Pagulayan beats Liu to knot Philippines vs Asia Series

Alex Pagulayan (Photo courtesy of Dave Thomson

FILIPINO Alex "The Lion" Pagulayan clustered two straight racks to beat Hai Tao Liu of China, 9-6, to win the Philippine Bigtime Billiards (PBB) Face-Off Series late Saturday (April 14) at the Pagcor Airport Casino in Parañaque City.

The win was worth $5,000 for Pagulayan, while Liu settled for $2,500 in the match, part of the Philippines versus Asia series. The series is jointly organized by the Mega Sports World and BRKHRD Corp and aired live over Solar Sports, Sky Channel 70 and Destiny Channel 34, and also aired worldwide through the Internet, live streaming at and The win allowed Team Philippines to tie the series at 4-4 against Team Asia.

"The ball rolls in my favor in the end game," said the former WPA World 9-ball champion Pagulayan, one of the top player of Puyat Sports who held a 6-3 and 7-6 lead and never looked back.

Team Asia had taken a 4-3 series lead on March 31st when Taiwanese cue artist Yu Long Chang defeated Filipino Ronato "Volcano" Alcano, 9-7.

The PBB Face Off series backed up by Sorsogon Province Sports Patron Philip Escudero, Malungai Life Oil, Mandarin Sky Sea Food Restaurant, Servo Marketing, Hermes Sports Bar, Golden Leaf Restaurant, Bugsy Promotions, Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines (BMPAP), Airport Casino Filipino and The Philippine Star resumes with a match pitting Liu against Dennis "Robocop" Orcollo on April 21 and Fong Pang Chao of Chinese-Taipei opposite Lee Vann "The Slayer" Corteza on April 28.