MANILA—Krizziah Tabora on Tuesday was met with cheers after ruling the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Mexico.
Tabora arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at about 11 p.m. from Hermosillo, Mexico.
The 27-year-old said she couldn't believe she beat Malaysia's Siti Safiyah, 236-191, adding that she was nervous going up against veteran players but that focusing helped her to calm down.
Tabora was welcomed at the airport by fellow World Cup winners Paeng Nepomuceno and Bong Coo.
National team head coach Nepomuceno said Tabora's win gives the sport a "boost" in the country.
Tabora is the fifth Filipino to win the World Cup, giving the country its eighth World Cup title.
Nepomuceno won a record 4 trophies (1976, 1980, 1992 and 1996), while Coo topped the 1979 tournament.
Lita del Rosario bagged the 1978 championship, while CJ Suarez (2003) is the only other Filipino bowler other than Nepomuceno to win the men's title.
Tabora and the national bowling team are set to compete in the World Bowling Championship on November 24 in Las Vegas. --Report from Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News