Benigno “Benny” Gupez, the businessman who headed two national sports organizations, died Sunday morning at the age of 78 of natural causes.
A former president of the National Golf Association of the Philippines and the local volleyball federation, Gopis was also responsible for bringing the Mizuno sports line to the country with which he built his business empire.
An avid golfer, Gupez also helped stars such as Cassius Casas, Kirito Villaroman and Bong Lopez, while being credited with bringing to the country the 1996 World Team Golf Championship held at Manila Southwoods and Sta. Elena.
It was also during Gopez’s reign as head of volleyball that the Philippines hosted the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) World Championship in 2000.
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