Villar Cup Cebu Leg

Alex Pagulayan

After its highly-successful kickoff, the First Senate President Manny Villar Cup Billiards Tournament travels to Cebu for its second leg slated from June 20 to 22.

The country's top world-class cue artists, led by pool icon Efren “Bata” Reyes, will see action in the event, which offers a total prize pot of more than P1 million.

“Just like what Senator Villar said, we are bringing the Manny Villar Cup to the provinces to give our kababayans a chance to see in flesh our world-class Filipino billiards players, and give those aspiring players there a chance to compete with them,” said Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines (BMPAP) president Atty. Vic Rodriguez.

“After this, we also hold tournaments in Davao , Bacolod , Dumaguete and Tuguegarao, among others to really uphold our goals of further developing the sport in the country, and we're very thankful to Senator Villar for helping us in this endeavor,” he added.

Newly-crowned World Pool Masters champion Alex Pagulayan will also compete in the event, where he is technically the defending champion having won last year's tournament in Cebu .

Also vying in the tournament supported by Puyat Sports, Bugsy Promotions, Negros Billiards Stable and Sunstar Superbalita are former two-time world champion Ronnie Alcano, current world no.1 Dennis Orcollo, 2007 World Pool runner-up Roberto Gomez, reigning national champion Lee Van Corteza, former world no.1 Francisco “Django” Bustamante and Villar Cup first leg champion Warren Kiamco.