For relatively little cash, a sponsored national cuesports team can bring very good exposure to a Pinoy corporate entity.
Last week Carlo Biado became the newest Filipino world champion in pool, following the footsteps of Efren Reyes, Francisco Bustamante, Ronnie Alcano, Alex Pagulayan, Rubilen Amit, and Dennis Orcollo.
These are all champions of events that are recognized as world titles by the World Pool-Billiard Association. Lee Van Corteza snapped off the 14.1 (Straight Pool) World Tournament last October, which is not officially a WPA-sanctioned event but might as well be due to the strength of the field.
Biado’s triumph caps a banner year for the La Union-born, QC raised 34-year old. He won gold in the SEA Games, bronze in the Asian Indoor Games, and gold in the World Games, a competition with a very strong field. Biado finally gets his 9-ball world crown after finishing second in the 2015 world ten ball championship.
This achievement once again casts the spotlight on pocket billiards, which I strongly believe to be our best sport. It’s also a game that needs a shot in the arm, as televised tournaments have disappeared, and pool halls are shuttering. BEC in Magallanes, one of the few remaining pool venues in Makati, for example, is closing its doors at the end of this year.
As Reyes and Bustamante, the two-headed Mount Rushmore of Pinoy pool, wind down their illustrious careers, pool seems to be fading into the sunset too. I get the impression that the public thinks that Philippine pool has no other…