Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Sharks Billiards League out to revive PHL pool scene

US Open champion Carlo Biado — PHILSTAR FILE PHOTO

THE NEXT “Bata” and “Django” are in the making for the Philippines.

It may have been delayed and bumped off its rightful track for decades but the country, at long last, is in line for the production of the next great cue artists to follow the footsteps of Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante.

And that’s thanks to the birth of Sharks Billiards League, which is out to revive the long-dormant Philippine pool scene in partnership with Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines (BMPAP).

Sharks has been launched last month behind the brainchild of billiards household name Perry Mariano along with sport godfathers Putch Puyat, Isaac Belmonte and Jonathan Sy of BMPAP, and new officials Eric Salud, Larry Lim, Jojo Sanchez, Doc Mon Aguirre and son of Perry, Hadley Mariano — all for a noble mission  revitalizing the industry and its lost glory that was once lauded all over the world in the 90s-00s.

“Pool was the only sport that Filipinos dominate. Sadly, this is slowly being forgotten as we no longer have future players to continue what legends and champions put an indelible mark in the world pool”, said Mr. Hadley, a former collegiate varsity billiards player (La Salle Greenhills).

In a dominant stretch two decades ago, the Philippines served as the bastion of sports by harvesting a truckload of international titles behind Messrs. Reyes and Bustamante as well as other greats like Lee Van Corteza, Dennis Orcullo and Amang Parica.

The winning tradition carried over to the local scene with every street and sitio boasting regular tournaments, exhibition games and new talents after one another for a bustling Philippine billiard industry only to slow down in the new millennium — paving the way for rival countries to catch up and overtake the country eventually.

Slowly but surely though, the next generation has started to get back on track with Carlo Biado leading the way highlighted by his championship in the US Open.

Recently, Mr. Biado along with Johann Chua and Rubilen Amit ruled the 2022 Predator World Teams 10-Ball Championship while retaining supremacy in the Southeast Asian Games.

Now — more than ever — is the perfect time to double down on that momentum by discovering new talents and honing them to world champions as soon as possible.

“Sharks with the help of BMPAP wants to bring back the Philippines as the mecca of pool and re-establish our dominance. SHARKS is the future of Philippine billiards,” beamed tournament director Mr. Hadley as Sharks forged strategic alliances with Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Rep. Arnie Teves and a bevy of backers to keep the sport growing. — John Bryan Ulanday

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!


Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> The exodus of workers from the jobs market over the pandemic has weakened prospects for Britain’s economic growth, the governor of...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> Will Polston, talks to Business Matters about how helping ambitious owners to maximise their potential has resulted in him becoming a finalist...


Elon Musk talks about his company’s Starlink project at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, June 30, 2021. — BRISA PALOMAR / PACIFIC PRESS/SIPA...


PHILSTAR FILE PHOTO The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has approved seven “high-impact” projects, ranging from agriculture to transportation, the agency’s top official...


Television (TV) advertising is shifting toward addressable TV, a service that allows advertisers to show different ads to different audiences watching the same program,...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> Wayne Janse Van Rensburg, Chief Executive of education company Learndirect talks to Business Matters about the inspiration behind their business, which...

You May Also Like


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Filipinos across different groups all over the archipelago. From frontline workers, parents balancing...


REUTERS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s foreign exchange buffers slightly increased as of end-October as the value of the central bank’s...


BW FILE PHOTO GROSS BORROWINGS by the National Government reached P2.6 trillion as of end-September as it continued to raise funds to respond to...


KARASOLAR.COM TENA, Ecuador — Ecuador’s rainforest Achuar people say their ancestors long dreamed of a “fire canoe” or “electric fish” that would let them...

Disclaimer: Respect, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2022 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.