Local cue masters Demosthenes "Plong-Plong" Pulpul and Leonardo "Dodong" Didal were the first Filipinos to barge into the Last 32 of the World Ten Ball Championship after disposing their respective opponents at the Philippine International Convention Center Thursday.
Pulpul ousted female Austrian player Jasmin Ouschan, 9-8, in a very close match during the single elimination stage.
The score was 8-all for Pulpul and Ouschan when the Austrian fumbled her shot on the number 5 ball.
The Filipino took advantage of the error and conquered Ouschan to earn his ticket to the Last 32.
Pulpul defeated Taiwan's Yang Ching-Shun, 9-5, before facing Ouschan in the Last 64.
Veteran Didal also entered the Last 32 after subduing Chinese player Zhang Shuchun, 9-5.
Didal earlier beat German Christian Weigoni, 9-7, en route to the Last 64.
Arnel Bautista, meanwhile, bowed out of the competition after losing to 2007 World 9-Ball champion Daryl Peach, 9-4.
The English veteran took advantage of Bautista’s misses for an easy win.
Also set to make their attempt into the Last 32 Thursday are Filipinos Marlon "Marvelous" Manalo, Jericho Bañares and Victor Arpilleda.
Manalo will again face Italian Fabio Petroni, whom he beat during the first round. Arpilleda will play Chinese Ming Wang while and Bañares will compete with Taiwanese Wang Hung-Hsiang.
Jeff de Luna is squaring it off with Serbian Tot Sandor as of posting time.
A total prize money of $400,000 is at stake in the inaugural world event, with $100,000 going to the top winner. Dennis Gasgonia, abs-cbnNEWS.com