Friday, May 29, 2009

Kim Jones at Women's World 10-Ball Championship!

Kim Jones GraphicWomen’s World 10 Ball Championship Update:

Kim Jones is practicing hard and packing her bags for a trip to Asia to make history. On June 2, 2009, she will become the first black woman and African American female to compete in billiards for a world title! And I kid you not!

Kim Jones is just one of seven USA women qualified to enter in the prestigious Women's World 10-Ball Championship. The event is sponsored by and is produced by Dragon Promotions. It will be broadcast to more countries and viewers than any other women's event in the history of billiards.

ABS-CBN and ESPN Star Sports will combine 20 hours of live coverage and 20 hours of taped matches. The event takes place in Manila, Philippines at the SM Mall North Edsa on June 2-6, 2009. Forty-eight top women pros from around the world will vie for gold to become the Women's World 10-Ball Champion. The historic event is supported by, ABS-CBN, SM Mall North Edsa, Magic 89.9, Predator Cues, Min Billiard Cloth, Puyat Sports, Philippines Star, Bugsy Promotions and recognized by the BMPAP and BSCP.

Kim Jones has only been competing part-time on the women's pro tour for 5 years. She balanced playing professional pool with working full-time for IBM as a project manager. Recently she was laid off from her job due to the economic crisis in the US, and has since re-dedicated herself to billiards. She was ranked in the top 50 in the world according to the 2008 WPBA rankings.

"I've seen what I can do with just partial time invested into my game. I can only imagine if I can put all of myself dedicated to billiards!",said a confident Jones.

Jones is excited at the prospect of being the first black woman playing in the World Championship. But is it an extra burden or pressure?

“Oh no. I am truly excited. Ever since being on tour, fans, of all color, have always come to me with words of support. I'm really happy to be making history, and I think it's quite an honor. I really hope I can encourage other black players worldwide to try to compete more.” explained Jones on her significant role and invitation.

Kim Jones has a Business Management degree from Howard University and worked 10 years for IBM. In between she managed time to have a top 17th place finish at an ESPN event and finished 2nd in rankings as the USA top semi-pro player.

"My goal is to be a top player. Of course I need finances, too. My dream is to be able to compete but also work on the business side of the billiards industry. Let me know if anyone is interested!" laughs Jones.

Jones has a website with her bio to help attract sponsors and even just normal people who want to contribute and donate to her cause. Visit

The historic event is considered to be the biggest women's sporting event of the year for the Philippines, and one of the biggest in Asia as it draws massive media attention with 40 hours of match coverage going to over 40 countries with 20 hours live on ESPN and equally in its local partner ABS-CBN, the leading TV channel of the Philippines. Forty eight women from around the globe will attend the event vying for $20,000 1st place prize out of the $75,000 (3.75M) purse available. SM Mall North Edsa, Magic 89.9, Philippines Star, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Predator Cues, and are some of the primary sponsors of the event.

"It's 10-ball magic with The AnitoKid!"

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Manny Pacquiao Plays Billiards at MAPPA! Pictures Galore on Pacman!

Manny Pacquiao GraphicManny Pacquiao took time out from his busy schedule and all to grace the Makati Pool Players Association’s Manny Pacquiao 10-Ball Cup at the AMF-Puyat Superbowl in Makati City!

Everyone was in awe as the Pacman entered the pool hall. Together with his entourage - a convoy of 10 vehicles! – the National First was eagerly greeted by all! Competition for the night stopped as the IBO Light Welterweight Champion, former WBC lightweight world champion, WBC super featherweight world champion, IBF super bantamweight world champion, and WBC flyweight world champion, and Ring Magazine’s title holder for its featherweight, super featherweight, and light welterweight divisions played on the green felt – Table 19 of the AMF-Puyat Superbowl!

Truth be told, ‘twas a difficult shoot! I tried to accommodate every one’s wish of having their picture taken with the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet today – Manny Pacquiao. ‘Twas also a complicated task because everyone was everywhere where Manny went! And who wouldn't be,right?

To Manny, Jesse Cambosa (MAPPA President), Jason Calubaquib (the best photo buddy anyone could ever have), and my friends into boxing and billiards, I hope you like the pics. These and more – they are all for you, mga kaibigan ko! And I kid you not!

