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Pulpul survives,Tanasas falls

Demosthenes Pulpul of Cagayan de Oro City.

SUN.STAR SUPERBALITA 9-BALL
Pulpul survives,Tanasas falls

FORMER World 10-Ball semi-finalist Demosthenes Pulpul of Cagayan de Oro City survived while his stablemate Manolo Tanasas was ousted in the first round of eliminations of the 3rd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao 9-Ball Open Challenge at the NCCC Mall Bowling, Billiards and Bar (B3) Center, Saturday.

Pulpul, of Jonathan Sy’s Negros Billiards Stable (NBS), escaped a 7-6 thriller over Eljun Abellana of Agdao to advance to the next round. The latter was a runner-up of the just-concluded 2010 Sun.Star Superbalita 9-Ball Challenge in Cebu.

Tanasas, however, lost to another veteran Reynaldo Campaña, 5-7. The latter recently campaigned in Japan.

Other favorites, meanwhile, hurled their separate rivals in the cuefest backed up by NCCC Mall B3, 8990 Housing Development Corporation, SkyCable and Betan Calibration Technique as major sponsors and Microtel Inn and Suites Davao, San Miguel Corporation, Santos Land Development Corporation, Toryano’s Chicken Haus, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Home Crest Residences, Stadium Buffet Restaurant and Sports Lounge, Water Lovers Purified Drinking Water, Visuals in Motion Advertising and Redrock Dezigns as minor sponsors.

Napoleon Labrador of Compostela Valley crushed Efren dela Cruz of Davao City, 7-3, and Ronnie Aying toppled Crijstino Orbita, 7-3, in a pair of lopsided wins that highlighted the opening of the two-day event.

Also winning were Federico Evanoso, who eliminated Eleazar Saludo, 7-1, and Danjo Urdaneza, who ousted Oliver Villafuerte, 7-6, in a thrilling encounter. Alexander Villadores whipped Jeffrey Sy, 7-5.

Nelson Paa subdued Alex Chua, 7-4, while Jean Laviste hacked out a rousing 7-1 win over tennis player-turned-cue artist Clee Jay Albaño.

Defending champion Christopher Alanunay and past titlist Gandy Valle of Davao City are seeded in the tournament which offers P50,000 to the champion. Both players will see action beginning in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Alanunay, during a press conference at Stadium Buffet Restaurant and Sports Lounge owned by Bai Lim, said he would try to defend his crown.

“Should I make it to the finals this time, I would want to play either one of those Manila-based players aside from Valle. I have already beaten him (Valle) in the semi-finals last year so I want to play somebody else,” Alanunay who hails from Mabini said.

A total of 86 players are entered in the tournament which is being officiated by the Davao Billiards Association Inc. headed by its president Menlee Migellano.

Sun.Star Davao Publishing Inc. General Manager Tessie Pana welcomed the participants during the brief opening ceremonies.(pr/mlsa)

Mindanao Open 9-Ball opens at NCCC Mall, world no.2 stays in Japan

THE search for the next pool star is on as the 3rd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday at the NCCC Mall Bowling, Billiards and Bar (B3) Center.

It will be anybody’s ball game as expected guest player world no.2 Lee Vann Corteza, who is still in Japan for a series of challenge matches, won’t be around. The reigning World Predator Tour champion Corteza, who hails from Mintal of Davao City, earlier confirmed his participation to the biggest edition of the event but later backed out.

Tournament co-chairperson Charles Raymond A. Maxey, “Corteza’s absence will give way to a new pool sensation that will yet rise for stardom.”

Defending champion Christopher Alanunay and 2008 champion Gandy Valle, a 2009 Laos Southeast Asian (SEA) Games silver medalist and 1998 Bangkok Asian Games gold medalist,  however, remain the heavy favorites.

But players from Iligan City, General Santos City, Cagayan de Oro City, Surigao City, Cotabato City, Tagum City, Digos City, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Zamboanga City may pull off surprises.

A short opening rites will usher the start of the competition. Knockout elimination matches will be held today while the Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and championship matches get going to tomorrow.

At stake is a whopping cash prize of P50,000 for the champion, P20,000 for the runner-up, P12,500 for the third-placer and P7,500 for the fourth-placer. The next four placers will each go home with P2,000.

NCCC Mall B3, 8990 Housing Development Corporation, SkyCable and Betan Calibration Technique are major sponsors while Microtel Inn and Suites Davao, San Miguel Corporation, Santos Land Development Corporation, Toryano’s Chicken Haus, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Home Crest Residences, Stadium Buffet Restaurant and Sports Lounge, Water Lovers Purified Drinking Water, Visuals in Motion Advertising and Redrock Dezigns are this year’s minor sponsors.(pr/mlsa)

Valle predicts Mindanao Open 9-Ball winner

(Left to right) Valle, Pana, Migellano.



