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A 3rd Guinness record for RP bowler Paeng
07/14/2008 | 07:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines - 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.

For winning in Melbourne, Nepomuceno was honored last January 3 at the Malacañang Palace by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who conferred on him the Order of Lakandula with the Special Class of Champion for Life.

The Hall of Famer’s first Guinness Record was for winning four World Cups in three different decades (70’s, 80’s and 90’s). His second Guinness distinction was in recognition of his feat as the youngest to win a world title at age 19.

“This is a great honor and I’d like to share it with all my countrymen," said Nepomuceno. “Whenever I compete, my countrymen always give me great support, which gives me great inspiration to always do my best."

Nepomuceno was congratulated again by the Guinness World Records Management Team and welcomed to the select club of World Record-holders in an accompanying letter.

In November 1999, Nepomuceno was awarded the International Olympic Committee President’s Trophy, the highest award for sports made especially significant because bowling is still not recognized as an Olympic sport.

In the same year, Nepomuceno was named by the World Bowling Federation’s Athlete of the Millennium.

In 2003, Nepomuceno was recognized by the Bowler’s Journal International as “the Greatest International Bowler of All Time" and became the first athlete to be enshrined in the International Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, where his seven-foot image is displayed at the museum’s entrance.

Nepomuceno, who still actively competes up to this day, is the only bowler in the world who has won titles in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. – GMANews.TV



  • art-effectart-effect PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Congrats Paeng!
  • What makes Paeng Nepomuceno tick?

    By Manolo I?igo
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 03:47:00 07/23/2008

    MANILA, Philippines?During a congressional hearing on sports a few years back, multi-titled bowler Paeng Nepomuceno expressed his disappointment over the lawmakers? little regard for bowling, a non-Olympic sport, by rating it well below sports in the Olympic calendar.

    You had to feel sorry for Paeng that awful day. Said he: ?I have served the country for nearly four decades and I did not receive nor seek even one centavo in financial assistance from the government for any of my world competitions throughout my career.

    ?There is no prize money in my tournaments, including the World Cup, in the same way there is none for the Olympics. It suffices that I proudly carry the flag and bring honors to the country and the Filipino people.?

    Now 51 years old, he was recently cited for the third time by the Guinness Book of World Records for winning the most number of bowling titles, racking up his 118th career championships. Last Sept. 18, 2007, Nepomuceno won the South Pacific Classic, Australia?s most prestigious tournament in Melbourne, defeating World Tenpin Masters champion Jason Belmonte in the finals.

    Coached by his father, Angel ?Pappy? Nepomuceno, Paeng first broke into the Guinness record book for winning four World Cup championships in three different decades?in the ?70s (Nov. 19, 1976 in Tehran); the ?80s (Nov. 1, 1980 in Jakarta) and the ?90s (Nov. 8, 1992 at Le Mans, France; and Nov. 23, 1996 in Belfast, Northern Ireland).

    He was also honored for being the youngest World Cup champion at 19 when he topped the Tehran kegfest in 1976.

    For his victory in Australia, the southpaw Nepomuceno received the Order of Lakandula with the special class of Champion for Life from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo early this year.

    Previous to that, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit by the late President Ferdinand Marcos in 1984 and the Philippine Legion of Honor by former President Joseph Estrada in 1999. Congress also named Nepomuceno as the ?Greatest Filipino Athlete of All Time.?

    He is respected and much admired even by the athletes of other sports because of his big fighting heart, strong personal discipline, pleasant personality, clean, healthy lifestyle and good family values.

    Paeng is the first bowler to be enshrined in the International Bowling Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1993 and his imposing seven-foot image is displayed at the museum?s entrance.

    In November 1999, Paeng was awarded the International Olympic Committee President?s Trophy?the highest award for sports?by no less than former IOC chief Antonio Samaranch himself. The award is especially significant since bowling is still not included in the Olympic calendar.

    Nepomuceno is also the recipient of many other international awards, including the World FIQ (the ruling body for bowling), who named him as the ?Bowling Athlete of the Millennium? and Bowlers? Journal International, who picked him as the ?Greatest International Bowler of All Time.? Bowlers? Journal International is the world?s most prestigious magazine of its kind. It was founded in 1913 by American entrepreneur Dave Luby.

    The good-looking, 6-foot-2 Paeng keeps in shape by observing a rigid regimen: running, mountain biking on weekends, lifting weights and following a no-smoking policy in his various bowling centers and pro shops.

    An ardent devotee of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and devoted family man, Paeng is married to Saira ?Pinky? Puyat, daughter of former Assemblyman Jose ?Popit? Puyat.

    ?I got hooked on the sport of bowling when I was 13 years old,? narrated Paeng. ?My dad and a brother were on a golf course when a sudden downpour forced us to seek cover inside a bowling center. There, I played several games until the rains stopped. Right after, my love affair with bowling started.?

  • pepmanpepman PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Pinoy Pride...
  • One of the greatest Filipino Athlete of all time.
  • kung kasama lang sana yung bowling sa olympics baka nagkagold na tayo.
  • daBayrusdaBayrus PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    According to a recent Globe's 2375 SMS advert, Paeng Nepomuceno is also the FIRST ASIAN CHESS GRANDMASTER... :rotflmao:

    kung sino man ung researcher na un ng Globe, galing mo pre... :rotflmao:

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