MANILA, Philippines – Hall of Famer Efren "Bata" Reyes and female billiards ace Siming Chen of China will help raise money for victims of the recent flooding caused by the habagat (southwest monsoon) on Thursday at Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas.
ABS-CBN and Dragon Promotions will take a short pause from the ongoing Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship on Thursday to raise money for ABS-CBN Foundation's Sagip Kapamilya.
Chen, last year's world No. 1 ranked woman's player, and Reyes will compete in a friendly game which takes place at 1:30 p.m.
Reyes’s home province of Pampanga is one of the hardest hit by the flooding.
OB Cues is also raffling off a P20,000 cue stick. Tickets for the raffle will be sold for P200 each, with the proceeds going to charity.
"It is our duty and privilege to help this great country. Philippines has been a honorable and hospitable host to our event and supportive of our Chinese professional players. The Filipino people are a kind, good people and anything we can do to help we will,” said Eric Ding, president of Yalin Tables, the main sponsor of the World 10-Ball Championship.
Yalin, China's top billiards table manufacturer, will also be making additional donations for the flood victims.
"I love coming to the Philippines to play. The fans are so good to us. I feel terrible such tragedy has happened here. Of course I will take time out to help the charity if my skills can help any at all,” said Chen, who won at the Philippine Women’s Open last year.
Shane Sinnott of OB Cues, Cindy Lee of Dragon Promotions, Marcel Sabio of Championship Cloth and Peter Musngi of ABS-CBN will also be attending the special event as sponsor participants on the teams.
"It's heartwarming to see such great effort and support from foreign players and companies to want to help our people. It's inspiring to see billiards in China and Philippines as a unifying force and just be human beings helping their fellow men,” said Musngi, vice-president of ABS-CBN Sports.
Fans can attend the Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship on Thursday and Friday to buy a ticket or make a direct donation for ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya.
For more visit about of the ongoing Women's World 10-Ball Championship, visit www.womensworld10ball.com. – By Marlon Bernardino