Carlo Biado and Joven Bustamante to compete in Korea International Championship

Carlo Biado

MANILA, PHILIPPINES---CARLO "Cool" Biado and Joven "The Giant" Bustamante, the country's two representatives will try to continue their rise to stardom when the 4th annual Korea International Championships gets going today at the Seoul Palace Hotel in Seoul, Korea.

Biado and Bustamante, who left the country yesterday, are two of the rising star from Bugsy promotion. They will play against some of the world's best cue artists, including former world champions Thorsten Hohmann and Ralf Souquet of Germany and Mika Immonen of Finland as well as Charlie Williams of the United States where tournament organizer Dragon Promotions put up US$7,000 to the champion.

The 25-years-old Biado is looking to improve his Japan Open performance here in the annual Korean Open.

"Nabigo akong makapasok sa knock-out stage sa Japan Open sa taong ito kaya babawi ako sa Korean Open (I failed to advance in the knock-out stage in Japan Open and a hope to play better here in Korean Open)." said Biado. As part of his preparation for the Korean Open, Biado has been running 50 racks a day at the Bugsy Lair's Billiard hall in Quezon City.

"Kung sakali tayong palaring manalo sa Korea ito na ang first major tournament title natin (This is my first major tournament if i ever luckily win this Korean Open)." added Biado, also invited to play in P1 Million Manny Pacquiao pool tournament this October.

While the 28-years-old Bustamante, distant relative of former world no.1 Francisco "Django" Bustamante settled third place in the 2007 World 8-Ball Championships in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates early this year. His Bugsy stablemate Ronato Alcano won the title while Dennis Orcollo settled for second.

"Gagawin ko ang best para makapagdala ng karangalan sa bansa. ( I will do my very best for flag and country)" Said Joven, who ousted Alcano in the 2nd BSCP Open this year.

Joven also known"Shark" in the pool world is the 2004 Abu Dhabi 8-ball Open champion.

Biado and Bustamante are also scheduled to compete in the country's first ever Poker Pool Tour dubbed as Sargo's Pool Classics to be held on Bugsy Lair's Pool Haus in Quezon City and the initial telecast will start on August 11 on RPN-9 " Pare" from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, every Saturday in close cooperation with Solar Entertainment Corporation.