"Put it up! The AnitoKid."

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Fort Worth Movers & Houston Movers: Move It With Easy Moving Company!

Easy Moving Company GraphicBilliards buddies and pool players looking for Fort Worth movers or Houston movers, do try Easy Moving Company (EMC)! The Texas-based EMC offers discount rates and excellent service. It is duly registered with the Texas Department of Transportation and follows guidelines set forth to move each and every customer in a safe, friendly, and effective manner.

Each move by EMC consists of a minimum of two experienced movers, free shrink wrapping, minimum 20 foot or larger trucks, pads, dollies, straps, and tools necessary to complete the move. Lest I forget, EMC offers flat rates without time restrictions or hourly rates from $59.00 per hour for those who want to monitor their own budget.

Easy Moving Company – it is your one-stop moving company! And I kid you not!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Manny Pacquiao 10-Ball Cup:It's Manny Pacquiao on Pool!

Manny Pacquiao 10-Ball Cup GraphicIt's the 2009 Manny Pacquiao 10-Ball Cup!

Bulung-bulungan! Haka-hakaan! Usap-usapanan! Totoo ba o hindi? Eton na, mga kaibigan! To all billiards aficionados and fans of the cue sport, it’s now a reality! It’s finally here! It’s the Manny Pacquiao 10-Ball Cup! WOOOO!

What: Manny Pacquiao 10-Ball Cup

When: May 22-23, 29-30, 2009;
Finals - June 1, 2009

Where: AMF-Puyat Superbowl, Makati Cinema Square
Eliminations, Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals, and Grand Buffet

Hard Rock CafĂ©, Makati – Finals and Uber-Grand Buffet
June 1, 2009

Fees: Entry Fee: Php700
Membership Fee: Php300

The Makati Pool Players Association (MAPPA), led by its able president and my good friend, Jesse (Gonzales) Cambosa, is proud to present the 2009 Manny Pacquiao 10-Ball Cup! Fresh from his stunning victory over Ricky Hatton, the Pambansang Kamao, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is sponsoring MAPPA’s first 10-ball competition for 2009!

Yes, you’ve read right, everyone! Come May 22, 2009, Jesse Cambosa, MAPPA’s 2009 set of officers, Mr. Nelson Salvanera, and The AnitoKid will once again transform the AMF-Puyat Superbowl at the Makati Cinema Square in Makati City into a world-class stage featuring non-stop pool action, titillating entertainment, overflowing food and drinks, and the main man himself, the National Fist - Pacman – MANNY PACQUAIO!

The ultimo pound-for-pound boxer on the planet today has made himself free from his busy sched and all to sponsor and take part in this historic event! For those not in the know, Manny Pacquiao, one of Time Magazine’s most influential people for 2009 in its Heroes & Icons Category, is an avid pool player! Yes, he is! He can definitely run out the rack and is rated as a Class B pool player at MAPPA! And word is out that Manny, the first Filipino boxer and Asian to win five world championship titles in five different weight classes can’t wait for the debut of the 10-Ball Cup! WOOOO! Rakrakan na to!

Indeed, these are exciting times for Philippine billiards, friends! Just like MAPPA’s 1st 9-Ball Summit, MAPPA’s Manny Pacquiao 10-Ball Cup will be simultaneously aired on television (delayed telecast) and aggregated on the Internet computer network! Radio and newspapers will also be covering the event - LIVE! It just can’t get any better than this! Coolness!

Do you have it in you? Do you have what it takes for a face off against Manny Pacquiao - the IBO Light Welterweight Champion, former WBC lightweight world champion, WBC super featherweight world champion, IBF super bantamweight world champion, and WBC flyweight world champion, and Ring Magazine’s title holder for its featherweight, super featherweight, and light welterweight divisions on the green felt?

Indeed, it’s put up or shut up with the first boxer to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes! Be the man! Be with the main man – Manny Pacquiao!

It’s going to be another historic first from Jesse (Gonzales) Cambosa and The AnitoKid come May 22, everyone! And I kid you not!

"Put it up! The AnitoKid."

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MAPPA 1st 9-Ball Summit on NBN 4 TV!

