Lopa new bowling federation president
MANILA—Former national coach and founding president Ernesto “Toti” Lopa was elected head of the Philippine Bowling Congress over incumbent Mariano “Nitoy” Tamayo in a hotly contested election held last night at the Green Valley bowling club in Pasig City.
Lopa prevailed, 57-51, and will serve the remaining two years of the term Tamayo assumed when he was elected in 2009 as interim president.
Swimming’s Mark Joseph served as the Philippine Olympic Committee observer, while soft tennis’ Jeff Tamayo also appeared as guest.
“I just want to help this sport get back on its feet. After two years I plan to retire for good,” said Lopa.
Also elected were Dr. Ronnie Mendoza as vice president, Rudy Salazar as secretary general and Purisimo Bating as treasurer.
Former Philippine Women Bowling Association and Regional Trial Court judge Leticia Sablan declared the winners as chief of the commission on elections.
PBC secretary general and Hall of Famer Bong Coo didn’t run for any position but said she would try to compete in the senior masters aside from continuing teaching physical education at the University of the Philippines.
After the emotion-packed five-hour meeting which scrutinized the agenda and the roster of delegates, they divided the house and the general assembly voted to hold an election on a 59-52 count.
The 78-year-old Lopa helped coach Ariane Cerdena when she won a gold medal during the 1988 Seoul Olympics, when bowling was played as a demonstration sport.
He also established the Philippine Bowling Federation in 1968 before co-founding the PBC in 1969. He was also FIQ Asia vice president in 1973 and was named board member of the FIQ (Federacion Internationale de Quillers).
He also coached the national team of the United Arab Emirates from 1982 to 1987.
Lopa said he will review the training program of the national team and credentials of the national coaches.
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