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Efren 'Bata' Reyes would have wanted to play in Olympics

Mar 14, 2020 - 4:12 PM

Filipino icon Efren 'Bata' Reyes says billiards could deliver the Philippines the elusive Olympic gold medal

LEGEND. Efren "Bata" Reyes says he had a good chance of capturing an Olympic gold medal when he was still at the top of his game. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

SEA Games affirms Centeno as future of PH billiards, says Amit

Dec 13, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Former world pool champion Rubilen Amit says Zamboanga City native Chezka Centeno is the rightful heir to the Philippine billiards throne

POOL PHENOMS. Billiards stars Rubilen Amit (left) and Chezka Centeno team up for the gold in the SEA Games 9-ball doubles. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Amit, Centeno blank Indonesian duo for 9-ball doubles gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:44 PM

After copping a gold each in singles play, Rubilen Amit and Chezka Centeno team up to rule the women’s 9-ball doubles

DOUBLE GOLD. Rubilen Amit and Chezka Centeno pick up their second gold. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Olympic hopeful Daniel Caluag grabs BMX racing silver

Dec 10, 2019 - 3:22 PM

After a heartbreaking start to his SEA Games campaign, Filipino BMX star Daniel Caluag bounces back and clinches a silver

Daniel Patrick Caluag of the Philippines bags silver against Thailand during the finals of the BMX race cycling event of the 30th SEA Games at the BMX Track, Tagaytay City Centrum on December 10, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Dennis Orcollo pockets SEA Games 10-ball gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 1:21 AM

Filipino pool star Dennis Orcollo breaks his four-year Southeast Asian Games championship drought

Dennis Orcollo Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Amit trumps Centeno, cops SEA Games 9-ball gold

Dec 08, 2019 - 10:12 PM

Rubilen Amit walks away with the 9-ball gold this time after succumbing to Chezka Centeno in the women's 10-ball finals

COMEBACK FASHION. Rubilen Amit comes back from a two-rack deficit to topple compatriot Chezka Centeno. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Chezka Centeno outshines Rubilen Amit for SEA Games 10-ball gold

Dec 08, 2019 - 12:35 AM

Pool stars Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit secure another 1-2 finish in the women’s 10-ball tournament

1-2 FINISH. Chezka Centeno (R) celebrates with compatriot Rubilen Amit after the awarding ceremonies in the 30th SEA Games women's 10-ball pool singles event at the Manila Hotel Tent on December 7, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SEA Games gold still eludes Efren 'Bata' Reyes

Dec 06, 2019 - 10:19 PM

Billiards legend Efren 'Bata' Reyes falls short yet again of his bid to add a SEA Games gold to his exceptional medal collection

Philippines' Efren "Bata" Reyes competes in the 30th SEA Games 1-cushion carom semi-finals at the Manila Tent Hotel on December 6, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Pinoy cue masters still on a roll

Dec 06, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The country's pool stars stay in the medal hunt of the 2019 SEA Games billiards and snooker competitions

FOCUSED. Rubilen Amit prepares a shot in 10-ball pool action. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Efren 'Bata' Reyes pulls off effortless win; PH teams yield in semis

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The legendary Efren 'Bata' Reyes shows yet again why he's one of the greatest athletes to ever wield a cue stick

COMPOSED. Efren 'Bata' Reyes says he doesn't feel nervous playing carom billiards. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Seeking first SEA Games gold, Efren 'Bata' Reyes plays in unique pool event

Dec 04, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Arguably the greatest pool player of all time, Efren 'Bata' Reyes aims to add that elusive SEA Games gold medal to his collection

SWAN SONG. Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes represents the Philippines in what could be his last SEA Games. File photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Pinoy pool masters off to impressive SEA Games start

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:40 AM

Former world champions and top pool prospects get the Philippines' campaign rolling in the billiards and snooker tournaments

Philippines team Basil Al Shajjar prepares to take a shot during the Men's double Snooker at 30th Southeast Asia Games in Manila on December 03, 2019. Photo by: Lito Borra/Rappler