Makati Pool Players Association 9-Ball Summit GraphicBilliards buddies and pool players, it’s on! Highlights of the Makati Pool Players Association’s (MAPPA) 1st 9-Ball Summit will be aired over NBN 4 this coming Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:00 noon!

‘Twas a 3-day historic event for Philippine sports entertainment! MAPPA President Jesse (Gonzales) Cambosa spared no expense in transforming the AMF-Puyat Superbowl into a world-class stage! Congratulations Jesse! You the man, bro!

For those not in the know, the MAPPA 1st 9-Ball Summit was the first amateur billiards club competition to be simultaneously aired on television and aggregated on the Internet computer network! It’s not just tri-media anymore! It’s quad media! Radio! Print! Television! The Internet! We have the bases covered! And I kid you not! WOOOOOOOO!

To my good friend, Jesse (Gonzales) Cambosa and MAPPA’s set of officers for 2009 – congratulations! ‘Twas a job well done! We made it history! We did it first! And we did in style! ‘Twas all class! Mabuhay!

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A Moving Company You Can Trust: Humboldt Storage & Moving!

Humboldt Storage & Moving GraphicDanilo Clemente, a billiards buddy, is looking for a moving company. My pool player friend is relocating soon and wants his belongings to be safe during transit. I quickly activated my ever-reliable online search tools to help my pal find a moving company. My search results highlighted a number of sites, including that of Humboldt Storage and Moving.

A quick glance at Humboldt Storage and Moving reveals a lot of interesting facts about it. Humboldt Storage and Moving was founded over a hundred years ago by Harris Goldman. It is currently under the able leadership of the third Goldman generation, Howard and D’Arcy Goldman, and has become a nationally recognized, award-winning moving firm that ranks in the top 5% of United Van Lines agents!

Humboldt Storage and Moving has successfully forged ties with some of the nation’s biggest firms, and have assisted them with everything associated with relocation and transfer, e.g., employee relocation and art moving – all of these and more with excellent service and commitment!

For those who do not want endure the stress related to relocating, worry no more! You can one your own piece of mind with a moving company you can trust - Humboldt Storage and Moving! Countless families gave been the opportunity to relax during the relocation process by contacting Humboldt Storage and Moving. After all, moving and relocating is not just about handling furniture and stuff – it is about having a smooth transition! And I kid you not!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bandido Cup: A Reflection

Bandido Cup Graphic‘Twas about 9:30 AM when I arrived at the AMF-Puyat Superbowl at the Makati Cinema Square in Makati City. I noticed that the balloons promised to us for the Bandido Cup event were not yet in placed, thus I went to GM Carmen Magtibay to inquire about it. Carmen had a surprised look on her face – she did not forget the snacks nor discounts for table time. The balloons slipped her mind. She quickly called two of her staff to accommodate my concerns.

After thanking Carmen I pulled myself beside her staff to help out. One of the security guards came to us and said, “Sir, we can do this in time for the tournament. I will help out.” I smiled. I explained to them that this tour is a different one from the ones I used to do 2-3 years ago – that it was a fund raising event, and that I have nothing to give them for helping out. What they said to me touched my heart – “It’s okay, sir. Alam namin po, nabalitaan namin. Kayo pa. Kami na po.” I smiled. Di lang ang panahon ang nakikisama, kabayan.

Bandido Cup ImageMy phone rang. ‘Twas one of my best friends, Jason Calubaquib, sponsor for the Bandido Cup 2009 trophy. We worked out our sched for the day. He arrived a few minutes later. I jumped into his car, and we proceeded to pick up the Championship Trophy in Manila. Little did I know that my good friend had a very nice surprise for me that day. Instead of a single Championship Trophy, Jason had gotten me a set – a complete set of three – one for the champion, and another two for the 1st and 2nd runners-up! I initially tried to decline the surprise – thinking about the cost of such as set. He wouldn’t let me. And with a heart like a kid at Toy Kingdom, I selected the trophy model that I wanted – one that was simple yet beautiful – just like the theme that I wanted for the tour befitting the man who we owe so much.