 

SOUTHEAST Asian (SEA) Games 2009 silver medalist Gandy Valle predicted that the
3rd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge title will be won by a
Davao City player.

The tournament is set on Saturday and Sunday at the NCCC Mall Bowling, Billiards
and Bar (B3) Center.

Valle, who guested at the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the
Tower Inn, Thursday, said: “The crown will stay in Davao. Players from Davao just
like me will do our best to defend the title. I’ve seen other locals practicing in
billiards centers that I went to recently. We are prepared to keep the Davao pride.”

Diminutive Valle, a 1998 Bangkok Asian Games gold medalist, won the inaugural
title of the event in 2008 while another Dabawenyo Christopher Alanunay topped
the event last year.

“Should I get knocked out early, I will still root for a Davao City player to win the
tournament. I would gladly give pointers to a Dabawenyo who will enter the
finals,” he said.

He said pressure is the only thing that every player should overcome. A less
experienced player or an amateur will likely succumb to it in a crucial match but
one should know how to fight pressure whether the crowd is cheering for him or
not.

Sun.Star Davao Publishing, Inc. general manager Tessie A. Paña, over-all chair of
the tournament, said the company will continue to promote billiards among
Mindanoans as it is one of the few sports where Filipinos can excel in the world
level.

She said, “There is no organization or a company that focuses on promoting
billiards in Mindanao. We want to play an active role in giving Mindanao players a
sporting chance to compete among themselves and be recognized to also play in
national and international competitions.”

Co-chair Charles Raymond A. Maxey, meanwhile, urged other companies to follow
Sun.Star Davao’s lead in promoting billiards since it is also a sport where Filipinos
are known all over the world aside from boxing.

“Mindanao players just need exposures. They need to be given opportunities to
compete,” Maxey added.

Tournament director Menlee Migellano, president of Davao Billiards Inc., on his
part, named Elvis Calasang, Val Pajuay and Leonardo “Dodong Panacan” Didal as
among the rated players also joining the P98,000 cuefest that stakes P50,000 cash
prize to the champion.

Interested players may proceed at the B3 Center today at 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the
final day of registration. Fee is P500 inclusive of official playing shirt and bottled
water. Pay only P350 if you submit 10 mastheads of Sun.Star Davao or Superbalita
upon registration.

The event is backed up by NCCC Mall B3, 8990 Housing Development Corporation,
SkyCable and Betan Calibration Technique as major sponsors and Microtel Inn and
Suites Davao, San Miguel Corporation, Santos Land Development
Corporation,Toryano’s Chicken Haus, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Home Crest
Residences, Stadium Buffet Restaurant and Sports Lounge, Water Lovers Purified
Drinking Water, Visuals in Motion Advertising and Redrock Dezigns as minor
sponsors.(pr/mlsa)

Mindanao Open 9-Ball list up ends Friday

REGISTRATION to the P98,000 Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge will wind up on Friday at the NCCC Mall Bowling, Billiards and Bar (B3) Center.

Tournament co-chairperson Charles Raymond A. Maxey, also sports editor of Sun.Star Davao, said players only have until 6 p.m. on Friday to sign up for the cuefest that will give away a whopping cash prize of P50,000 to the champion, P20,000 to the runner-up, P12,5000 to the third placer and P7, 500 for the fourth placer.

“We are calling on players to waste no time to register since limited slots are available. Registration is ongoing at the Sun.Star Davao office today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. only. The final day of registration is on Friday at B3. Sign up now and don’t miss this chance to play against the best players from Mindanao,” Maxey said.

All losing quarter-finalists will also receive P2,000 each from the event backed up by major sponsors NCCC Mall B3, 8990 Housing Development Corporation, SkyCable and Betan Calibration Technique as well as minor sponsors  Microtel Inn and Suites Davao, San Miguel Corporation, Santos Land Development Corporation,Toryano’s Chicken Haus, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Home Crest Residences, Stadium Buffet Restaurant and Sports Lounge, Water Lovers Purified Drinking Water, Visuals in Motion Advertising and Redrock Dezigns.

Registration fee is P500 inclusive of official playing shirt and bottled water. Players may avail of the promo rate of P350 provided that they submit 10 mastheads of Sun.Star Davao or Sun.Star SuperBalita.[pr/ mlsa]


World no.2 joins Sunstar Superbalita Mindanao Open

EXCITING pool matches are expected as current World No. 2 Lee Vann Corteza joins the 3rd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge for the very first time on Dec. 4 and 5 at the NCCC Mall Bowling, Billiards and Bar (B3) Center.

