by Marlon Bernardino
WORLD champion Rubilen "Bingkay" Amit was impressed by the talents of the youth participants at the start of J & P 10 Ball Cup 2019 held at the Superbowl 3rd level, Makati Cinema Square in Makati City Thursday night .
Billiards Sports Confederation of the Philippines (BSCP) secretary-general Jesse Gonzales Cambosa Sr. who is also the top honcho of DMC Entertainment Production Management who put up this four-day event (Nov. 7, 8 9, and 10) alongside long-time billiards patron sportsman/businessman Aristeo “Putch” Puyat said, "She was impressed by our youth pool players' enthusiasm and love for billiards. She finds our youth players very strong."
Despite hectic schedule because of their rigid training in the upcoming Manila Southeast Asian Games, Amit, Efren "Bata" Reyes, Francisco "Django" Bustamante, Carlo Biado, Johann Chua, Jeffrey Ignacio, Irish Rañola, Flordeliza Andal, national coach Rodolfo "Boy Samson" Luat and PHISGOC billiards tournament manager Joey Marquez all came out to grace the P318,000 total pot prize 10-ball tournament with the champion pocketing P50,000.
"Magagaling e'tong mga bata, potensyal sila na magbibigay ng karangalan sa bayan sa hinaharap. Kailangan lamang nila ng mag training ng mabuti at maglaro ng mga tournament gaya nito (J & P 10 Ball Cup 2019) para makakuha ng experience." said Amit, a 2-time World Pool-Billiard Association champion.
Among the youth participants are James Lim (20 yrs. old), Bernie Regalario (14), Earl Vincent "Vicoy" Trinidad (14), Elija Benedict De Mesa (14) and youngest entry Albert James Manas (12).
It can be recalled that Trinidad defeated fellow Junior player Manas, 7-2, in the finals to rule the 2019 J&P Navigator Japan 9-Ball Cup Championships held recently at the same venue last May.
Defending champion (J & P 10 Ball Cup 2019) is Anthony Capco.