After having a quick lunch at Ramon Lee’s, we headed off to Jason’s house to pick up the amplifier, mic, mic stand, and other things we needed for the event. At 1:30 PM, Danny Hapon sent me an SMS stating, "Champ. Nandito na ako. Walang tao!" (Champ, I'm already here. There's no one here!" With hope, I texted back saying that it’s ok. That the tour will start on 2 PM. That the participants may have been stuck in traffic. That all will be well.

Truth be told, I was saddened by the text message. I said to myself, “There goes my wish to double the amount that I initially set to achieve from the event!” The butterflies in my stomach that morning were justified, I thought. But I was happy at the same time. Contented. Because I have in my pool cue case the check for Php10,000 – my initial amount objective – and I got it a day after announcing the plans for Bandido Cup!

‘Twas like 10 minutes to 2 PM when we arrived at Jason’s house. We quickly gathered the stuff that we needed and proceeded to head back to AMF-Puyat Superbowl. We got stuck in traffic.

Bandido Cup GraphicI received another text message from Danny Hapon, “Champ, ang daming tao! Puno ang MCS!” (Champ, the pool hall is full of people!) I was like surprised! After this text message, my cell phone rang like crazy from both phone calls and text messages – some of the participants were stuck in traffic and wanted to know if they would still be able to join, while others sent in their apologies for not being able to participate. I readily said yes to those coming in late - all of them! I will accommodate everyone – at least try so.

I also remember one text, “Bro, sorry. I cannot make it. I’m in Clark.” I guess one of my good friends was participating in a car race that day. I texted back, “It’s ok, bro. I understand.”

We arrived at MCS at 2:12 PM. Unloaded our stuff via the elevator entrance. Arvin Arceo and Japoy helped us with our things – we were carrying so many stuff!! Cameras, amplifier, mic, mic stand, papers, our respective 2x4 cases, etc.

Bandido Cup ImageWords couldn’t possibly describe the feelings I had when I exited the elevator and saw the AMF-Puyat Superbowl billiards hall! ‘Twas filled to the hilt! All of the 20 pool tables were occupied! My brothers and sisters in billiards greeted me as we made my way towards the Committee Table. Jason said, “Champ, ang dami nila! Napuno mo ulit ang MCS!” I replied, “No p're. This isn’t about me. Kayo! Napuno ninyo – kayong lahat - ang MCS! Para kay Edwin!”

I shook hands with them – my friends. I tried my best to shake the hands of every one and greet all of them! But, it was like impossible! I was in awe! They came! They all came! Maraming nagmamahal kay Edwin! (So many people love Edwin!)

Then another surprise! My friend who was supposed to be in Clark to race that day was there! ‘Twas Buboy Rabe aka Boy Pulbos (BP)! “Thanks, bro.” was all I could say to him. BP was at the Committee Table – made up of BP, Jojo Dimacali (Shark), Vic Trinidad (Pacman), and Chris dela Cruz (Supremo). I was touched with what I saw - Vic, Jojo, and Boy already started with the registration and collection of entry fees – just Php300/person. ‘Twas about 2:30 PM when Chris arrived. He had with him our tournament charts. And without a moment of pause after arriving, Chris quickly got himself busy and started with the groupings. I just have to say this again – Many thanks, mga kaibigan ko! You guys are one of the reasons for the success of the Bandido Cup! Without you, the tour wouldn’t have gone on smoothly like it did!

Then I heard someone call me. “Champ! Champ!” ‘Twas Arvin Arceo aka Efren Bustamante. He had with him one of his drivers carrying two boxes, i.e., a beautiful videoke machine and a microphone! “Champ, para sa raffle!” Arvin said with a smile. ‘Twas another surprise for the day because I never asked my good friend anything for the event. Salamat ng marami, kaibigan!

Bandido Cup GraphicMembers of the Committee then asked for my opinion if we should close the registration. I read the list – a little over 30 pool players signed up and paid their entry fees. I looked at my watch, 2:50 PM. I requested that they hold it a little bit longer – 3:15 PM – the time that Les Lacson (The General) estimated he will be arriving at MCS – all the way from Antipolo. You see, ‘twas The General’s birthday that day. He was supposed to be with his family and all - nowhere near a pool hall. Para kay Edwin, ika nga! Happy birthday Les! Thanks, man!