All-star PH billiards team targets at least 4 golds in SEA Games 2019

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:43 AM

Efren 'Bata' Reyes, Dennis Orcollo, Carlo Biado, and Rubilen Amit banner the Philippines' star-studded billiards lineup

OLD BUT GOLD. Efren "Bata" Reyes will see action in three-cushion carom in what is likely his last SEA Games hurrah. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Biado settles for 2nd in 2019 WPA Players Championship

Apr 20, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Top Filipino billiards player Carlo Biado blows a comfortable lead against Taiwanese Kevin Cheng in the final

SO CLOSE. Carlo Biado nearly clinches the gold in the tournament that drew 64 of the world’s elite pool players. Photo from World Pool-Billiard Association Facebook

World 9 Ball Championship: Carlo Biado's bid for 2nd straight crown falls short

Dec 21, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Pinoy shooter Carlo Biado loses the final to German sensation Joshua Filler

STUNNED. World No.2 Carlo Biado falls short of a title defense after getting nipped by German Joshua Filler. Photo from World Pool-Billiard Association Facebook

Biado-De Luna tandem misses out on World Cup of Pool semis

May 19, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The Filipino pair crashes out vs China in the prestigious tournament the country last ruled in 2013

END OF THE ROAD. Jeff de Luna and Carlo Biado fail to snap the Philippines' 5-year title drought in the World Cup of Pool. Photo from World Cup of Pool's official Twitter account (@worldcupofpool)

PH duo of Biado-De Luna advances to World Cup of Pool quarterfinals

May 18, 2018 - 11:38 PM

International pool glory and a $250,000 cash prize await the winner

ON TO THE NEXT. Carlo Biado (middle) and partner Jeff de Luna will face China B in the quarterfinals. Photo from JP Parmentier/Matchroom Multi Sport 2018

World Cup of Pool set in Shanghai May 15 to 20

Mar 08, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The Philippines is the winningest country in the World Cup of Pool with 3 championships

BATTLE. 32 two-man teams will vie for the 2018 World Cup of Pool and the prize fund of $250,000.

Bashers fuel Carlo Biado to capture World 9-Ball Championship title

Mar 02, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Biado is one of the 3 PSA-Tapa King Athlete of the Year awardees

SPARK. Carlo Biado recalls that other countries were bashing him that sparked the fire in him to do better. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

[OPINION] The case for a Gilas-style national billiards team

Dec 21, 2017 - 12:47 PM

For relatively little cash, a sponsored national cuesports team can bring very good exposure to a Pinoy corporate entity.

GILAS OF BILLIARDS. An organized roster of national billiards talent would go a long way towards keeping the Philippines a world power on the pool table, the columnist opines. Photo from WPA press release

Orcollo, Kiamco bow out in semis, take bronze in men’s 9-ball doubles

Aug 24, 2017 - 2:12 PM

The Philippine duo were the favorites of the men s 9 ball doubles event but were an upset by their Singapore counterparts

BRONZE. Dennis Orcollo and Warren Kiamco bowed out of the gold medal race in the 29th Southeast Asian Games men’s 9-ball doubles event. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Efren 'Bata' Reyes admits English billiards not PH's strength after loss to Vietnam

Aug 22, 2017 - 3:03 PM

He and Francisco Dela Cruz are swept by Vietnam in English billiards doubles an event that Reyes admits he rarely plays

ENGLISH BILLIARDS. Efren 'Bata' Reyes and Francisco Dela Cruz drop their first SEA Games competition in English billiards doubles. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

10 Filipino athletes to look out for in 2017 SEA Games

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Here s a short list of some of the outstanding Filipino athletes who will see action at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Efren Reyes: The Lion In Winter

Aug 03, 2017 - 10:56 AM

The Magician isn t retiring yet but admits he can t do what he once did with a cue ball

