World 10 Ball Championship: 17 Filipinos enter the Round of 64

19 02 2015
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English: Alex Pagulayan plays for Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

General Santos City – Day 2 of the 2015 MP Cup World 10-ball Championship is the first elimination day as 32 pool players were sent home from the original 128 participants. 32 other undefeated players barged into the knockout stages with their 2nd straight victories.  Of the 32 qualifiers, 17 are from the host country Philippines including Alex Pagulayan who is playing for Canada.

The 16 Filipinos who are in the money rounds are:

  1. Raymund Faraon
  2. Anton Raga
  3. Lee Van Cortez
  4. Antonio Gabica
  5. Jerico Bonus
  6. James Aranaz
  7. Dennis Orcollo
  8. Francisco Bustamante
  9. Alex Pagulayan
  10. Warren Kiamco
  11. Elmer Haya
  12. Roberto Gomez
  13. Carlo Biado
  14. Oliver Viliafuerte
  15. Jeffrey de Luna
  16. Emil Martinez
  17. Jonas Magpantay

The winner of this tournament will take home $40,000.  The event’s main sponsor is Congressman Manny Pacquiao.


Results for Day 2

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2012 Guinness World Series of Pool: Speed Challenge Round of 16 match-ups – 2 Pinoys left

15 07 2012

The 2012 Guinness World Series of Pool: Speed Challenge is down to its final 16 competitors. Of the 16, 7 are from the host country Indonesia, 3 are from Great Britain, 2 from the Philippines and USA, and 1 each for Germany and Finland.  The hopes for the Philippines lies in the cue sticks of Dennis Orcollo and Jeffrey de Luna. Here are the pairings for the Round of 16:


Ricky Yang (INA) vs Jeffrey De Luna (PHI)
Mika Immonen (FIN) vs Muhammad Andre (INA)
Dennis Orcollo (PHI) vs Adolof Leunupun (INA)
Iwan Saga (INA) vs Cherry Suliawan (INA)
Chris Melling (GBR) vs George Breedlove (USA)
Karl Boyes (GBR) vs Ferdi (INA)

WORLD 9 BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012 Day 6 Update: 3 PHL players left in Top 16; Reyes lost hill-hill battle

28 06 2012
Karl Boyes @ Eurotour Finland

Karl Boyes @ Eurotour Finland (Photo credit: Fledrgos)

From 5 cue artists left after the Round of 64, the Philippine contingent won 3 of 5 matches in the round of 32.  With 3 pool masters left, the Philippines is the most represented country in the Round of 16. The round of 32 for the Philippines was marked with 2 wins against players from Chinese-Taipei. Here are the results of the matches involving Filipino participants of the Round of 32 in the 2012 World 9-Ball Championship:

Dennis Orcullo 11 – 8 Hsu Kai Lun (TAI)

Lee Van Corteza 5 – 11 Mika Immonen(FIN)

Antonio Gabica 11 – 9 Yang Ching Shun (TAI)

Efren Reyes 10 – 11 Jentsch Dominic (GER)

Jundel Mazon 11 – 3 Konstantian Stepanov (RUS)

Other notables results:

Thorsten Hohmann (GER) eliminated defending champion Yukio Akagariyama (JAP), 11-9.

Karl Boyes (GBR) winning 11-8 over ex-champ Chao Fang Pang (TAI).

Ko Pin Yi (TAI) survived a hill-hill battle vs. Lo Li Wen (JAP)

Round of 16 update as of posting:

Ralf Souquet (GER) 6 – 2 Bruno Muratore (ITA)

Dennis Orcullo (PHI) 5 – 8 Nick van den Berg(NED)

Mika Immonen (FIN) 8 – 7 Antonio Gabica (PHI)

Omar Al Shaheen(KUW) 8 – 10 Le He Wen(CHN)

Karl Boyes(GBR) 5 – 6 Jentsch Dominic (GER)

Ko Pin Yi (TAI) 11 – 9 Jundel Mazon (PHI)

Darren Appleton(GBR) 7 – 4 Nick Ekonomopoulos(GRE)

Naoyuki Ohi(JPN) 11 – 9 Thorsten Hohmann (GER)

WORLD 9 BALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 Day 5 Recap: Competition down to last 32; Only 5 Filipinos left

28 06 2012

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Doha, Qatar – The Philippine campaign in the 2012 World 9 Ball Championship almost got wiped out at the start of the knockout stages. From 13 participants, the Filipino contingent is down to 5.  Gone are the likes of 2010 champion Django Bustamante, 2006 champ Ronnie Alcano, 2007 runner-up Roberto Gomez, and Carlo Biado. The hopes for a Filipino champion now lies in cue sticks of legendary Bata Reyes, Dennis Orcullo, Lee Van Corteza, Antonio Gabica, and Jundel Mazon.

Unlike the Philippine campaign, the Taipei contingent made a killing in Round 64.  They won 6 of 7 matches including 2 against Filipinos. Two other Filipinos were eliminated by a Chinese player. Other notable losers in the round of 64 were Malta’s Tony Drago, Germany’s Thomas Engert, Britain’s Daryl Peach, and Taipei’s  Chang Yu Lung.  The loser go home with $2,000 each. Top prize of this competition is $40,000.


