Paeng's dad, coach Angel Nepomuceno, dies at 81

    11/02/09

    Philippines

    AngelandPaengNepomuceno1.jpgAngel "Pappy" Nepomuceno (on the left with Paeng after his fourth victory in the Bowling World Cup) , the winningest coach in Philippine bowling history and father of six-time world champion Paeng, died last Saturday (October 31) due to a lingering illness. He was 81 years old.

    He is survived by wife Teresita "Baby" Villa-Real and children Paeng, Marissa N. Go, Susie N. Pineda, Mary Ann N. Vergel de Dios, Ditas N. Samson and Len N. Guiao. Another son, Angel Jr., died many years ago.

    Under Pappy's coaching, Paeng bagged six world titles in three different decades and 119 other tournament crowns and set three Guinness Book of World Records, which have remained unbroken.

    AngelandPaengNepomuceno2.jpgPappy was the head coach when the Philippine team brought home a record seven gold medals from the Jakarta Southeast Asian Games in 1987 – four of them, including the Masters, by Crystal Soberano.

    Pappy also guided Bong Coo to the Masters plum in the FIQ Asian Zone in Perth, Australia and coached former national bowler Linda Reyes in the late 70s. Under his tutelage, Reyes won six consecutive Masters titles.

    In recognition of his countless achievements, the Philippine Sportswriters Association named him "Coach of the Year" in 1992.

    As per his and the family's wishes, Pappy was cremated. A wake was held at Loyola Chapels but it will be transferred this morning to the San Francisco Chapel at Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park until other immediate members of the family arrive from abroad.