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Mr. George Ongkeko (third from right) is awarded the key to his Chery Tigo SUV and a trophy after ruling the 9thSM Bowling Cup Pepsi Grand National Finals last weekend at the SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center. Handing the award to him are SM Bowling Division Manager Mr. Bonifacio M. Solis (center), Mr. Mark Pangandian of Chery Motors (second from right) and Pepsi Marketing Manager Mr. Jerome Agustin (right). Ongkeko, a certified public accountant, who boasts a 5-handicap, has been bowling for the past 11 years. Mr. Jose Rolly Delideli and Mr. Wilson Hernandez brought home the 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The 9th SM Bowling Cup Pepsi Grand National Finals, held recently at the SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City, is organized by SM and sponsored by Iseway Motors Philippines, Inc. – Chery Cars, PEPSI, Gatorade, Lipton Tea, Boysen, Nestle MILO, Accel, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Nido Science Discovery Center, SM Storyland, Honda Motors, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort Cebu and Eden Nature Park & Resort Davao.
George Ongkeko stormed past fading Jose Rolly Delideli, 274-221, to rule the 9th SM Bowling Cup Pepsi Grand National Finals at the SM Mall of Asia Bowling Center in Pasay City over the weekend.
After playing solidly to top the 10-game, 24-player last-day qualifiers and earn a twice-to-beat edge in the championship series, the bespectacled Ongkeko settled the issue with seven straight strikes in the first match to win a 2010 model Chery Tigo worth nearly P900,000.
Delideli, who finished 6th overall and had to prevail in two earlier stepladder matches and earn a crack at Ongkeko, couldn’t keep pace with his sizzling rival and settled for the runner-up pot of P100,000 in event sponsored by SM, Pepsi, Lipton Tea and Chery Motors.
Awarding the prizes and trophies to the winners were SM senior marketing manager for Bowling and Ice Skating Ana Aguila, Pepsi marketing manager Jerome Agustin and Mark Pangandian, representing Raymund Tribdino, Chery Motors vice president for marketing and after sales.
“It’s amazing that I could play this consistent all the way,” said the stock 57-year-old Ongkeko, a certified public accountant who boasts a 5-handicap and has been bowling for the past 11 years, of his big win.
Basically using a 16-pound Columbia 500 ball and 16-pound Global Break 70 ball, Ongkeko bowled a 10-game series of 2403, for a 235 average, in topping the qualifiers.
“After the last two stepladder games, medyo napagod. But Ongkeko was solid all throughout,” said 47-year-old businessman Delideli, who has 10-handicap, of his fellow SM North Edsa Bowling Center mainstay. “He deserved to win.”
Another SM North Edsa bowler, Wilson Hernandez, finished third and took home P50,000.
SM bowling division manager Boni Solis, a former national bowler, disclosed Ongkeko and Delideli were former runners-up in previous SM Bowling Cup legs “so this championship series was interesting to watch.”
“The SM Bowling Cup was conceived to encourage more recretational bowlers to compete in tournaments, and judging from the turnout, we are achieving that,” Solis said.
“That bowlers with low handicaps won this time shows that the system we put in place improving, although we expect to make further refinements,” he added.
PRECOCIOUS Filipino-American teener Zhaira Costiniano towered over everyone else to become the youngest women’s champion of the National Figure Skating Championships at the SM Mall of Asia International Skating Rink in Pasay City last weekend.
Banking on a seamless long program, Costiniano, who in a year grew three inches to 5-foot-5 and turned 15 yesterday, Bonifacio Day, was the runaway winner with a total of 121.27 points, counting her frontrunning tally of 40.73 points in the short program earlier.
The pretty chinky-eyed Immaculate Conception high schooler dethroned defending women’s champ and fellow Fil-Am Mericien Venzon, who was relegated to runnerup honors with 103.2 points. Another Fil-Am, Mary Grace Baldo, was third (93.25).
Chicago-based Fil-Am Maverick Clint Eguia, vying for the first time in the nationals, suffered jitters in performing in front of the local gallery and had a few tumbles in the long program on the way to scoring 118.40 points as the lone entry in the men’s senior division of the meet sponsored by SM and Pepsi
“I tried my very best and just slight mistakes. I’m so happy that I won,” said Costiniano of the triumph, which was a brilliant follow-up to clinching the national juniors’ crown last year.
“I think it was my clean jumps and spins that won it for me,” added Costiniano, who saw action for the country at the World Junior Grand Prix in Turkey early this year.
“She deserves a good dessert for winning this trophy,” said her delighted mom, Raquez Costinianio, who disclosed that her daughter had been on a strict diet the last six months following her growth spurt to keep her lean and trim for the competition.
“I knew I was behind after the short program and just did my best, but we fell short,” said Venzon, 19, a premed student at the University of California- Los Angeles .
She added that she also had a double up in training for the event since she had commute back to San Francisco on weekends where her home skating rink is.
On hand to award the trophies and medals to the winners were Philippine Skating Union chairman Hans Sy and president Pocholo Veguillas, who noted the strong level of competition in this year’s tournament.
“Our skaters have consistently improved over the past but admittedly we still have a long way to go,” Veguillas said.
Homegrown talent Chelcie Jo Mahinay topped the junior ladies division with 89.61 points, besting debuting Fil-Am Ashley Aquino Brickman, a cousin of President Benigno Aquino III, who settled for second with 89.30 points.
The other winners were: Alyssa Comia in the Novice Ladies Division, Mari Anne Estefani Guerra (Intermediate A Ladies), Julie Marie Ignacio (Intermediate B Ladies), Louwee Shibata (Juvenile A Ladies), Francine Chloe Ramirez ( Juvenile B Ladies), Sofia Isabel Victoria Guidote (Pre-juvenile A Ladies), Dominique Sabine Katigbak (Pre-juvenile B Ladies), and Gabriel Briones (Pre-juvenile B Male).