Tournament co-chairperson Charles Raymond A. Maxey, also sports editor of Sun.Star Davao, said: “Corteza’s guest participation is a great opportunity for Mindanaoans to witness world-class level of competition. Local players are also expected to take this chance to try beat him and the two other seeded players — 2008 champion Gandy Valle and 2009 champion Christopher Alanunay.”

Maxey, who guested with Davao Billiards Association (DBA) president Menlee Migellano in yesterday’s Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the Tower Inn,  said the tournament is being organized to provide a venue for Mindanao players to hone their skills and be discovered for future national and international competitions.

He said Alanunay who is back from Malaysia had been practicing to defend his crown. But fellow Dabawenyo Corteza, however, remains to be the heavy favorite being the most accomplished and renowned among them.

Migellano, on his part, said other Mindanao-based locals may not be pushovers as they, too, are expected to pull off surprises in this year’s edition supported by the NCCC Mall B3, 8990 Housing Development Corporation, SkyCable and Betan Calibration Technique as major sponsors, Microtel Inn and Suites Davao, San Miguel Corporation, Santos Land Development Corporation, Toryano’s Chicken Haus, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Home Crest Residences, Stadium Buffet Restaurant and Sports Lounge, Water Lovers Purified Drinking Water, Visuals in Motion Advertising and Redrock Dezigns as minor sponsors.

He cited the likes of Tagum City’s Ruben Cunia, Cagayan de Oro’s Demosthenes Pulpul, Cotabato City’s Godofredo Ducanes, Zamboanga City’s Elmer Haya and Davao City’s Manolo Tanasas who are under the stable of Jonathan Sy’s Negros Billiards Stable where Corteza also is a mainstay.

Cash prizes are P50,000 for the champion, P20,000 for the runner-up, P12,500 for the third-placer and P7,500 for the fourth-placer. The losing quarter-finalists will each go home with P2,000.

Registration is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sun.Star Davao Publishing, Inc. office at the Grandland Bldg., R. Castillo St., Agdao. Fee is P500 inclusive of official playing shirt and  bottled water. Players may avail of the promo rate of P350 provided that they submit 10 mastheads of Sun.Star Davao or Sun.Star Superbalita.

Last day of registration is set on December 3 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at B3. (pr/mlsa)

Gandy Valle starts title defense in 2nd Sunstar Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge; Davao’s Alanunay bags crown

HAIL THE NEW CHAMP. From left, event vice-chair Charles Maxey and Sun.Star Davao Publishing, Inc. general manager Joseph Grino award the trophy and P40,000 cash prize to Christopher Alanunay of Davao City who beat Eljun Daquiado of Tagum City, 9-8, in the finals of the 2nd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge held at the NCCC Mall B3 (Bowling, Billiards and Bar) Sunday night. photo by RENE B. LUMAWAG

Davao’s Alanunay bags crown

TITLE-hungry Christopher Alanunay of Davao City survived a 9-8 thriller over Eljun Daquiado of Tagum City to crown himself the new champion of the 2nd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge that came to a close at the NCCC Mall B3 (Bowling, Billiards and Bar) Sunday night.

Both giant killers stirred the final day of competition as Alanunay stunned defending champion Valle, 8-4, during their semi-finals clash while Daquiado knocked out second-seed Roberto Gomez, 8-5, in the quarter-finals. The latter took a 4 a.m. flight to Davao Sunday and barely had a two-hour sleep before he played  against Daquiado.

A golden break in the fourth frame stretched Alanunay’s lead, 4-0, but he later succumbed to costly errors, allowing Daquiado to surge a 7-5 rally. The 25-year-old Dabawenyo, however, recovered to force a 7-all tie and scored a runout to snatch the lead anew at 8-7.

Daquiado suffered a scratch break in the 16th rack then both players engaged into a series of safety exchanges. Alanunay would have already sealed the win but his eight-ball came short , thus, the Tagum darkhorse equalized the match, 8-8.

The Dabawenyo, on his break, went through minor hitches but he never turned back to secure the win and the P40,000 top purse. He also received a creatively-designed champion’s trophy awarded to him by Sun.Star Davao Publishing, Inc. general manager Joseph Grino and Sun.Star Superbalita 9-ball vice-chair Charles Raymond A. Maxey during the awarding rites.

“I’m so thankful to God, my family and supporters who cheered me on. I thank God for giving me strength, for sustaining me and giving me this victory,” Alanunay said in the vernacular during a post-awarding interview.

