Lita dela Rosa

Lita dela Rosa (died July 1994) was a Filipino 4-time World champion in Tenpin Bowling from Cebu, Philippines. She was posthumously inducted in the World Bowling Hall of Fame[2] and in the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.[3]

Lita dela Rosa
Country Philippines
Achievements and titles
World finals
Medal record
Representing  Philippines
Women's Bowling
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
World Bowling Championships 3 2 1
Asian Games 1 1
Asian Championships 1
Southeast Asian Games 4 1 1
Total 9 4 2
World Tenpin Bowling Championships
Gold medal – first place 1979 Manila Singles
Gold medal – first place 1979 Manila Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1979 Manila Masters
Silver medal – second place 1979 Manila Trios
Bronze medal – third place 1979 Manila All Events
Silver medal – second place 1983 Caracas Trios
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1978 Bangkok Team
Silver medal – second place 1978 Bangkok Trios
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Bangkok Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1984 Singapore Doubles[1]
Southeast Asian Games
Gold medal – first place Manila 1981 Doubles
Gold medal – first place Manila 1981 Trios
Silver medal – second place Manila 1981 Team
Gold medal – first place Singapore 1983 Team
Bronze medal – third place Singapore 1983 Doubles
Gold medal – first place Bangkok 1985 Team


World tournamentsEdit

Lita won the AMF Bowling World Cup in Bogota, Colombia, in 1978.[4] In 1979 IX Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs World Championship that was held in Manila, Philippines (at the Celebrity Sports Plaza), she won the gold medal in Women Single,[5] as well as the prestigious Masters title.[6] She won another gold medal in Women Doubles teamed up with country woman Bong Coo,[7] and added another silver medal in Trios with Coo and Nellie Castillo.

Dela Rosa is only one of two women who have won the AMF Bowling World Cup and the FIQ/WTBA Masters in successive years (the other is Annette Hagre Johansson of Sweden (1986 AMF Bowling World Cup, 1987 FIQ/WTBA Masters)).[8]

In the following world championships in 1983 X Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs held in Caracas Venezuela, Lita, Bong Coo and Arianne Cerdeña took another crack at the Trios but tied with the United States team for the silver medal.[9]

Dela Rosa is a recipient of government incentives as a past achiever per R.A. 9064 through the Philippine Sports Commission.[10]

Asian tournamentsEdit

In the 1979 5th FIQ Asian Zone Championships at Ploenshit Bowling Center in Bangkok, Lita combined with Nellie Castillo for the Women Doubles Gold medal.

Welcome party to Lita (top center) at the GSIS office

International and National Hall of FameEdit

She was posthumously elected to the WBW International Bowling Hall of Fame in 2000 [2] and posthumously inducted in the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame with compatriots Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno and Olivia "Bong" Coo on October 12, 2019.[11]


Dela Rosa was also one of the best Duckpin bowlers in the Philippines, also having won the silver medal at the World Cup of Duckpin.


She died in July 1994, at the age of 57, following a heart bypass operation. She was honored by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for faithfully serving it for 32 years. [12]She retired in April 1994 with the rank of Technical Assistant in the GSIS Manpower Development Division.


  1. ^ Multiple sources:
    • Brian Miller (7 November 1984). "Third gold medal for Philippines". BUSINESS TIMES. p. Page 18.
    • Lee Wai Wun (7 November 1984). "Filipina one-two". The Straits Times. p. Page 42.
  2. ^ a b "International Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum".
  3. ^ "Lydia, Paeng, Coo inducted to Hall of Fame".
  4. ^ "1978 AMF World Cup".
  5. ^ "Lita wrests title with record total". The Straits Times. 1 December 1979. p. 38.
  6. ^ Multiple sources:
  7. ^ "Filipinas bag another gold". The Straits Times. 3 December 1979. p. 31.
  8. ^ The Freeman (April 25, 2019). "Top Cebuano personalities Lita De La Rosa (Bowler par excellence)". FREEMAN CEBU.
  9. ^ "European Tenpin Bowling Federation World Championships Medal History".
  10. ^ "Sports Benefits and Incentives Act of 2001".
  11. ^ "Diay, Paeng, Coo lead new batch of inductees into PH Sports Hall of Fame".
  12. ^ "Bowling's Lita de la Rosa dies". Manila Standard. 22 July 1994. Retrieved 13 August 2021.