And it was a good decision – holding it off a bit longer. Because at 3:15 PM, a total of 52 players (myself included) signed up for the Bandido Cup 2009! If one plays by the numbers, 30+++ is a far cry different from 52!

Bandido Cup ImageAt about 3:25 PM, I got on the microphone. I again felt butterflies in my stomach. You see, it’s been a while since I did this. The stuttering will come - I know. The shyness – it will. A sudden case of mental block - definitely. And more. I let go off the mic and approached one of my friends, asked him if he could emcee the event. He couldn’t. Nahihiya sya. I pulled myself back to the mic.

I politely requested everyone to finish their game. That the tour will start in 5 minutes. Surprisingly, everyone did! And in less than the time allotted! I briefly welcomed each and everyone.

I then called upon one of my good friends, and one of my mentors in the business world, Jesse (Gonzales) Cambosa, to give a few words. It was Jesse to whom I initially confided about the tour when it was decided that the event will take place at MCS. And about MAPPA joining the event.

Like always, he readily said yes to what I wanted to accomplish. What we all wanted to do. He gave me his word that I have and will have his full support. That we will always have him. That he will always support the Bandido Cup! Many thanks, bro! You have always been good to me. Asking nothing from me, but always giving me everything. Anything. You always introduce me to your business contacts, family, and friends, like I’m somebody - somebody like you - when in fact, I feel I am not. But, you wouldn’t have none of it! Believing that I am such! I love you, bro! You will always be my brother.

Bandido Cup GraphicI then called on the presence of Martin Misa, aka Sputnik. From Martin:

I spoke about Edwin's artistry in cue-making, his crafted cues that sold as much as $10,000 and being exhibited in cue collector shows in America. Edwin was regarded among the top cue makers in the world. He studied Engineering in D
e La Salle University and followed it up with a course in Fine Arts at UST. He then took an x-ray technician course in Pampanga and flew to the US to apply his new endeavor. He worked double jobs as a Paramedic (he told me last August how bad he felt that he had helped save so many lives but he couldn't revive his father from a massive cardiac arrest). But even in the medical field, he could not keep his mind off pool. That was when he studied how to make cues and used the x-ray machine to examine how different cues were made and then went into apprenticeship and as he started his career.

Edwin came back in the late 90's and brought with him everything that he learned in cue-making in the US, much of which were his own innovations. He was an inventor of sorts as he even made his own CNC machine with scrap material. Edwin changed the quality of Philippine cues and transferred the technology to other local cue-makers. His bread and butter was his Japan market, where his cues are very much in demand to this date.

But Edwin had his diversions in his cue artistry. Early in the 2000's, Edwin had the passion to help the local budding pool players. In 2002, he spearheaded a noble effort to get our lady players in the international scene with the organization of Quinta Sports. In 2003, he organized the association of freight forwarders to sponsor Dennis and Ronnie to go to Cardiff. Then for two years until he was slain, he gave his full focus in helping
the pool players. Unfortunately, he had to take sides in an effort to continue his dedication.

Edwin ended his partisan crusade with his life. It was an eye-opener at the expense of a good friend's life that made me cut ties with all partisan po
ol politics while I am still alive. It was not worth Edwin's life at all because he had no monetary stakes in his convictions. My conclusion is that if you are not seeking profits in pool, it is useless to lay your principles in the way of where money seeks multiplication.

But life goes on, and the commemoration of Edwin's life yesterday was stripped to bare camaraderie - without partisan politics - which was the biggest part of his involvement in pool - the love for the game. Sobrang takaw ni Edwin sa laro! Edwin always felt at home in friendly tournaments, and he is definitely at home here now!

Bandido Cup Graphic‘Twas then my turn:

With a joyful heart, I welcome each and every one
of you, friends, to the 1st Bandido Cup! It’s nice to see everyone here on so short notice. This tour is not about why Edwin was killed. Nor who killed him. It is about remembering a man. A husband. A father. A brother. A friend. Most importantly, this is about helping out with the education needs of Bandido’s children, who are just 4, 6 and 8 years old.

Truly, I am like speechless right now, mga kaibigan! A total of 52 players from five of the most popular and strongest billiards clubs in the metro re
gistered! Clubs that I belong to! Billiards clubs that I am proud to be associated with!