AGING LEGEND. Efren Reyes, who will represent the Philippines at this month's SEA Games, bemoans the decline in popularity of billiards in the country. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Billiards debuts as regular sport at Palaro 2017

Apr 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Two girls from Soccsksargen region compete against each other in the gold medal round

DEBUT. Billiards made its debut at Palarong Pambansa as a regular sport after being a demo sport last year. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

Russian Chinakov topples Filipino Corteza for Molinari Players 8-ball crown

Jan 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Lee Vann Corteza falls short 16 6 in the finals against Ruslan Chinakov in the first of 4 8 ball tournaments which comprise the new World Pool Series

THE BREAKS. Lee Vann Corteza, seen at the 2007 SEA Games, fell short against "The Siberian Express" Ruslan Chinakov in the final. File photo by Bay Simoyo/AFP

Jeffrey Ignacio banners the next generation of Pinoy pool stars

Jul 24, 2016 - 5:25 PM

A Filipino hasn t won the World 9 Ball Championship since 2010 Jeffrey Ignacio hopes to end that streak as the tournament kicks off in Doha

CORNER POCKET. Jeffrey Ignacio leads the next generation of Filipino pool players looking to reclaim the World 9 Ball title for the Philippines. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

DepEd, Albay prepare for Palaro 2016

Mar 24, 2016 - 10:56 AM

This year 18 regions will be competing including the recently established Negros Island Region

PALARO 2016. Albay will host the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. File photos from the official website and Facebook page of Albay Palarong Pambansa 2016

Successful Kings Cup a refreshing twist on pocket billiards

Nov 24, 2015 - 3:18 PM

The East vs West team challenge showed how creative thinking can make for a compelling sports spectacle

KINGS CUP. Efren Reyes (right) with the Ko brothers. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Kings Cup is rare chance to see Reyes, Bustamante play together again

Nov 18, 2015 - 4:44 AM

This week s East versus West pool team event will give fans an opportunity to witness two iconic Pinoy pool players playing in tandem

KING'S CUP. Efren Reyes (center) and Francisco Bustamante (right), two of the greatest Filipino athletes, will play together for maybe the last time in a competitive environment during the King's Cup at Resorts World. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Can a Pinoy finally win the U.S. Open 9-Ball again?

Oct 21, 2015 - 1:18 AM

One of the most prestigious pool events has been heartbreaking for Filipinos A thin sliver of polyester might change that this year

Dennis Orcollo. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Orcollo comes from behind to win men's 9-ball SEA Games gold

Jun 10, 2015 - 4:59 PM

Surigao del Sur native Dennis Orcollo overcomes a 1 3 hole to defeat his Myanmar opponent to earn the Philippines another billiards gold medal

Dennis Orcollo wins his fourth SEA Games gold medal. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Amit to face Centeno in all-PH women's 9-ball singles final

Jun 08, 2015 - 6:18 PM

Rubilen Amit dominates Myanmar in the semifinal to guarantee a 1 2 finish for the Philippines at the Southeast Asian Games

FINALS BOUND. Rubilen Amit assures the Philippines of a 1-2 finish in women's 9-ball singles at the 2015 SEA Games. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: All Philippine gold medal wins at 2015 SEA Games

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:10 PM

View photos of all 29 of the Philippines gold medal wins at the 28th Southeast Asian Games

Gilas Cadets celebrate their 17th SEA Games basketball gold medal. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

How to make the Queens Cup even better

Apr 20, 2015 - 5:08 PM

The Queens Cup showcased the best of women s billiards but tweaks to the game and event could improve future competitions

While all eight players were accomplished and well-known in the pool world, few in the Philippines were aware of the players outside of Asia captain Rubilen Amit, few are well-known in the Philippines. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Women's Pool takes centerstage at the Queens Cup

Apr 11, 2015 - 3:59 AM

The Philippines own Rubilen Amit will lead a troop of Asian lady pool masters against some of the finest from America and Europe Will it help reignite interest in the game?

