Born in Tarlac, Philippines, Francisco Django Bustamante was only 12 years old when he picked up the game of billiards in his province of Tarlac, Tarlac. Regular players in the billiards hall near the public market would shoo him away. He took time out from selling banana cue (deep-fried, caramelized bananas) and boiled peanuts by squeezing in a few minutes of practice. 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, Quezon City. There, he matched skills with the likes of Jose Amang Parica, Efren Bata Reyes, Leonardo Andam, Rodolfo Luat, Ramil Gallego, Antonio Lining and Santos Sambajon Jr., some of the finest Filipino players who have dominated the world billiard scene for years.
Moreover, Django earned Billiards Digest’s and Inside Pool’s Player of the Year titles again in 2002, winning five major events in the United States and abroad, and finishing second at the World Pool Championship. He was the All-Around titlist at the 2008 Derby City Classic, too! And finally, Bustamante realized his dream of winning a world title this year via his scintillating performance at the WPA World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar!
Indeed, 2010 is one unforgettable year for our kababayan! Against the fiercest competition that the game has ever witnessed, Francisco Bustamante has become world champion and inducted in the BCA Hall of Fame – all in one year - 2010! Indeed, there is no denying the dreams of one of the true masters of the sport!
To my good friend, Django:
You are living proof of the adage that dreams do come true! Truly, you are a model, a hero, to all Filipinos! And I kid you not! We are very proud of you! Mabuhay!
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