We have the Rackistas (Rack ‘Em Up) – led by my good friend Alvin Cahinhinan! We have bilyar.NET represented by my brother Buboy Rabe and good buddy Jojo Dimacali! We have our brothers from Easy Pool Tutor Philippines represented by Jogo and Cris Supremo! We also have the YOung & and Young Ones Billiards Club (YoYo) – my home club in Pasay City - led by my very good friend Vic Pacman! And we have the Makati Pool Players Associati
on (MAPPA) – my home club since 2004 – ably led my none other than my brother Jesse (Gonzales) Cambosa!

Five billiards clubs! And I kid you not when I say to you now that these are the strongest and most popular in the metro! It pleases me to see you all here! All of us here registered to play for the Bandido Cup! Each and every one of us playing not for our respective colors but for one common goal – to help raise funds for the children of our fallen Edwin! Camaraderie! Kapatiran! Yan ang gusto ko! Yan ang ginusto ni Edwin! At yan ang ginugusto at gugustuhin natin! Kapatiran! Yan ang dapat!

Friends, it is also with a happy heart to let you know that our friends from AZBilliards, through the efforts of John Barton of JB Cases, have collected more than Php24,000! John has coordinated with BlowFish and Linds for receipt to Edwin’s widow. Maraming salamat, John, BlowFish & Linds! Many thanks to my family at AZBilliards!

Truth be told, we make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give. Kabayang Edwin, ang lahat ng ito ay para sa iyong ala-ala. Lalong-lalo na, para ito sa mga anak mo. Maraming salamat sa pagiging ilaw sa aming lahat!

Mga kaibigan ko, maraming, maraming, maraming, maraming salamat po! Mabuhay ang bilyar! Mabuhay ang manlalarong bilyarista! Kapatiran!

Another good friend, Arvin Arceo, aka Efren Bustamante, then declared the Bandido Cup open! “Rakrakan na!” ika nga ni Arvin. Everyone shouted the same! And the Bandido Cup was on its way!

Bandido Cup ImageMartin, you're right. ‘Twas was a beautiful evening with camaraderie, food, gift raffles, and fun pool. That what was better is that many of them ended their night by saying "see you next year"! The spirit shall live on.

As I was auditing the proceeds of the event, Arvin Arceo
, William, and Jesse Cambosa came up to me – individually. Arvin & Jesse have already made their donations (Arvin – raffle prize; Jesse – via MAPPA) but both decided to contribute more.

From Arvin, “Champ, paki dagdag mo. Para sa mga bata.”

From Jesse, “Ang da
ming tao, Champ! Natutuwa ako sa nakikita ko. Bro, please paki-add ito sa fund for the kids.”

And from
another friend, who I know is currently a bit down with regards to finances, approached me and handed me Php200. I tried to decline because he already donated during the fund drive at MAPPA at alam kong medyo kapos sya. That their family’s breadwinner in the United States has just came home from the hospital. That money is a bit tight. But he insisted and wanted to do it anonymously. I just looked at him silently. Intently. I whispered, “Salamat, kapatid ko.”

Bandido Cup GraphicAnd Martin, I have to agree, the older guys were there in spirit and did not have winning the tournament in their hearts. They were there to show support and show the young ones what billiards is all about – KAPATIRAN!

The top four finishers
were all kids 16 years old (El Silverio), 14 years old (Cedric 0811) 11 years old (PredatorBlak1), and kid-at-heart (Charly Lopez)! Daddy Charly, you know how much I love you. Many thanks for the support. Many thanks for the eat outs! Many thanks for the kindness through the years. You inspire me. I love you so much, Dad.

My loving friends from the Philippine Team, i.e., Rubil
en Amit, Iris Ranola, & Mary Ann Basas, presented the 2nd Runner Up award (trophy & Php 250 cash prize) to PredatorBlak1 (Gillian) and 3rd Runner Up (Php 250 cash prize) to Charly Lopez.

@Rubilen: Many thanks for the beautiful bracelet you gave me that night! I like it very much! I will always treasure it! Maraming salamat, Bingkay!

