Bowling the stress away

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By Danny B. Dangcalan

A Walk in the Park

Monday, May 19, 2014

MEDIA job takes a lot of stress. Constantly beating crazy deadlines, sometimes running after elusive sources, and forever dealing with intermittent WiFi, a reporter’s job is not for the faint of heart.

Not that we’re complaining. We love our job. We thrive under pressure.

So when opportunities to bust the stress come along, we always say yes with gusto. Aside from being a much-needed break, these treats afford us to enjoy each other’s company longer, without habitually checking on our watches for the deadline, or phone messages from our editors bugging us on the submission of articles.


Over the weekend, Bacolod reporters trooped to the Super Bowling Lanes at the Goldenfield Commercial Complex for the Inter-Media Fellowship Bowling Tournament of the Negros Press Club (NPC).

After our lunch meeting, Nanette and I trooped to the Goldenfield just in time to catch NPC president Carla Cañet’s welcome remarks. After saying hello to everyone, and making the usual bro-hug and beso, we turn up the energy level by positioning in our respective lanes for the first sheet. Suddenly, our friends became our competitors.

For non-bowling players like me, it was hilarious throwing the ball mindlessly hoping it will knock over even just one pin. At one point, I got lucky I hit a spare. But most of the time it’s just one pin, or the ball rolls down to gutter.

But watching Clarence Locsin, who is still recovering from stroke, just trying so hard to release the ball, inspired me to get serious with the game.

I see Boy Ciocon releasing the ball on the side and it makes a curve and hit the remaining pins on the other side, and I go like, how do you that?

I also see perennial champions playing the game with the same passion as with the previous years, and I only have admiration for their level of skills from constant practice.

After almost six hours of intense game, it was time to repair. So we went back to the NPC building for our fellowship dinner—coupled with videoke and drinks.

Big thanks to our corporate sponsors for this memorable weekend: Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), Panasiatic Call Centers, Vallacar Transit, Jollibee Foods Corp., San Miguel Brewery, and YSA Skin and Body Experts.

Many thanks also to Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, Councilor Jose Carlos Lopez, and Councilor Caesar Distrito.

Till next tournament!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 19, 2014.


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