Two time World 9-Ball Champion Ga Young Kim (Korea), World #1 Monica Webb (USA), 2008 Player of the Year Kelly Fisher (England), Japanese Champion Akimi Kajitani and World Games Gold Medalist Jasmin Ouschan (Austria) are just some of the all stars of female talent attending the event. Filipina talents Rubilen Amit (2007 World Championship runner -up) and Iris Ranola (1st Runner Up - US Open) will be the top two hot local favorites.
The powerhouses of Philippine pool include Aristeo Puyat of BSCP and Puyat Sports, Jonathan Sy of Negros Billiard Stable, Perry and Verna Mariano of Bugsy Promotions. They all enjoyed a casual celebration dinner of the inaugural Women's World 10-Ball Championship
"We are delighted to have Dragon Promotions join us in the Philippines and help cultivate the growth of our national sport." said Aristeo "Putch" Puyat, newly elected Chairman of the BSCP and Head of Puyat Sports. "We welcome the women from around the world and will treat them as our royal guests. Women's pool in the Philippines has been non-existent in terms of events, so The Women's World 10-Ball Championship also gives our female players a chance to play and shine in their country and to the world."
The historic event is considered to be the biggest women's sporting event of the year for the Philippines, and will have massive media attention including 25 hours of live coverage on ABS-CBN, the leading TV channel of the Philippines. A total of 48 women from around the globe will attend the event vying for $20,000 (Php1 million) 1st place prize out of the $75,000 (Php3.75 million) purse available. SM Mall North Edsa and JBETPOKER.net are some of the primary sponsors of the event.
"It has been a pleasure working with Cindy Lee and Charlie Williams these past several months. Bugsy Promotions has been very busy trying to manage so many players and help build billiards credibility here, and so an organization like Dragon Promotions really takes our efforts to another level. It is great to have such a strong partnership with two good companies on the same page with the right goals", says Cerefino "Perry" Mariano, VP of Bugsy Promotions and Co-Founder of the BMPAP.