Jesse (Gonzales) Cambosa (MAPPA President), Arvin Arceo (MAPPA Tour Director), & Jason Calubaquib (Trophy Sponsor) presented the trophy and Php 1,000 cash prize to the 1st Runner Up – Cedric 0811.

Finally, Martin Misa, aka Sputnik presented the Championship trophy and Php
2,000 cash prize to El Silverio. I wanted Martin to do the honor. Being one of Edwin’s best friends, it seemed like ‘twas Edwin presenting the award and all to the champion that night. And to me, it actually felt like such.

From an initial goal of Php10,000 to a gross of about Php40,000 – wala akong masabi! Dahil ito sa inyo, mga kaibigan ko! Galing ito sa inyong lahat, mga kapatid ko sa bilyar! Para sa kanila ito – sa mga anak n gating nag-iisang Bandido!

To each and every one who helped in and at the event; supported it; who gave until in hurt; who made themselves available for the Bandido Cup; and for all of you who believed:

Maraming, maraming, maraming, maraming salamat po!
Kapatiran! Mabuhay kayo!

"Kapatiran! The AnitoKid."

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Online Casino US Players: Lots of Info on Online Casinos!

Online Casino US Players GraphicWilliam Agal, a billiards buddy, has sent me an email asking for information about Online Casino US Players. My pool player friend wants to learn more about Online Casino US Players in light of his plans to try out his luck in the world of online casino. My search tools highlighted a number of relevant sites about Online Casino US Players and without further ado, here is my take on it.

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Thus, for friends who are on the lookout for more info on online casinos and online gambling, try Online Casino US Players. The information featured at Online Casino US Players will help online gamblers have more fun and aid them in their quest to win more! And I kid you not!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

bilyar.NET Challenge Cup: It's Pacman vs. Lexus for the 10-Ball Trophy!

Lexus and Pacman GraphicCongratulations to Lexus for winning bilyar.NET’s May 2009 Challenge Cup! Lexus was undefeated through the finals of the 10-ball competition held at the Hobbies of Asia Billiards Hall, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City.

‘Twas a strong finish for Lexus, who won the coveted cup over Vic Trinidad aka Pacman with a 6-4 score. For those not in the know, it was Lexus' first time to join the bilyar.NET Challenge Cup.

Third place went to Cedric0811. Like Lexus, it was also a good showing for the 14-year-old considering that it was also his first time to join the tour! And I kid you not!

Congratulations to the winners and placers! And many thanks to each and everyone who participated in the May 2009 bilyar.NET Challenge Cup! Maraming, maraming, maraming, maraming salamat po!

Mabuhay ang bilyar! Mabuhay ang manlalarong bilyarista!

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Be A Medical Assistant via the St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants!

St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants GraphicKorina Sanchez, a billiards friend from high school, wants to become a medical assistant and is looking for sites offering courses on becoming medical assistants. I quickly activated my tools and all for my good friend, who, since she was a kid, wanted to help people and all. My ever-dependable search tools highlighted a number of very good sites, including that of the St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants.

St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants offers a comprehensive Internet-based program that delivers convenience and flexibility to students. For those not in the know, the St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants has a commitment to educational excellence, which has made it a leader in online medical assistant distance education.

St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants program allows anyone, and everyone to take classes online - anytime and anywhere at their convenience! Truth be told, one can actually become a medical assistant in 6-8 weeks via this program. In fact, its certificate program is designed by expert health care professionals. And I kid you not!

So, what are you waiting for, friends? Become a medical assistant via St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants! Earn that certificate now and be on your way to a very rewarding career!

Manny Pacquiao KO's Ricky Hatton: YouTube Video!

It’s Manny Pacquiao! He is too fast! He is too strong! He is just too good! Manny Pacquiao KO’s Ricky Hatton in 2nd Round!

Here's a YouTube Video, friends! Enjoy!

Congratulations Manny! You the man, brother! Mabuhay!

Three hundred fifty-nine seconds – that was all the time that Manny Pacquiao needed to make history again in the squared circle!

Manny Pacquiao’s lightning fast punches made short work of Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, truly cementing the claim as being the best pound for pound boxer on the planet today!

Manny Pacquiao sent the Hitman down to the canvas not once, but twice, in an exciting first round! ‘Twas the beginning of the end – if you may! The Pacman then sealed the contest with a fierce and thunderous left hook that knocked out the lights of Hatton – sending him on the canvas on his back with just one second remaining in the second round!

