US $30,000 At Stake in Enerva Asian 9-ball Tour

MANDALUYONG CITY, PHILIPPINES---A TOTAL of $30,000 in cash prizes are at stake in the ENERVA International Asian 9-ball Tour Ladies Championship gets under way on April 26 to 28, 2006 here at the Robinson's Galleria.

Sixteen slots up for grabs in the qualifying round on April 25, 2006 at the Paeng's Skybowl in Robinson's Galleria, Mandaluyong City, a day before the main event on April 26 to 28, 2006 at the Robinson's Galleria fountain area and will be aired lived on IBC 13 and Solar Sports.

A welcome dinner/ press conference also scheduled on Monday, April 24, 2006, 8:00 pm at Amorsolo Ball Room at the Holiday Inn Galleria Manila (formerly Galleria Suites), the official hotel of the lady cue artists which is located on 1 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Avenue in Ortigas Center.

The biggest event in history of Philippine Women's Billiards is organized by RP billiards patron Aristeo "Putch" Puyat, supported by Nature's Best Products, Inc. and Solar Sports Entertainment and sanctioned by the Asian Pocket Billiard Union and the Billiards and Snooker Congress of the Philippines (BSCP) headed by Ernesto "Ernie" Fajardo.

The tournament offers $10,000 to the champion, $ 5,000 to the runner-up, $ 2,500 each for the losing semi-finalists, $ 1,500 each for 5th and 6th placers, $1,000 each for 7th and 8th placers, $750 each for 9th to 12th placers and $500 each for 13th to 16th placers.

Among the favorites players including 2005-2006 back to back World Women's Champion Ga Young Kim of Korea, Rubilen "Bingkay" Amit, Mary Ann Basas, Irish Ranola and Johanna Dee of the Philippines, Jennifer Chen and Shin-Men Liu of Chinese-Taipei, Akimi Kajitani of Japan, Desak Kasih Aryati and Nova Floura Rachmawati of Indonesia, Pan Xiao Ting and Zhou Meng Meng of China, Chai Zeet Huey and Hoe Shu Wah of Singapore.

"I just do my best for the country," said the 24-year-old Cebuana Amit, who swept the gold medals in the women's division of last year's SEA Games in Makati City.

The soft-spoken diminutive Amit, less than five feet tall finish in Top 24 during the last World Pool Championship in Taiwan and Top 8 position in Japan Open.