Skip to main content

And he honored us with his presence...

We just had our first game for Odfjell's 3rd Season Bowling Tournament.  And guess who we saw practicing a few lanes from us?

None other than bowling legend and 6-time World Bowling Champion, Paeng Nepomuceno.


He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only athlete to win a world championship in each of three consecutive decades.



I have seen his list of titles from Wikipedia and I am still reeling from envy.  These are just few of his achievements:
- In 1993, he was the first international male bowler inductee in the International Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum
- In 1999, the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) awarded him as the "International Bowling Athlete of the Millennium"
- In 2003, a September issue of the Prestigious Bowlers Journal International named him as the Greatest International Bowler of All Time
- Paeng is the only athlete in the Philippines who has been given the highest award to a Filipino by three Philippine presidents. In 1984, the Presidential Medal of Merit by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. In 1999, President Joseph E. Estrada awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor and in 2008, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo awarded him the Order of Lakandula with Class of Champion for Life and was declared Best Filipino athlete of all time. Both the Philippine Senate and House of Congress have also declared him the "Greatest Philippine Athlete of All Time".
-
In its September 2003 issue, the Prestigious Bowlers Journal International named him as the Greatest International Bowler of All Time.
On April 19, 2009 Paeng became the first and only bowling athlete to receive all awards in all categories that the World Bowling Writers gives out. He was the recipient of the World Bowling Writers Mort Luby Jr. distinguished service award for his lifetime contribution to the sport
- Paeng was also honored by the World Bowling Writers by naming him World Bowler of the Year three times (1984,1985 and 1992). He was also the first inductee to the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame in 1993

And to think that even an athlete as great as him takes time to practice.  Now, that's a lesson we all need to learn. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The English Patient

There are movie lines...

And then, there are "the movie lines"


The English Patient is one of my all time favorite movie.  It stars the oh-so-mysterious Ralph Fiennes as Count Almasy (who incidentally is also a real person).

It is based on a novel of the same title by Michael Ondaatje (which is also one of my fave writers).

Michael's writing can be described as "imaginative and whimsical."  He likes to write stories about the ravages of war and the interesting people living it.

He also writes about relationships and betrayal.
 "Betrayals in war are childlike compared with our betrayals during peace. New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything. For the heart is an organ of fire." And of course, love.

This movie has "the movie lines" to die for.


Almasy to Katherine:  "Swoon, I'll catch you"
If only this statement can be trusted. If only guys are all like this in real life.

Singapore

Singapore is so much like Makati -- tall buildings, fast people & talkative Filipino yuppies. Not so much sights but then again, we were there to overspend on pasalubongs and go retail shopping. I don't want to brag, but between here and Manila, Manila wins hands down (on my own standards). :-)



Our hotel was located at Orchard Rd. and it has (thankfully) Starbucks at the groundfloor. We went down one night only to realize that coffee (as with cigarrettes) is so much more pricey there.

Athough, I must say, the air is worth breathing and the streets are super clean. Thank God for countries who respect the rights of non smokers to nice, clean air.

Lingerie, baby steps and women's liberation

If you ever heard the saying "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" then you can relate to this post.

In Saudi, a 2006 law banning men from working in female apparel and cosmetic stores has never been implemented due to various conservative groups who are opposed to the idea of women working in common areas visited by men and women, like malls.


Finally, the government has decided to enforce this law effective this month after long standing protests by Saudi women.


Strict Saudi law prohibits mingling of unrelated men and women.

Which kind of makes it awkward for women to be accompanied by male relatives in buying their intimate wear from men behind the counter.

"I and many other women like me were always embarrassed to walk into lingerie shops because men were selling the goods," said Saudi shopper Samar Mohammed.

She said that in the past she often bought the wrong underwear "because I was sensitive about explaining what I wanted to a man."
Saudi w…