Indeed, the one punch strategy of Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach worked! That was the most spectacular one punch shot I’ve seen in a long while!

I guess Freddie Roach knew it all even before it started. Roach said, “Hatton pumps his hands before he throws a punch, and it makes him a sucker for the right hook.”

Truth be told, the Pacquiao-Roach team is incredible! Unbeatable! A phenomenon! They can fight anybody! And I kid you not!

"Always amazing knockouts with The AnitoKid!"

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Roberto Gomez Is First Double Champion of Manny Villar Cup!

Roberto Gomez GraphicCongratulations to Roberto Gomez, aka Superman, for winning the finals of the 7th Leg of the prestigious Manny Villar Cup! Roberto Gomez, who plays for Bugsy Promotions, managed to claw back from a poor start to outlast Warren Kiamco, 11-9, for the championship of the Isabela leg. Gomez’s win earns him the distinction of being first two-time champion of the much-coveted title.

“Here in the Villar Cup my string of runner-up finishes finally ended. Not only that ,I am now the first double champion which makes me very, very happy!" added the 30-year-Gomez who also won the tour’s Davao Leg in August 2008.

The title win earned Roberto Gomez his 2nd Villar Cup trophy and the P300,000 cash prize, which was handed out by Billiards Managers and Players Association president Atty. Vic Rodriguez. Kiamco, who won the inaugural Alabang leg, settled for runner-up honors worth P120,000. Atty. Rodriguez represented Senator Manny Villar in the awarding ceremony, which was followed by a courtesy call on Santiago City Mayor Amy Navarro.

From Ronnie Nathanielsz:

Kiamco, who made it to the championship match after upending Efren “Bata” Reyes, 10-4 in their Final Four encounter, was leading 6-3, when his shot of the orange-5 rattled out giving Gomez a chance to clean up the 10th rack, which he did.

That proved to be the turning point of the match as Gomez took four of the next five racks to steal the lead for the first time at 8-7..

Kiamco managed to tie the count a couple of times, the last at 9-all, before Gomez pocketed the next two to win the match.

For those not in the know, Roberto Gomez is set to make his debut in the US circuit next week when he competes in the exciting Predator International 10-Ball Championship! Yes, you’ve read right, friends! The Superman is set to debut in the Land of Milk and Honey next week! And I kid you not!

Congratulations! And the best of luck in the US, bro!

"It's always championship time with The AnitoKid!"

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Houston Roofing: Best Roofing Service!

Houston Roofing GraphicSonny Villanueva, a billiards pal, is looking for more information on Houston Roofing. My pool player friend is looking to have his roof done and wants to locate the best service for such. My ever-reliable online tools highlighted the Houston Roofing site, including pertinent links associated with it. I browsed, read, and understood.

In a nutshell, Houston Roofing is a prestigious roofer that aims to offer customers with the highest quality service at the best prices possible. Truth be told, Houston Roofing is the answer to all roofing concerns and needs. No matter what kind of roof one has, replacing it is a breeze with Houston Roofing – and with no major expense!

Houston Roofing understands that roofing is a trade that requires skill and knowledge in different disciplines. These include math, general carpentry, and framing construction. Finding a roofer is now that easy with Houston Roofing! And locating a qualified Houston roofer with the experience and know-how to do the job right the first time is a breeze with Houston Roofing!

Secure your real estate investment with a roof you can be proud of! Secure it without breaking the bank! Go with Houston Roofing! It’s your one-stop-roofing shop! And I kid you not!

Women's World 10-Ball Championship 2009 Sanctioned by the BSCP & BMPAP!

Aristeo Putch Puyat GraphicThe Women's World 10-Ball Championship will be sanctioned by the BSCP and the BMPAP, two of the leading governing bodies of billiards in the Philippines. The event will take place at SM Mall North Edsa in Manila on June 2-6, 2009. Dragon Promotions will also be assisted by its local partner Bugsy Promotions, one of the top management groups in the Philippines representing players such as Ronnie Alcano and Dennis Orcullo.

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 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.

"It's real pool with The AnitoKid!"

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