Fashion-Savvy Bowlers

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Who says bowling is just for oldies? Well, think again. With young, hip and vigorous roster of players, bowling has become a fun, stylish and exciting sport designed for the young and old alike.

Bowling has proven to be a rich source of national pride for Philippine sports. It has produced the likes of Paeng Nepomuceno, the only fourtime winner of the Prestigious World Cup, veteran international champion Bong Coo, and Arianne Cerdena, who won the gold medal in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, when the sport made its debut as a demonstration sport.

In support of national efforts to ensure that our athletes, also known as "Team Tagumpay," get the proper training and international exposure in preparation for the forthcoming Southeast Asian Games in November 2005 in Manila, Megaworld Corporation has joined an elite list of corporate sponsors to take part in the "Medalyang Ginto, May Laban Tayo" program launched recently.

As part of its unwavering commitment to national sports development, Megaworld Corporation, through Eastwood City is hosting the training of the Philippine Bowling Team at the stateofthe-art Eastwood Citys own Bowl and Billiards Center run by AMFPuyat located at the 4th level of City Walk 2.

The center boasts of 20 lanes, cosmic, bowling lights, a billiards section, a snack bar, separate smoking area, and a Pro Shop.

Weve always viewed athletes as tough and unrelenting in their quest for glory, with little time for shopping and fashion smarts.

In between the long rigorous hours of training, they also demonstrate a streak of panache and a lot of fashion savvy. Its time we get to know the persons behind the names.

Irene GarciaBenitez was the Philippine Sports Association Female Bowler of the Year in 1994, and a twotime Sportswriters Organization of the Philippines (SCOOP) Female Bowler of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

A veteran of national and international bowling competitions, Irene is a bemedalled achiever who went home with 2 bronze medals in the 1993 SEA Games in Singapore, a silver and a bronze medal in the 1996 Asian FIQ in Seoul, Korea, a silver medal in the 2001 SEA Games in Malaysia, and another silver medal in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, Korea.

Among her most recent triumphs was in the 2004 Philippine leg of the Asian Bowling Federation Tour where she emerged on top.

A bowler for the last 12 years, Biboy Rivera is ranked 2nd in the Philippines, 9th in Asia, and 22nd in the world.

A member of the National Team since 1994, he struck gold in the 1996 FIQ Asian Youth in Malaysia, and the 1996 HongKong Open.

In 1998 and 1999, he was backtoback 3rd runnerup in the Brunswick Tournament of Champions in Missouri, USA.

He again brought home the top prize in the 2001 China International Open, was part of the 5man goldmedal winning team in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was the 2004 HongKong International masters champion in 2004. …