MANILA -- A recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Paeng Nepumuceno is very proud of yet another achievement: being accorded by the United States Bowling Congress a gold level coach status.
There are only 25 people in the world who have achieved this and Paeng is the only Asian.
"There are requirements that you have to submit... nagdasal ako, nastress ako, lahat 'yan. Parang naging estudyante ako ulit para maging gold level coach, equivalent iyon ng doctorate degree sa pagtuturo ng sports," he said.
Paeng has been travelling the world accrediting bowling coaches. He says the game has changed so much over the years, especially when it comes to equipment.
"Ang bowling balls noong araw made of plastic lang, polyester or rubber. Ngayon it's called reactive resin. Malagkit ito, it rubs the floor, it gives more hook. May iba naman, late humu-hook," he said.
"May bolang dumidiretso, may bolang maagang humu-hook, nagku-curve."
There is big demand for bowling coaches in Europe and Asia, but none have the stature of Paeng who has the most records set by any bowler.
His long list of achievements include 6 world cup titles, recipient of the IOC President’s trophy, FIQ (Federation Internationale des Quilleurs) Athlete of the Millennium, first international inductee to the Bowling Hall of Fame, Guinness record for most number of tournaments won at 124, Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Athlete of the Century, the youngest Philippine Open winner at 17 and the oldest winning it at the age of 54 two years ago.
After over 40 years in the sport, Paeng still exudes the fire for competition and the drive for training.
Paeng believes Filipinos have so much potential in bowling.
He wishes that just like in Singapore and Malaysia, bowling would be included in the PE curriculum, so talents could be discovered and developed for international competition.
Paeng is the most recognized and accomplished name in bowling.
He dreams that one day, a Filipino would follow his footsteps.