Saturday, November 20, 2010

University of Sto. Tomas Wins in National Collegiate Billiards League!

National Collegiate Billiards League GraphicCongratulations to the Tigers Billiards Team of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) for posting a shutout victory over the Green Archers at the inaugural match of the National Collegiate Billiards League held at the Manila Ocean Park over the weekend, November 20, 2010! And oh! ‘Twas not just a victory – but a shutout! And I kid you not!

Jose Rizal University and St. Clare Colleges also scored wins against Fatima University and Don Bosco Technical College, respectively. They join the opening day winners in the historic tournament backed by none other than the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and GSM Blue.

Gerthee Estrella and Aaron Cedric Gonzales ably led UST to victory, making short work of Chester Kevin Labez, 7-1 in 9-ball, and Chester Kevin Labez, 7-3 in 10-ball, respectively. The Tigers’ dynamic pair in the persons of Conrad Cruz and Michael Hipolito also humbled La Salle’s Earl John Velasco and Lance Barlaan in the 8-ball doubles competition, 5-0. Incidentally, Aaron Cedric Gonzales is a proud member of bilyar.NET (BDN), the numero uno billiards forum in the Pool Capital of the World.

Alfiniano Tagle beat James Paul Verano, 7-4, while teammate Efraim Cruz pulled off a 7-6 steal over Kristopher Roxas in 8-ball as JRU emerged as the third team to score a shutout win.

Former senator Robert Jaworski led the opening rites. Jaworski highlighted the importance of billiards to the Filipinos, with emphasis on how we excel in such.

For those not in the know, the historic completion is supported by Accel, Star Billiards, Manila Ocean Park, The Philippine Star, Malungai Life Oil, Mediacom, Human Plus Probiotics, Niknok Pritson Manok, Brunswick, businessman Hermie Esguerra, Puyat Sports, Bugsy Promotions, Negros Billiards Stable, and Star Paper of BSCP president Mr. Sebastian Chua.

To Cedric and Team UST;
to all the winners and placers;
and to the sponsors and organizers;

This is a historic first! MABUHAY kayong lahat!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dennis Orcollo & Warren Kiamco Win at 16th Asian Games!

Dennis Orcollo GraphicToday, Filipino pool players Dennis Orcollo and Warren Kiamco handed the Philippines another gold and its first silver medal finish in the ongoing 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Dennis Orcollo of Bugsy Promotions scored the win, 9-7, after racking up the last two points in the All-Filipino finals, with Warren Kiamco of the Negros Billiards Stable and JSY Sports as 1st runner up in the Men's 9-ball pool singles competition.

Warren Kiamco GraphicAs of the moment, the Philippines has two gold, one silver, and four bronze medals - 11th place in the medal standings.

Notable wins of the two Pinoy pool players include: Orcollo’s win against Korea's Jeong Young Hwa and Kiamco’s victory over Chinese Taipei's Ko Pi Yin.

Truth be told, it was a sweet victory, not just for Orcollo and Kiamco, but for the entire Pool Capital of the World! Indeed, they did it again! And I kid you not! Four years ago at the Doha Asian Games, our gold and silver medalists were Antonio Gabica and Jeffrey de Luna, respectively.

To Dennis and Warren: Mabuhay kayo!
We are very proud of you!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito: Freddie Roach Angered by Video Mocking His Parkinson's Disease!

Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, was angered by a video mocking his Parkinson's Disease. For those of you who have been living under a rock, like Antonio Margarito, the ex-champion made fun of the four-time Trainer of the Year, who has Parkinson’s disease resulting from his boxing past.

I initially predicted that Manny Pacquiao, aka The Pacman, will knock out Margarito in Round 5. But after seeing the video, I want none of that. Nope! No more! I hope Manny Pacquiao takes the callous douchebag through the entire match – and give me a boxing lesson he will never forget! A very painful boxing lesson!

Hey, Freddie! Believe you me, you are more man than Margarito! And I kid you not!

I guess all will be better explained via the video. Thus, without further ado, here is the YouTube video in its entirety. Also included is the complete post authored by boxing editor Lem Satterfield.

