Five Filipino cue masters are in the Top 20 of the World Pool-Billiard Association.
Veteran international campaigner Carlo Biado is the top Filipino player in the list at No. 6 with 17,840 points he earned for the past year.
Biado got 6,900 points in the China Open; 4,480 points in the CBSA International Liangyugang Tournament; 3,050 in the Chinese 8-Ball Championship; 1,800 points in the World 10-Ball Championship; and 1,250 points in the US 9-Ball Championship.
Guangzhou Asian Games silver medalist Warren Kiamco is the second best Filipino at 11th place with 14,812 points with majority of his coming from World 10-Ball Championship (5,000), World 9-Ball Championship (3,575) and China Open (3,287).
Former world champion Dennis Orcollo is at 13th with14,077 points while Lee Vann Corteza takes the 15th spot with 13,412 and Johann Chua occupies the 16th with 13,362.
The other Filipinos in the list are No. 32 Jeffrey Ignacio (8,012), No. 45 Alex Pagulayan (6,100), No. 47 Ronnie Alcano (5,900), No. 52 Jundel Mazon (5,550), No. 57 Raymund Faraon (5,037), No. 68 Francisco Bustamante (4,200), No. 70 Roberto Gomez (4,100), No. 80 Antonio Gabica (3,587), No. 89 Oliver Medenilla (3,275) and No. 90 Ramil Gallego (3,250).
Taiwanese Ko Pin-Yi (25,925) and Cheng Yu Hsuan (21,312) grab the first two spots followed by Liu Haitao of China (21,150), Ko Ping Chung of Taiwan (18,199) and John Morra of Canada (17,840).
In the women’s division, former World 10-Ball champion Rubilen Amit is ranked ninth in the world with 11,475 points. China’s Chen Siming and Liu Sha Sha are leading the pack with 17,840 and 17,657, respectively.
Erstwhile No. 1 Kim Ga Young of South Korea drops to third with 17,420 points followed by Kelly Fisher of Great Britain (12,426), Lin Yuan-Chun of Taiwan (12,276) and Fu Xiao-Fang of China (12,223).
EMIL C. NOGUERA