Billiards Idol Resumes This Weekend

Dozens of aspiring cue artists gather anew when the Search for the New Billiards Idol resumes with its 11th leg on Saturday at the AMF-Puyat Billiards Center in New Farmers Plaza in Cubao, Quezon City.

Besides the chance to become the country's new pool star, players will also be vying for the top prize of P10,000 in this tournament organized by the Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines (BMPAP) and supported by Bugsy Promotions, Puyat Sports, Negros Billiards Stable and Senate President Manny Villar's Villards: Tulong sa Pagsulong ng Philippine sports.

The runner-up will receive P5,000, while the two other semifinalists will take P2,500 each.

Also up for grabs in the event are BMPAP ranking points, which will be one of the bases in the selection of players for the soon-to-be-launched National Billiards League (NBL).

William Millares will be back to defend the baton against hordes of fellow upstarts. The 21-year-old stalwart of Fe Promotions of Sta. Maria, Bulacan councilor Fe Ramos won the series' 10th leg last August 23 to become the first two-time champion of this tournament, which is open to all cue artists except those who are already in the so-called “Class O” or all-star level at a token entry fee of only P200.

Leading the challengers to Millares' hold of the title are former leg winners Mark Mendoza, Jomar De Ocampo, Benjie Guevarra, Egie Geronimo, Joey Pardales and Romar Villones.

The competitions will start at 11 a.m. and for further details, contact the BMPAP secretariat at 0926-724-9055, 0918-488-8624 or 0929-964-3350