Marlon Manalo

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Marlon Manalo
Born (1975-11-27) November 27, 1975 (age 39)
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Occupation Professional pool player
Marlon Manalo
Medal record
Competitor for  Philippines

Men's Nine-Ball
Southeast Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Nakhon Ratchasima Doubles

Men's Snooker
World Games
Silver medal – second place 2001 Akita Singles

Marlon Manalo (b. November 27, 1975 in Mandaluyong City, Philippines) is a Filipino professional pool player from Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

Career[edit]

Originally a snooker player, Manalo has represented the Philippines a number of times in the Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games. In the 2001 World Games, Manalo settled for a silver medal in the snooker event, placing second to Bjorn Haneveer of Belgium.[1]

His pro debut in pool was the Tirador Nine-ball Tournament in Manila in 2003, surviving to the finals, but eventually losing to Warren Kiamco. Weeks later, he competed in the Tirador Ten-ball Tournament. Again, he made it to the finals but lost to Ramil Gallego.

The first pool tournament he won in the Philippines was the Corporate Billiards League, a tournament where a team of 3 players plays against another 3 in match. All the players were local but Marcus Chamat, a pool specialist from Sweden, was in contention.

Nicknamed "Marvelous", the unassuming Manalo was definitely the surprise package of the 2004 WPC as he beat Yang Ching-shun, Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes in successive matches before losing in the last eight to Marcus Chamat. Silky smooth in stroke, Manalo looked the complete player as he ran rack after rack against the most intimidating opponents. However, being the true Filipino at heart, he could gain very little pleasure from dumping out national heroes like Reyes. Predominantly a snooker player in a country with just four tables, Manalo has recorded green baize wins over tough opponents.

Manalo nearly won his first world title at the 2004 WPA World Eight-ball Championship, but lost to his compatriot, Efren Reyes.[2]

But he has shown dominance in the US, especially in 2005. In that year, Manalo won a number of tournaments. The most important one he dominated was the short-lived Texas Hold'em Billiards Championship where he earned the large $100K winner-take-all purse. Like Efren Reyes who won a straight pool toutnament in 1995, Manalo too dominated one, the 2005 New Jersey Straight Pool Open.[3]

In 2006, Manalo could have been one of the first Philippine players, along with Dennis Orcollo, to compete in the World Straight Pool Championship but withdrew to compete in another tournament in Bangkok, Thailand. That same year, he made it to the final of the IPT North American Eight-ball Open Championship. He was bested, however, by Thorsten Hohmann who won the mammoth $350K first prize. Manalo settle for $99K.

After he settled for second place in the 2007 Philippine National Championships to Lee Van Corteza,[4] Manalo won the title against Antonio Gabica a year later.[5]

Achievements[edit]

  • 2008 Philippine National Championship
  • 2007 Seminole Florida Pro Tour Stop
  • 2006 IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship, Runner-up
  • 2005 Texas Hold Em Billiards Championship
  • 2005 NJ 14.1 Championship
  • 2005 Hard Times 9-ball Winner
  • 2005 Reno Open Champion
  • 2005 WPC Second Runner-up
  • 2004 Asian Games, Silver Medal Winner
  • 2004 WPC, 5th Place
  • 2004 World 8-Ball Championships, Runner-up
  • 2004 World Pool Masters, 9th Place
  • 2003 Corporate Billiards League
  • 2003 WPC, 17th Place
  • 2002 IBC Tokyo 9-Ball International, 5th Place
  • 2001 World Games, Silver Medal Winner
  • 2000 Asian Snooker, Champion

Trivia[edit]

  • The surname Manalo is Tagalog, meaning "to win."
  • Not many pool players from the Philippines have graduated from college (some have NOT even completed high school). Manalo, however, has a degree in economics.[6]
  • Marlon Manalo was elected as Barangay Captain in his hometown of Mandaluyong City in the recently concluded October 2010 Barangay Elections.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sports 123: Snooker: Men: World Games". Sports 123. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Efren Wins!". AzBilliards.com. October 1, 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  3. ^ "Marlon Manalo Wins 2005 New Jersey Straight Pool Championships", AZBilliards.com, 2005; accessed February 11, 2007
  4. ^ "Corteza cops title; Rañola tops ladies". AzBilliards.com. April 1, 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Marlon Manalo Eyeing World Ten Ball Crown After Winning National Pool". AzBilliards.com. September 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  6. ^ Manalo Article

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