Here are the result of the Day 5 race to 11 pairings:

Ralf Souquet(GER) 11 – 4 Nikolaos Malaj(ALB)
Fu Che Wei(TPE) 11 – 3 Andrea Klasovic(SRB)
Bruno Muratore(ITA) 11 -6 Jayson Shaw(GBR)
Hsu Kai Lun(TPE) 11 – 5 Aki Heiskanen(FIN)
Dennis Orcullo(PHI) 11 – 8 Andrew Kong(HKG)
Nick van den Berg(NED) 11 – 6 Marlon Caneda(PHI)
Han Hao Xiang(CHN) 11 – 8 Israel Rota(PHI)
Jonny Martinez(VEN) 11 – 8 Uraoka Takashi(JPN)
Le He Wen(CHN) 11 – 9 Jason Klatt(CAN)
Mika Immonen(FIN) 11 -10 Tony Drago(MLT)
Yang Ching Shung(TPE) 11 -4 Vincent Faquet(FRA)
Khaled Al Mutairi(KUW) 11 –8 Majide Alazme(KUW)
Antonio Gabica(PHI) 11 – 7 Mario He(AUT)
Lee Van Corteza(PHI) 11 – 4 Serge Das(BEL)
John Morra(CAN) 11 – 7 Elvis Calasang(PHI)
Chang Jun Lin(TPE) 11 – 2 Joven Alba(PHI)
Omar Al Shaheen(KUW) 11 – 10 Chang Yu Lung(TPE)
Efren Reyes(PHI) 11 – 6  Toh Lian Han(SIN)
Yukio Akagariyama(JPN) 11 – 9 Thomas Engert(GER)
Chao Fong Pang(TPE) 11 – 6 Francisco Bustamante(PHI)
Thorsten Hohmann(GER) 11 – 4 Bader Al Awadi(KUW)
Dominic Jentsch(GER) 11 – 6 Manuel Gama(POR)
Naoyuki Ohi(JPN) 11 – 10 Carlo Biado(PHI)
Karl Boyes(GBR) 11 – 9  Do The Kien
Ko Pin Yi(TPE) 11 – 6 Huidji See(NED)
Lo Li Wen(JPN) 11 – 9 Daryl Peach(GBR)
Jundel Mazon(PHI) 11 – 9 Ronnie Alcano(PHI)
Konstantin Stepanov(RUS) 11 – 5 Ryouji Hori(JPN)
Darren Appleton(GBR) 11 – 5 Mateusz Sniegocki(POL)
Matthew Edwards(NZL) 11 – 7 Toru Kuribayashi(JPN)
Liu Haitao(CHN) 11 – 4 Roberto Gomez(PHI)
Nick Ekonomopoulos(GRE) 11 – 5 Ryu Seung Woo(KOR)



World 9-Ball Championship 2012 Day 5 First Half Update: 3 up 3 down for the PHL cue artists in the Round of 64

27 06 2012
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Orcullo (with Amang Parica) is in the Round of 32

After 16 matches in the Round of 64 in the World 9-Ball Championship, 3 Philippine bets have entered the Round of 32 while 3 Filipino pool players are eliminated from the competition. There are 7 Filipino cue masters who will play for a spot in the Round of 32 later tonight.  The early winners are led by veteran Dennis Orcollo who avenged his Day 3 defeat to Andrew Kong of Hong Kong.  He will be joined by Lee Van Corteza and Antonio Gabica. Corteza beat Belgium’s Serge Das while Gabica eliminated Mario He of Austria.

The 3 PHL bets that were eliminated are Israel Rota, Marlon Caneda, and Elvis Calasang.  Rota was beaten by Hao Xiang Han of China. Caneda was eliminated by Nick Van Der Berg and Calasang was sent packing by John Morra of Canada.

On going matches of PHL bets as of posting:

Chang Jun Lin (TAI) 3 – 2 Joven Alba (PHI)

Francisco Bustamante (PHI) 1 -3 Chao Fong Pang (TAI)

Carlo Biado (PHI) 2 -4 Ohi Naoyuki (JPN)

Efren Reyes (PHI) 3-2 Toh Lian Han (SIN)

2011 PSA Awardees

28 02 2012

The Philippine Sportswriters Association feted the best in Philippines sports in its Annual Awards night. Here are the awardees for 2011:

Athletes of the Year: Dennis Orcollo, Nonito Donaire Jr.

