World Boxing Champion Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao is hosting the P1 Million Valentines 10-ball Open Championship.
The tournament, presented by the Manny Pacquiao Promotions together with tournament organizer Mary Grace Tambasen and tournament director Michael Feliciano, is a double knockout format and will run from February 3 to 14, 2020 at the SM City in Bacolod City.
"In billiards, boxing and chess, we can produce world champions," said tournament organizer Mary Grace Tambasen, fondly called Precious or Princess Za in the pool world, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology graduate from the University of Negros Occidental- Recoletos (UNO-R).
Leading the list of participants are 2017 World Pool champion Carlo Biado, 2015 Manny Pacquiao (MP) 10-ball champion Jericho Bañares, former All Japan winner Lee Van Corteza, Johann Chua and Jeffrey Ignacio.
The singles event offers a P150,000 champion’s purse while the runner-up place dangles P75,000. The third and fourth placers will get P30,000 each; fifth to eighth will receive P15,000 apiece and ninth to 16th will bring home P5,000 each.
In the doubles category, the emerging champion in the tourney will get P200,000 while the runner-up will receive P100,000 and the third to fourth placers will settle for P40,000 each. Fifth to Eight placers will bring claim P25,000 each while the ninth to 16th placers will receive P15,000 each.
Registration fee for singles event is P2,000 while entry fee for the doubles category is P4,000. For more inquiries please pm in facebook tournament organizer Mary Grace Tambasen and tournament director Michael Feliciano.-Marlon Bernardino-