Muntinlupa City government honors US Open Pool champion Carlo Biado

Published September 28, 2021, 12:09 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City government issued a resolution honoring Carlo Biado who won the US Open Pool Championship in Atlantic City on Sept. 19.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed on Sept. 27 Resolution No. 2021-542 passed by the Muntinlupa City Council to congratulate Biado, who is a resident of Brgy. Putatan in Muntinlupa.

Carlo Biado after winning the 2021 US Open Pool Championship title (Matchroom Pool)

The resolution was sponsored by Councilors Atty. Raul Corro, Alexson Diaz, Paty Katy Boncayao, Louisito Arciaga, Allan Rey Camilon,, Ting Niefes, Stephanie Teves, Ivee Rhia Tadefa, Marissa Rongavilla, Francis lan Bagatsing, Mark Lester Baes, Mamerto Sevilla Jr., Arlene Hilapo, Cornelio Martinez, Walter Arcilla and Kenichi Takagi Jr.

Biado, according to the resolution, “brought honor to the Country and won the US Open Nine-Ball Competition, ending the more than two-decade drought in the field of billiard sport.” Biado won $50,000 and a trophy for his feat.

It said “the US Open Nine-ball Tournament is a long-running prestigious competition which is open to all professional pool players in the world. Since its founding in 1976, championship titles were dominated by Americans until 1994 when the most-winning non-US player in the event’s history, Efren Bata Reyes of the Philippines, was the first non-American victor.”

“Carlo Biado, who originated from the Province of Nueva Ecija and is presently residing in the City of Muntinlupa, started playing pool at a young age. His passion for the sport is evident that billiards became his means of livelihood,” it added.

It said Biado’s “professional career includes playing in the WPA [World Pool-Billiard Association] World Ten-ball Championship in 2015; the Men’s 9-Ball event of the 2017 World Games; 2018 WPA World Nine-ball Championship and 2019 WPA Players Championship.”

Biado’s current WPA ranking is No. 3 and he is the only player from the Philippines in the top 10. He earned medals for billiards and snooker at the 2019 Southeast-Asian Games-Men’s 9-ball doubles.

“Such a feat is a testament that talent, coupled with sacrifice and hard work, is always a formula to success,” the resolution added.