DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 Feb) – After hosting an international musical event, Tagum City will play host to the 34th Annual Federation of Duckpin Bowlers of the Philippines (FEDBOP) National Bowling Championship on May 2 to 7, bringing the games back to the city after three years.
Hundreds of top class bowlers nationwide are expected to converge in Tagum City, which is currently hosting the 3rd International Rondalla Festival.
Mayor Rey Uy has pledged to provide P300,000 financial assistance in the staging of the tournament, according to Emie Orteza, FEDBOP Region XI chief.
“Aside from Mayor Uy, Davao del Norte Gov. Rodulfo del Rosario and the congressmen are supporting the FEDBOP national championships,” Orteza told sports media in the weekly sports forum here.
He said the FEDBOP leadership is very grateful to the support extended by the local chief executive in Tagum City and the province of Davao del Norte.
Over P600,000 cash prizes are up for grabs in the tournament, which will be played at the Gold City Commercial Complex in downtown Tagum City, some 55 kilometers north of Davao City.
Teams from Metro Manila, Cebu, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Koronadal are expected to come to Tagum City, which hosted the games in 2008.
Orteza said the tournament will feature team competition, master bowler and youth division both in men’s and women’s categories.
Host Zamboanga City clinched the men’s title while Davao City won the women’s crown last year.
“They are out to defend their title this year in Tagum City,” said Orteza.
Last year, a total of 92 teams joined the national tournament composed of 62 men’s teams and 30 ladies’ teams. (Rico Biliran / MindaNews)