Manila, Cebu bets set to compete in Superbalita 9-Ball

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

MANILA and Cebu players are arriving to give Mindanaoans a run for their money when the 5th Sun.Star Superbalita in cooperation with Phoenix Petroleum 9-Ball Challenge 1st National Open gets underway at 10 a.m. on Friday at the NCCC Mall activity center.

Davao Billiards Association, Inc. (DBAI) president Menlee Migellano, also tournament director of the three-day cuefest, said: “Daghan na gapanawag mga taga Manila ug Cebu. Mudula daw sila sa torneyo. Sama sa mga miaging tuig, sa ulahing adlaw sa rehistro na gyud na mudagsa ang mga players (I’ve received calls from Manila and Cebu players signifying their intention to join the event. But based on our past editions, most players will only sign up during the final day of registration).”

A total of 128 cue artists including seeded players and past Mindanao Open champions Gandy Valle, Christopher Alanunay, Valeriano Pajuay, Jr. and Oscar Villaseñor are seeing action in the open division that offers a total cash prize of P212,000. The four aces earned automatic slots to the top 16 of the knockout format competition.

A whopping top purse of P100,000 will be awarded to the open champion, P40,000 to the runner-up and P15,000 each to the semi-final losers. Quarter-final losers will pocket P5,000 each while the ninth to 16th placers will go home with P1,500 apiece.

The tournament, organized by Sun.Star Davao Publishing Inc., and presented by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc., also has youth categories for joint elementary boys and girls, joint High School boys and girls, college men and college women.

Brand new cue sticks, courtesy of 1998 Asian Games gold medalist Valle, await elementary and High School division champions. They will also receive medals, gift certificates and freebies along with the college men and women titlists.

Interested players may sign up until 8 p.m. on Thursday at the NCCC Mall activity center. Open entry fee is P850 with five Superbalita mastheads. Youth registration is free but a participant must submit five Sun.Star Davao mastheads and a certificate of enrollment.

All registrants, however, must also attend the players’ briefing after registration closes on Thursday.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-supported event is also backed up by major sponsors Deca Homes, Camella, Aeon Towers, Alaxan FR, SkyCable and NCCC Mall of Davao.

Visuals in Motion Advertising, The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Pizzeria Michelangelo, King-King Pantukan Gold & Copper Project, Davao Light & Power Co., LP Global Network, Mama Maria’s Pizzeria, Microtel Inn & Suites Davao, city government of Davao, MindaVote, Vice Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, Boy Cherry Billiards Center, Dexter’s Pizza and Rep. Mylene Garcia are minor sponsors.


Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 06, 2012.

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