Bowlers from the local congregations in the Ecclesiastical District of Italy South battled it out for the championship of the Bowling Masters finals on June 26, 2022.
Held at the Bowling Brunswick, in Lungotevere dell’Acqua Acetosa 10, Rome, Italy, the sports activity was sponsored by the Christian Family Organizations (CFO) district leadership.
“This activity was participated in by brethren from the three main CFO, namely, Buklod, KADIWA, and Binhi,” explained Brother Michael DJ. Pineda, district CFO overseer.
He added that it was an opportunity for the brethren to see each other again after long lockdowns amid the pandemic. “Distance to the venue was not a hindrance to them, players and supporters alike. Everyone is just so elated for having seen each other again,” he said.
“This activity enabled me to meet in-person not only my long-distance friends but also new ones from various local congregations,” enthused Ayessa Lardizabal, choir member from the Local Congregation of Grosetto.
The bowling tournament had three singles categories, to wit, Buklod, KADIWA, and Binhi, all of which had male and female divisions, and a separate category for doubles, specifically Buklod couples. The 10 local congregations and 13 group worship services of the district sent delegations comprising six to eight bowlers.
Meverson Talania, kegler from the Local Congregation of Roma Sud, said, “I thank so much the Church Administration for this opportunity that has allowed us to gather and unite. This is rejuvenating and inspiring as I continue on serving God.”
The first place winners were Wendell Maniego and Audrey del Coro, both from the Local Congregation of Rome – Buklod division; Alessio Gabriel (Roma Nord), Zavina Danielle Balcita (Rome) – KADIWA; Ivan Salvador (Rome), Margaret Alverez (Roma Ovest) – Binhi; and Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo and Louiellyn Cayabyab (Rome) – Couple Edition. The special award for the most strikes made was also awarded to Maniego and Salvador.
Arnel and Sarlet Balboa, also from Roma Sud, said, “Being able to compete for the district finals, and seeing how much united brethren from different local congregations were, have already made us very happy.”
Brother Randy S. Macalinao, district supervising minister, led this friendly competition, including the awarding of plaques, and medals afterwards. — With reports from INC News Section