2 Pinoys in billiards’ Top 10 moneymakers (December 29, 2016)
EMIL C. NOGUERA [ Source: Manila Times ]

Billiards

Former world champions Alex Pagulayan and Dennis Orcollo are the only Filipino cue masters included in the Top 10 of the moneymaker world rankings released by the Az Billiards at the end of the 2016 season.

Pagulayan is ranked third with $112,233 total earnings while Orcollo occupied the No. 5 spot with $87,948 winnings this season.

The 38-year-old Pagulayan got $20,000 when he ruled the Derby City Classic 2016 Master of the Table held in January in Indiana, US the pocketed $12,000 for topping the Derby City Classic 2016 One-Pocket Division.

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PHL to join world 9-ball tournament in China (December 02, 2016)
Philippine News Agency [ Source: NorthBoundAsia ]

Billiards

MANILA — Three women, led by many-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Rubilen Amit, are scheduled to compete in the Women’s World 9-ball Championship in Chengdu, China next week.

Joining the trip are fellow national athletes Irish Ranola and Chezka Centeno, both hoping to gain more experience in the tournament which is expected to draw the cream-of-the-crop in the sport.

Amit and Centeno will be leaving early as they will compete in the CBSA 9-ball tournament in Jiaxing from Dec. 7-9.

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 (From left) Chang Yuan of Taiwan (semi-finalist), Ko Pin-yi of Taiwan (Champion), Jeffrey de Luna of the Philippines (second Place), Thorsten Hohmann of Germany (semi-finalist)

MANILA -- Filipino cue artist Jeffrey de Luna lost to Taiwanese Ko Pin-yi, 3-11, in the finals of the 49th annual All Japan 9-Ball Championship 2016 Wednesday night at the Archaic Hall in Amagasaki-city, Hyogo, Japan.

De Luna, who settled for the runner-up trophy, marched to the finals after beating Chang Yuan of Taiwan, 11-7, in the semifinals. Ko, meanwhile, advanced by edging Thorsten Hohmann of Germany, 11-8.

"Masayang-masaya po ako nakapasok ako sa finals kasi walang tumimbang na Pinoy sa world event sa taong ito," said De Luna.

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Billiards

MANILA, Philippines – Taiwanese Cheng Yuhsuan showed the last Filipino standing, Jeffrey Ignacio, the door, hacking out an 11-10 squeaker in their quarterfinal duel in the China Open 9-Ball tourney Saturday night in Shanghai.

Yuhsuan, the top-ranked player in the world, beat Ignacio in a hill-hill encounter a few hours after giving Carlo Biado the boot in the Last-16 via the same scoreline.

Ignacio became the lone Pinoy in the hunt after the defeats of Biado and Jeffrey de Luna in the Round-of-16.  While Ignacio disposed of Japanese Naoyuki Oi, 11-9, Biado suffered the numbing loss to Yuhsuan and de Luna absorbed a 3-11 shellacking from Ko Pin Yi.

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Billiards

MANILA, Philippines - World No. 4 Carlo Biado led the charge as three Filipinos marched into the Last-16 of the China Open 9-Ball yesterday at Pudong Tangzhen Culture and Sports Center in Shanghai, China.

Biado turned back Chinese Chu Bingjie, 11-7, to stay in contention in the $373,600 World Pool-Billiard Association tournament.

Jeffrey Ignacio and Jeff de Luna joined Biado in the Round-of-16 after dismantling their respective rivals, Taiwanese Yang Chingsun and Spaniard David Alcaide, via identical 11-8 winning margins.

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Pagulayan falls in semis (August 06, 2016)
Jonas Terrado [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Billiards

Alex Pagulayan was denied of an opportunity to reclaim his status as one of the pool’s best after losing 11-4 to eventual champion Albin Ouschan of Austria in the semifinals of the World 9-Ball Championship last Thursday at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.

Pagulayan, now representing Canada in international tournament, couldn’t get out of an early slump that allowed Ouschan to seize control and set the tone for his eventual victory in the annual world pool competition.

Ouschan emerged as the champion of the tournament after defeating American Shane Van Boening, 13-6, in the final held on the same day.

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Pagulayan reaches semis (August 05, 2016)
Jonas Terrado [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Billiards

Former champion Alex Pagulayan, who is representing the red and white colors of Canada, advanced to the semis of the World 9-Ball Championship last Wednesday at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.

Pagulayan moved closer towards capturing his second world championship after beating Indonesia’s Muhammad Bewi, 11-7, in the Round of 16 followed by a hard-fought 11-10 victory over Taiwan’s Ko Ping Chung.

Two more wins and Pagulayan would earn his first title since the 2004 edition, while completing his return as one of the sport’s best after once trying his luck playing poker.

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