Here is an article on Franciso Django Bustamante, written by my one of my kababayans, Val G. Abelgas. The article was first published in the online magazine, Philippine Post Magazine. It is one interesting read friends! And I kid you not!
Franciso Django Bustamante:
Kilabot of the Billiard Hall
Great billiard players have one thing in common. They played the game at a very early age and grew up in billiard halls. Jose “Amang” Parica, the first of the Filipino billiard greats, was only seven years old when he first played the sport, and he played every single day in the billiard halls his father owned in Sta. Cruz and Blumentritt in
Francisco “Django” Bustamante, Player of the Year and world’s No. 1 ranked player in 1998, is no exception. Bustamante first picked up the cue when he was 12 years old, and played every day in the billiard hall owned by his brother in Tarlac, Tarlac. Soon, he was playing so well he had to seek other billiard halls for tougher competition. In 1985, he went to Metro Manila and eventually found the plush billiard halls of the Puyat-owned Coronado Lanes at Rustan’s in Cubao,
Bustamante, Parica and Reyes have figured in the finals of scores of billiard tournaments in the
Last August 15, Bustamante and Parica met again in the finals of the First Western 9-Ball Open Championship at the Crystal Park Casino and Hotel in
Like Parica, Bustamante prepared for international competition in
By then, Bustamante was already based in
The next year, Bustamante won three tournaments. He beat Nick Varner in the finals in
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