Former world champ looks to boost bowling in PH


Posted at May 21 2014 03:50 PM | Updated as of May 21 2014 11:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Former World Cup champion CJ Suarez is back in Manila and is looking to make bowling a popular sport and recreational activity in the country again through his position as the division head of the SM Bowling Center.

Suarez, the winner of the World Cup in 2003, currently manages SM Bowling Centers all over the country and hopes to make the sport available and enjoyable to everyone – not only for professional bowlers.

“Bowling is a very good recreational activity and sport, because it is really where one will learn discipline, consistency, team work, and sportsmanship,” Suarez said in a statement.

SM Bowling has eight bowling centers all over the Philippines, with its branch in SM Megamall featuring the cutting-edge Bowler Entertainment System X (BES X), which allows customers to enjoy the game by combining the essentials of bowling with advanced features, including an updated scoring system and a social media function.

Suarez announced that within two months, the other SM Bowling Centers will also feature the BES X scoring system.

Suarez also aims to make the SM Bowling Centers a “one-stop shop” for families or groups of friends who are seeking a place of recreation, as they feature not only bowling alleys but also pool tables, videoke machines, and other entertainment offerings.

Suarez, the 2003 Filipino Athlete of the Year, said being the head of SM Bowling is a “perfect opportunity to give back” to the sport.

“(My passion) is to be able to inspire and be a role model for the youth and all the other athletes who are training to be world champions,” he said. “For me, (my passion) is to share my experiences and for them to learn from me.”

Suarez is the country’s second world champion in bowling, after Paeng Nepomuceno. Since Suarez’s victory in Honduras in 2003, no Filipino has won the annual event.