Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Better competition. More divisions. Bigger prizes.
These are what the SM Bowling Millionaires Cup offers in its second season, which will unfurl on October 26.
Unlike in the inaugural season, former and current members of the national team can join the tournament certified by the Philippine Bowling Congress (PBC) and Affiliated Local Bowling Association (ALBA).
This ups the ante in the tournament where over a thousand bowlers across the country are expected to join.
Given the competition’s wide coverage, PBC secretary general Francis de Leon said the Millionaires Cup plays a vital role in the promotion of the sport, more so in the search for new bowlers who may don the Philippine colors in the future.
“This particular initiative with SM helps us draw new talents,” said De Leon. “We are in a stage where we are rebuilding the sport and bringing it back to its glory days.”
But on top of the upgraded level of competition, bigger prizes are also at stake in the largest bowling tilt in the country which is recognized in Asia.
The second installment of the Millionaires Cup is divided into four categories: junior masters (20 years old and below), senior masters (50 years old above), classified masters (186 and below PBC averages), and the open masters (for all ages and gender).
Winners in the junior and senior masters divisions, respectively, will receive P50,000 each, while the classified masters victor will bring home P500,000.
A whopping P1 million cash prize awaits the open masters champion.