Paeng Nepomuceno

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Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno with his three world records

Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno (born January 30, 1957 in Manila) is a Filipino world bowling champion regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of his time. He holds three Guinness Records: one for being the youngest Bowling World Cup champion at 19; another for winning the greatest number of Bowling World Cups; and lastly for the most tenpin bowling titles in a career with 118.


Nepomuceno has won 118 titles, the most notable of which are the bowling World Cups he won in Iran in 1976, in Indonesia in 1980, in France in 1992, and in Northern Ireland in 1996. Nepomuceno also won the International Tournament championship in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1984 and the World Tenpin Masters championship in London, England in 1999. On October 4, 2002, Nepomuceno won a gold medal together with RJ Bautista in bowling's double event for men at the Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea. His most recent individual victory was in the 2007 South Pacific Classic, Australia’s most prestigious bowling tournament.

Nepomuceno is the only bowler who has received the prestigious International Olympic Committee President's Trophy and was the first enshrined in the International Bowling Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri in 1993. In November 1999, the Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) named Paeng as the "International Bowling Athlete of the Millennium."

In a ceremony held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, an FIQ official cited Paeng with these words: "No international bowling athlete is more deserving of recognition than Paeng. In addition to his long list of well-known achievements as a world champion in three decades, Paeng truly has been and continues to be an extraordinary ambassador for Filipino sport."

In 2007, Nepomuceno was designated as an ambassador of goodwill by the United Nations. He travelled to Italy (along with his wife Pinky, managing director of Puyat Sports) to watch the first ever Paeng Nepomuceno Cup bowling tournament, held from July 12-17 at the Loreto Bowling Center in Milan. Over a hundred bowling enthusiasts from all over Italy entered the tournament. Nepomuceno also conducted a bowling clinic as part of a week-long event arranged by the Filipino Bowlers Club of Milan and the Philippine Consulate General. [1]

In 2009, Nepomuceno was conferred the Mort Luby Jr. Distinguished Service Award by international tenpin bowling journalists World Bowling Writers. [2] He also won the Sportsman Award of the 45th 45th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup in Melaka, Malaysia.


  1. ^, Paeng Nepomuceno gets Milan Tribute
  2. ^ 'Paeng earns 5th World Bowling Writers award.' (Accessed 13 January 2009)