EIGHTY male bowlers will shoot for the 2018 Bowling World Cup national title -- and the right to carry the Philippine colors in the 54th BWC international event-- in the local finals starting on Sept. 29 at Coronado Lanes (Starlanes).
Four previous BWC international campaigners -- RJ Bautista, Raoul Miranda, Paulo Valdez and Jeff Carabeo -- lead the big field of contenders for a stint in the international tourney slated on November 4 to 11 at Sam's Town in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bautista saw action in 1999 in Las Vegas and 2012 in Wroclaw, Poland, Miranda competed in Shanghai, China in 2016, Valdez saw action in 2007 in St. Petersburg, Russia and Carabeo competed in Hermosillo, Mexico in 2008.
The other men's finalists are:
Nicco Olaivar, Art Gamolo, Larry Tinio, Dan Enriquez, Simple Villajin, Rey Tejano, Cesar Perez, Alex Santos, Caloy Guitones, Benedicto Aquino Francisco, Rudante Unay, Jerry Bugtong, Maurhic Padawan, Norman Lising, July Vargas, Don Evangelista, Paul Sia, Rolly Magana, Jomin Wong, Merwin Tan, Kenzo Umali, Scott Uy;
Kurt Mendoza, Jansen Collantes, Nino Pabalan Olivares, Kayle Abad, Joe Cabactulan Buenafe, James Tiu, Toti Daval Santos, Angel Dilig, Carl Lim, Allen Laigo, Wilson Sua, Rolendo Sumuelo, Joel Guevarra, Don Tungala, Rjay Magana, Manny Amparo, Randall Go, Boy Roman, June Seculles, Ernie Jacinto, Mark Varona, Glenn Albert, Kevin Cu, Alex Bea;
Romer Sto. Domingo, Ramel Francisco, Lando Galbey, Santos Walang, Eric Aranez, Jorel Simbulan, Rene Boy Aranico, Erwin Cabaneros, Anton Alcazaren, Marc Matias, Ted Convocar, Kevin Atienza, Ren Cremen, Rene Rodelas, Niel Buencamino, Nichole Andrew Jimeno, Wency Olivares, Kenneth Chua, Joebert Buenafe, MJ San Jose, Benshir Layoso, Edwin Rupido, Francis de Leon, Paul Eluna, Jerht Santos, Boyet Delfino, Dumo Bejara, Joe Tumagan, Ramon Camba and Federico Rivera.
The top 34 finishers based on their scores will advance to the second day of competition on Oct. 2 at Superbowl. Those who will advance to the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will play anew on Oct. 5 at Paeng's Eastwood Bowl.