PSA Presidential Achievement Award: Juvic Pagunsan
Executive of the Year: Ricky Vargas
Major Awardees: Brian Viloria (pro boxing), Ana Julaton (pro boxing),Donnie Nietes (pro boxing), Mark Anthony Barriga (amateur boxing), Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes (billiards), Rubilen Amit (billiards), Jessie Aligaga (wushu),Dembert Arcita (wushu), Dragon Boat team, Jimmy Alapag (pro basketball), Calvin Abueva (amateur basketball), Bobby Parks Jr.(amateur basketball), Jhonnel Ababa (pro golf), Dottie Ardina (amateur golf), Rupert Zaragosa (amateur golf), Magna Carta (Horse of the Year), Jesse Guce (Jockey of the Year), Kenneth San Andres (motocross), Malvinne Ann Alcala (badminton)
National Sports Associations of the Year: Billiards Sports Confederation of the Philippines (BSCP), Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP)
Tony Siddayao Award: Eumir Marcial, Markie Alcala, Raymond Debuque, Jeron Teng, Rustom Lim
Top Achievers: Marestella Torres (athletics), Darwin Dela Calzada (baseball), Oliver Barbosa (chess), Rachel Daquis (volleyball), Monica Torres (triathlon), Nikko Huelgas (triathlon), John Paul Lizardo (taekwondo)
Mr. Football: Phil Younghusband, Chieffy Caligdong
Special Citation: 26th Southeast Asian gold medalists, Ateneo Blue Eagles, San Beda Red Lions, Lea Coline Langit, Julio Catalino Sadorra, Josephine Medina, Ernie Gawilan
Posthumous: Rudy Salud, Josie Bauzon, Maico Buncio, Big Boy Reynoso, Mirabeau Maga, Dave Regullano, Epoy Alcantara, Willie Abalos, Arsenio Tado, Ruben Esguerra, Belma Ignacio, Benjie Sagalongos

Congratulations to the awardees and may 2012 be another great year for Philippine sports. 😉

World 8-Ball Championship: Only 4 Pinoys left in the Round of 32

16 02 2012

Fujairah, UAE – Day 3 was not a good day for the Filipino contingent in the 2012 World 8-Ball Championship held at the Fujairah Tennis and Country Club in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Out of the 9 Filipino cue masters, less than half survive their first knockout match. Only defending champion Dennis Orcollo, current National Open Champ Carlo Biado, Roberto “Pinoy Superman” Gomez, and veteran campaigner Lee Van Corteza are left to carry the Philippine flag to the next round.

Later in the night, Orcollo was sent packing by Polish Karol Skowerski. The Philippines has still a big chance though as Gomez, Corteza, and Biado are no pushovers.  Here are the results of Day 3:

Race to 9, Alternate Break

Dennis Orcullo(PHI) 9 – 5 Nasser Al Mujaibel(KUW)
Vilmos Foldes(HUN) 9 – 5 Kuo Po Chen(TPE)
Niels Feijen(NED) 9 – 1 Saleh Mohammed(KUW)
Ko Pin Yi(TPE) 9 – 5 Raymund Faraon(PHI)
Jalal Yousef(VEN) 9 – 5 Konstantin Stepanov(RUS)
Karol Skowerski(POL) 9 – 6 Shaker Wahdan(JOR)
Liu Haitao(CHN) 9 – 6 Abdulatef Fawal(QAT)
Max Eberle(USA) 9 – 7 Ralf Souquet(GER)
Fu Chei Wei(TPE) 9 – 7 Reiner Wirsbitzki(GER)
Ahmad Jallad(JOR) 9 – 8 Joven Alba(PHI)
Hwang Yong(KOR) 9 – 8 Demosthenes Pulpul(PHI)
Mika Immonen(FIN) 9 – 7 Omran Salem(UAE)
Lee Van Corteza(PHI) 9 – 2 Lee Chen Man(HKG)
Nguyen Phuc Long(VIE) 9 – 8 Amin Fekry(UAE)
Serge Das(BEL) 9 – 7 So Shaw(IRI)
Nick van den Berg(NED) 9 – 7 Karl Boyes(GBR)
Li Hewen(CHN) 9 – 3 Darren Appleton(GBR)
Carlo Biado(PHI) 9 – 2 Elmer Haya(PHI)
Imran Majid(GBR) 9 – 5 Kenny Chi Ho Kwok(HKG)
Oliver Ortman(GER) 9 – 3 Lo Li Wen(JPN)
Huidji See(NED) 9 – 4 Dominic Jentsch(GER)
Bruno Muratore(ITA)9 –4 Radislaw Babica(POL)
Chang Jun Lin(TPE) 9 –6 Carlos Cabello(ESP)
Salah Al-Rimawi(UAE) 9 – 5 Daryl Peach(GBR)
Toru Kuribayashi(JPN) 9 — 7 Tomasz Kaplan(POL)
Thorsten Hohmann(GER) 9 – 2 Ryoji Aoki(JPN)
Chris Melling(GBR) 9 –5 Omer Al Serkal(UAE)
Fancisco Diaz-Pizarro(ESP) 9 — 4 Omar Al Shaheen(KUW)
Roberto Gomez(PHI) 9 – 4 Mario He(AUT)
Mark Gray(GBR) 9 – 3 Maghsoud Ali(IRI)
Hijikata Hajato(JPN) 9 – 8 Takhti Zarekani(IRI)
Yukio Akagariyama(JPN)9 –2 Elvis Calasang(PHI)


Karol Skowerski(POL) 9 – 3 Dennis Orcullo(PHI)
Ko Pin Yi(TPE) 9 – 2 Niels Feijen(NED)
Liu Haitao(CHN) 9 – 7 Vilmos Foldes(HUN)