He continued, “I really felt the pressure when I was trailing the match. My opponent was very strong. But I just went lucky. I had a great game. I didn’t expect to climb my way up to the finals beating the reigning champion in the semis. It is indeed my lucky day.”

He then thanked the organizers for staging the cuefest sponsored by SkyCable, Viktoriano’s Place, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc., NCCC Mall B3, 8990 Housing Development Corporation, Microtel Hotel Resorts Davao, Grand Men Seng Hotel, G.Q.W.E.S.T., Sunpride Foods, Inc., City Government of Davao, Jack’s Ridge Resort and Restaurant and San Miguel Corporation.

“Thank you Sun.Star Superbalita 9-Ball for giving local players like me an opportunity to be a Mindanao Open champion. This is truly my sweetest victory and my most memorable experience,’” he added.

Gomez and Valle were all praises to the new champion.

“Maganda ang inilaro niya at magaling siyang player. Totoong may lakas ang mga probinsiyano at mas may igagaling pa kapag nabigyan ng mga oportunidad katulad nito (He played so well and he’s a good player. It’s so true that provincial players are strong and they will do even better when given opportunities like this),” Gomez said.

Valle, during a press conference held on Friday, earlier cited Alanunay as a must-see player in the tournament and yet it turned out to be at his expense that the latter will indeed shine.

The 1998 Bangkok Asian Games gold medalist admitted, “I had a bad game while he (Alanunay) was really playing the best of his game. When he beat me, I already thought he would win the title and he did. I’m so happy for him. He deserves to be a champion.”

Runner-up Daquiado went home with P15,000 while Daryl Cubillan, who overcame Valle in their battle for third, received P10,000. Valle instead settled for P5,000 in the two-day event organized in cooperation with the Davao Billiards Association, Inc. (DBAI).

Quarter-finals losers Gomez, Arnel Corcilles, Richard delos Reyes and Sonny Aton each received P1,500.(pr)

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REGIONAL and local cue artists are expected to give defending champion Gandy Valle a run for his money as the 2nd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge opens at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, at the NCCC Mall B3 (Bowling, Billiards and Bar).

The 32-year-old veteran internationalist Valle himself admitted this year’s edition might be a tougher field than when he won  the inaugural staging of the cuefest presented by Sun.Star Davao and Superbalita last year.

“The pressure is always on the player who is defending the title. I have that burden now having failed to keep my crown in the 6th Sun.Star Superbalita 9-Ball in Cebu City two weeks ago. But I will do what it takes to defend the title despite stiff competition from local players,” he said during a press conference at the BMW Restobar, Jack’s Ridge Resort in Shrine Hills, Matina, Friday.

Valle, who is part of the Philippines’ billiards and snooker “Dream Team” seeing action in the 27th  Southeast Asian Games in Laos in December, thanked organizers for institutionalizing the cuefest.

He said, “Tournaments like these are what players in Mindanao need. They just need  that big break and a shot to become a champion in a prestigious tournament such as this. Winning a Mindanao championship would pave the way for anyone to establish a name in the  billiards community. Billiards stables are just in the lookout for the next rising stars.”

Davao Billiards Association, Inc. vice-president Alexander Villadores, on his part, said not only Davao City players are eyeing the P40,000 top purse but also those from Butuan, Kidapawan, General Santos City, Cagayan de Oro City, Mati and Cotabato, among others.

“Davao City players are no pushover. You will see new faces who might even pull off surprises. There is even a 12-year-old player Jun Natividad who can play against any other seasoned players. But of course, veterans like Danny Otacan, Christopher Alanunay and Romeo Timcang  are expected to live up to their billing,” Villadores said.

Event vice-chair Charles Raymond A. Maxey, meanwhile, said the 9-ball event will give Mindanaoans a venue to showcase their talents that may somehow  open more opportunities for them in the future.

He added, “This is our second year of holding this event. We also look  forward to having more categories in the future just like in Cebu where elementary, high school and college students can play provided that they are enroled at a certain school. We want to promote billiards as a special sport not just for out-of-school but also for school-based youths.”

Registration is ongoing as of Friday’s presstime in the two-day tournament sponsored by Sky Cable, Viktoriano’s Place, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Microtel Hotel Davao, 8990 Housing Development Corporation, NCCC Mall B3, Jack’s Ridge and Restaurant, Sunpride Foods, city government of Davao and San Miguel Corporation.

The elimination knockout stage will be on a race-to-seven winners’ break format while the knockout quarter-finals and semi-finals will be a race-to-eight alternate-break and the finals will be a race-to-nine alternate-break event.

The runner-up will pocket P15,000 while the next two placers will go home with P10,000 and P5,000, respectively. The fifth to eighth placers will each receive P1,500.(pr)