge Cup invitational competition which was held after the Opening Ceremony on Friday, May 30. HKTBC President Vivien Fung was pleased to announce that the event raised HK$237,000 (over USD30,000) for the SF & OC of HK China – Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund.



Tan, Al-Suwaidi claim the titles in 41st Singapore International Open

Superbowl SAFRA Mount Faber in Singapore (May 20-31, 2008)

2008SINOpenLogo_small.jpg Top-seeded Cherie Tan, Singapore, and No. 2 seeded Hussain Al-Suwaidi claimed the women's and men's Open Masters titles in the 41st Singapore International Open at Superbowl SAFRA Mount Faber in Singapore. The victories came at the expense of two Malaysian bowlers. Tan won in the decisive match against Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, Aziela, 224-179, to win the women's title and 5,000 Singapore Dollars. Al-Suwaidi ousted local favorite Remy Ong in a semi-final nail biter, 244-243, and then defeated No. 1 seeded Adrian Ang, Malaysia, twice, 279-195 and 236-200, to seal the victory worth S$25,000.

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