It goes without saying that full credits for the video and article go to Fanhouse and Lem Satterfield. Many thanks!

Freddie Roach had trouble sleeping on Tuesday night, the day before Wednesday's press conference for his fighter Manny Pacquiao's megafight with ex-champion Antonio Margarito.

"I got a lot of calls, and there were a lot of people that said that there was a video out there making fun of me," said the 50-year-old Roach, who has Parkinson's disease resulting from his pugilistic past. "Well, I don't have a computer with me, so my assistant brought it over to me."

What kept Roach awake was what he saw on the video, and it angered him to the point where the former boxer wanted to put his gloves back on -- not for sparring -- but for revenge.

In the video above at the 2:05 mark, Margarito moans, "Oh, Freddie Roach," extends his arms out slightly in front of him, appears to briefly shake his hands and then tilt his head slightly to the left.

The camera then pans onto Margarito's lightweight training stablemate, Brandon Rios, who also tilts his head slightly, appears to be acting as if he is having difficulty speaking and contorts his face.

"Hey," says Margarito's trainer, Robert Garcia, "that's Freddie Roach right there," as he points at Rios.

Surrounded by reporters prior to Wednesday's press conference at Cowboys Stadium, Roach, his tremors in full view despite the fact that he had "doubled-up on my medication," spoke frankly and intensely about what he saw.

"I had trouble sleeping last night. I wanted to fight these guys. I know I'm too old and I can't beat them up," said the four-time Trainer of The Year, adding later in the conversation, "I hate these guys."

"If they made fun of me, it shows what kind of guys that they are. But I'm not going to bring it up because I don't want to bother Manny with it," said Roach. "So, you know, I don't want Manny to get mad or anything like that or to fight stupid. I can't do anything about what they did, but if they made fun of me, then, you know what? It's OK. They'll pay for it. I'm not worried."

Garcia addressed the video in the first minute of his turn at the podium.

"Two of my fighters were joking around, making fun of Freddie Roach. We already talked about it. This was nothing to do with the disease that Freddie Roach has. We know that it's something that we don't wish on anybody," said Garcia.

"I would never allow that type of behavior in my gym. We just wanted everyone to know that this is something personal between Team Pacquiao and Team Margarito," said Garcia. "I just want to make that clear."

Garcia said that when he informed Rios of the controversy, that the fighter could not believe it.

"When I told Brandon Rios this morning that it was up, and that everyone was thinking that we were making fun of people with that disease, he was surprised. Brandon was like, 'What disease? I don't know what disease you guys are talking about,'" said Garcia.

"And I said, 'You know the disease that Freddie Roach has,'" said Garcia. "He didn't know Freddie Roach had a disease. He thought that it was from those 13 losses that Freddie Roach had as a boxer. It has nothing to do with his disease, I just want to make that clear."

Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum also was incensed after having watched the video, to the point of demanding that Garcia make a public apology.

"I didn't see the video until it was pointed out to me. It was sent as an e-mail, and we put it on and we watched it in the room, my wife and myself. And I immediately confronted Garcia, Rios and Margarito about it," said Arum.

"They apologized to me, personally and profusely," said Arum. "And they said that they would apologize to Freddie Roach at the press conference today, and Rios will apologize [at the undercard press conference] on Thursday."

Asked if there was any mistaking that Garcia, Rios and Margarito were making fun of Roach, Arum said, "Of course they were making fun of him."

"You may say that [Garcia] didn't make an apology, but I can't disagree. I couldn't even hear what he said, but it is what it is," said Arum. "I'm not a commissioner of football that can fine the f****ing guy. Maybe it wasn't an apology, but I can't fine him."

Through a translator, Margarito dismissed the video as "a misunderstanding."

"I was not making fun of Freddie. It was just that when I was shaking my hands, I was just saying, 'Man, I'm really scared,'" said Margarito.

"I think that people misunderstood that. That's what happened," said Margarito. "It was a misunderstanding. I have nothing against anybody. I have nothing against Freddie Roach. I respect him as a great trainer."

Rios said told Ring's Michael Rosenthal that he initially felt that his act was all in the spirit of gamesmanship.

