The Philippines will be sending a strong contingent to the 46th All Japan Championship scheduled on November 12 to 18 at the Hotel New Archaic Hall in Amagasaki-shi in Hyogo, Japan.
Legendary cue masters Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante are leading the country’s campaign along with former world champions Alex Pagulayan, Dennis Orcollo and Ronnie Alcano.
Also seeing action in the seven-day meet are veteran campaigners Carlo Biado, Lee Van Corteza, Ramil Gallego, Antonio Lining, Warren Kiamco and Jundel Mazon, and Rodrigo Geronimo, Johann Chua, Val Pajuay, Roel Esquillo, Jonas James Reyes and Jerome Andrino.
The Filipino players will be up against some of the world’s best artists including defending champion Chang Jung-Lin of Taiwan, Kunihiko Takahashi of Japan, Mika Immonen of Finland, Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohman of Germany, and Johnny Archer of US.
In 2003, Efren won the All Japan Championship while in 2002; Bustamante topped the All-Japan 9-Ball event.
Meanwhile, Orcollo is in No. 2 position in the Az Billiards Money Maker list with a total earning of $72,200 followed by Bustamante with $71,868 in third and Corteza with $60,275 in fourth.
American Shane Van Boening is on top with $96,900.