China's Chen Si Ming is rated number one in the world and will be in action at Resorts World Manila. Some feel the 20-year-old will eventually go down as one of the best female pool players ever. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Taiwan's Ko wins World 10 Ball Championship in GenSan

Feb 22, 2015 - 5:02 AM

Taiwan s Ko Pin Yi wins his first ever world title by capturing the 2015 World 10 Ball Championship with a dramatic 11 9 win over Filipino Carlo Biado

Ko Pin Yi surveys the table in General Santos City, Philippines. Photo by Dong Secuya

Pacquiao brings WPA World 10-ball championship to GenSan

Jan 24, 2015 - 2:28 PM

A total of 128 players from over 40 countries are expected to compete in February for 200 000 in total prizes with 40 000 going to the winner

POOL SHARK. Manny Pacquiao lines up his shot on the pool table. Photo by STR/AFP

Filipino duo captures 2nd Pacquiao int’l billiard crown

Dec 17, 2014 - 9:19 PM

The tandem of Romeo Silvano and Jordan Legaspi twice came from behind to catch up with their Taiwanese opponents before clinching the doubles title in the US 100 000 2nd Manny Pacquiao 10 Ball International Tournament

NEVER SAY DIE. The tandem of Romeo Silvano and Jordan Legaspi overcame their Taiwanese rivals to win the Pacquiao-sponsored tournament. Photo by Edwin Espejo

'Bata' Reyes shows why he is still the man to beat

Dec 13, 2014 - 12:45 PM

At age 60 Efren Bata Reyes showed he is still among the world s best by winning the 2nd Manny Pacquiao International 10 Ball tournament

ON TARGET. Billiards legend Efren 'Bata' Reyes lines up his shot in GenSan. Photo by Edwin Espejo

Reyes, Immonen win, Pacquiao falls in opening day billiard tilt

Dec 09, 2014 - 9:01 PM

Efren Bata Reyes advances to next round while Manny Pacquiao loses early on his own 10 ball tournament

Efren "Bata" Reyes gets ready to break at the 2nd Manny Pacquiao International 10-ball Championship. Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Introducing billiards standout Raymund Faraon

Nov 29, 2014 - 2:02 AM

Camarines Sur native Raymund Faraon made his mark on the billiards world by winning the All Japan Championship Now his sights are on becoming the world number one

IN CUE. Raymund Faraon of Camarines Sur is the latest in a long line of Filipino billiards champions. Photo from Faraon's Facebook

Filipino billiards player Raymund Faraon wins All-Japan Championship

Nov 25, 2014 - 3:07 PM

Faraon defeated Japanese Oi Naoyuki 11 4 to win the championship in the men s division

CHAMPION. Filipino Raymund Faraon (left) made a name for himself by winning the 47th All-Japan Championship. Photo from the All-Japan Championship Facebook

Sports in 2013: Stories of resiliency

Dec 24, 2013 - 9:45 AM

Misfortunes struck comebacks were mounted and history was made in the last 365 days Look back on the biggest sports stories

SEAG: Amit adds one more gold for the Philippines

Dec 21, 2013 - 2:51 PM

Rubilen Amit is on a roll as she bags a gold for the Philippines in the 27th SEA Games

ONE MORE. Rubilen Amit adds one more emphatic victory to her name before ending the year as she secures a gold for the Philippines in the 27th SEA Games. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Amit storms back to make World 10 ball Finals

Nov 04, 2013 - 4:05 PM

Amit will face the winner of the other semifinals match between Britain s Kelly Fisher and China s Yu Han on Monday November 4

BACK IN FINALS. Cebuana Rubilen Amit pulls  a sensational comeback against Taipei's Tsai Pei Chen to make it to the finals of the Yalin Women's World 10 ball Championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Hohmann denies Gabica for world 9-ball crown

Sep 14, 2013 - 6:39 PM

Thorsten Hohmman downed Gaga Gabica for the World 9 Ball Championships title

FROM BEHIND. Hohmann trailed before coming back to beat Gabica. Photo by EPA.