"Freddie Roach is always playing mind games. We were just trying to play mind games with him. That's all," said Rios.

"It had nothing to do with Parkinson's disease. I have people in my family who are handicapped," said Rios. "I wouldn't want to hurt anyone like that. I know it looks bad. And I'm sorry. I made a mistake."

Sitting next to Roach on the stage after the formal press conference had ended, Pacquiao told reporters he had not seen the video, but that he was troubled by the fact that it existed.

"That's good for them [that Garcia] apologized to Freddie. For me, it's not good, you know?" said Pacquiao. "We have to respect people. I'm the kind of person who don't like to make personal attacks on anybody."

Roach said prior to the press conference that he expected an apology from Garcia, whom he held "100 percent responsible," and that he would say, "thanks."

But Roach said that he would never forget what Garcia, Margarito and Rios did, nor would he believe that they were not aware that he had Parkinson's disease.

"Do I believe that they didn't know that I had Parkinson's? Please. That's an excuse. It wasn't really an apology, it was just a cover-up. Robert Garcia is not a classy guy. He's not a good guy. He's a fake, and that's all that I have to say. Brandon Rios is a good young fighter, and I like him for that, and so forth, but as a person, he's an a**.

"Beyond that, what they did really does not deserve a response. It just goes to show what kinds of guys that they are. The thing is, Margarito and Brandon Rios are not very good defensive fighters. They take a lot of punches. I just hope that this never happens to them. I hope that they don't live my life."

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Makati Pool Players Association 15-Ball Tournament!

Rotation Graphic

Billiards buddies and pool players, it’s rotation time come November 26-27 and December 3, 2010 at the Makati Pool Players Association's (MAPPA) 2010 15-Ball Tournament!

Led by its able president, Jesse Gonzales Cambosa, MAPPA’s 15-Ball tournament is the club’s year-ender competition. Like the year’s past competitions, the event promises to be red-hot with prizes and surprises awaiting the winners and all participants! And I kid you not!

As usual, food galore and overflowing drinks will be the order of the day on opening day and the finals! And yes, some of the country's top pool players will also be there, too, to lend support for everyone! But wait, there's more! Live TV coverage is in the offing!

Fun! Excitement! And more! Come one! Come all! Experience 15-ball competition in the Pool Capital of the World! You’ll be glad you did!

For registration and more info, please call/text:

Ato de Vera – 09177629054 / Arvin Arceo – 09279816673
Mel Austria - 09285050299 / Jesse Gonzales – 09175270489

Mabuhay ang MAPPA!

Mabuhay ang bilyar! Mabuhay ang manlalarong bilyarista!


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Friday, November 5, 2010

Dennis Orcollo Wins San Miguel Beer Oktoberfest 9-Ball Open!

Dennis Orcollo GraphicCongratulations to Dennis Orcollo, aka Robocop, for winning against Rodolfo Luat, aka Boy Samson, in the finals of the 2010 San Miguel Beer Oktoberfest 9-Ball Open at the SM Skydome, SM City North Edsa, Quezon City!

The 31-year-old pool player from Bugsy Promotions, grabbed the momentum when Puyat Sports' Luat scratched after sinking the 4-ball in the 9th rack of the championship. Orcollo then took the next two racks to post a 7-4 cushion.

A missed try by the Robocop on a 3-9 combination allowed Boy Samson to close in at 7-5. However, the favorite son of Bislig, Surigao, swept the last four racks en route to the 2010 San Miguel Beer Oktoberfest 9-Ball Open championship win worth a cool Php500,000. Luat settled for the Php200,000 runner-up prize.

Both Orcollo and Luat are scheduled to compete in Guangzhou, China for the 16th Asian Games. And I kid you not!

Dennis Orcollo was the first to advance to the finals round of the 32-man competition after beating Antonio Lining, 10-7, in the day’s first semi-finals match. Rodolfo Luat scored wins against Francisco Bustamante in the quarterfinals (9-6) and Ronnie Alcano in the semis.

Congratulations Dennis Orcollo and Rodolfo Luat!

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