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HK Pinoy bowlers to join Asian tournament in Makati

25 April 2018

Consul General Tony Morales gives pep talk to Filipino bowlers in HK

By Vir B. Lumicao

Top keglers in Hong Kong’s Filipino community are leaving for Manila on Apr 26 to vie for trophies and renew friendships in the Asian Filipino Bowlers Friendship Games 2018 in Makati this weekend.

Twenty members of Filipino Bowling Club Hong Kong divided into five teams will compete against male and female OFW bowlers from around the region and Australia, according to FBCHK founder and chairman Jenny Gafate.

“We are not aiming to be a winner kasi madaming magagaling. But we always aim for our friendship on the lanes as always. To be part of this international tournament is already a winner for us,” Gafate said.

Jenny Gafate has led the FBCHK for years
The Makati campaign follows FBCHK’s fruitless participation in Singapore last year, in contrast to its first year in the annual tournament also in the Lion City in 2015, when it emerged as team champion.

The team collected more trophies in the 2016 edition of the Friendship Games in Melbourne.

“Sa Australia, ang nakuha namin ay overall second runner-up singles for men by Jon Suarez, and Emy Clarke was overall first runner-up and Rina Spalding second runner-up singles for women,” Gafate said.

Despite being unable to snare a trophy last year, FCBHK considers the campaign fulfilling, according to Gafate. “Actually, we always have fun every time we attend this annual tournament... it’s the time to renew our friendship on the lanes,” she said.

Gafate said hopefully, it will be FBCHK's turn to host the Friendship Games in 2019.

Her group has been hosting top-league bowling tournaments in Hong Kong, with legendary Filipino players Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno and Olivia
"Bong" Coo coming over as guests.

The venue for this year’s tournament will be the Superbowl Bowling Center, a 42-lane tenpin facility at Makati Cinema Square.

The team that will see action in Makati will be led by Gafate. The other team members are Ador Bernardino, vice chairman-external; Gracia Pierrepont, vice chairman-internal; Merlie Tacderan @ Mary Gulles, secretary; Melody Sotero and Racquel Shepstone, treasurer;  and Rina Spalding, auditor.  

The tournament directors are Gerome Barja, Marlyn Brutus, Danna Geary and Minda Marfori. The advisers are Emy Clarke and Benray Francisco.

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