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Bustamante at an event, ca. 2007
Francisco Bustamante (born December 29, 1963, Philippines) is a Filipino professional pocket billiards (pool) player from Tarlac, Central Luzon and the 2010 World Nine-ball Champion, nicknamed "Django", after the lead character of the film of the same name, and sometimes also called "Bustie", especially in the United States.
Bustamante is the youngest of eight siblings. People in his vicinity nicknamed him "Django" because of his scrappy nature and the way he often appeared with a cigarette in his mouth reminded them of the movie character of that name. The character was portrayed by an Italian actor. Their father made a living through building toilets and planting rice, and Bustamante engaged himself in the activities also. His life in pool began when he worked in his sister's pool hall, racking and spotting balls on the tables. When the patrons leave and the place closes for the night, the young Bustamante would grab a stick and practice alone.
He never completed high school and has been concentrating in pocket billiards from 10 years of age. He quoted:
- "Magaling ako noon pa at 1975 pa halos hindi nanatatalo sa aming lugar kaya naglibot ako, una sa buong Luzon tapos sa buong bansa na para lamang kumita ng pera." ("I was great before and in 1975 I mostly don't lose in my hometown thus I started travelling, first in the entire Luzon then the entire country just to make some money.")
After some success in the Philippines, Bustamante moved to Germany where stayed for more than a decade, competing in a number of tournaments in Europe.
Bustamante has been playing since the age of ten, and has won titles such as the Munich Masters, The German Nine-ball Championship, and the Japan Nine-ball Championship, making him one of billiards' greatest international stars.
With his win in Tulsa, Bustamante locked up the 1998 Camel Pro Billiards Series year-long point fund's top spot. He then finished the season in record breaking style, winning the Columbus 10-Ball Open and becoming the first player to win three Camel titles in one season. His Columbus 10-Ball title also completed the first ever Camel trifecta, with titles in each of the three games contested on the Camel Pro Billiards Series: eight-ball, nine-ball and ten-ball. Known for his style at the table and behind-the-back shots, Bustamante is one of the best Filipino players of the game along with fellow Kapampangan Efren Reyes, Marlon Manalo and Ronato Alcano. He also holds the world record for having the most powerful break shot.
In 1999, Bustamante finished 3rd place in the WPA World Nine-ball Championship after losing to Efren Reyes who later won it. Months later, he won the International Challenge of Champions. He won that tournament again three years later.
The next year, Bustamante won the Motolite 9-ball Tournament, an event held in the Philippines, at the expense of Antonio Lining. The victory earned him $30K which was the largest first prize offered in a Philippine-held tournament at that time (this was later surpassed when Alcano won $100K in the 2006 WPA World Nine-ball Championship which was held in that country).
The year 2002 was probably the coldest year for Bustamante, especially considering his experience at the World Pool Championships. While the tournament was still going on, Bustamante was most shocked when he received a phone call from his wife informing him that his daughter, who was less than a year old, had died. Devastated by this, Bustamante strongly considered forfeiting his contention at the tournament to return to the Philippines but some people around convinced him to go on.
On his way to the final, Bustamante bested Antonio Lining in the last 16, Efren Reyes in the quarter finals and Ching Shun Yang in semis. In the final, he met Earl Strickland, the 2-time winner of the tournament. Bustamante was leading most of the time and could have won the title. At one point, he went for a jump shot but missed. Strickland returned to the table and won three racks in a row to win the match 17-15.
His loss in the finals of the World Championship was most definitely a big blow to him because his lack of focus on the match cost him the tournament. Later on, however, Bustamante regained momentum and began winning more tournaments.
Bustamante won the Peninsula Nine-ball Open, Gabriel's Las Vegas International Nine-ball tournament, the IBC Tokyo Nine-ball International and the All Japan Nine-ball Championship. He even won the Sudden Death Seven-ball tournament and dedicated the victory to his daughter, whom he had tragically lost. With such a string of victories, he became the AZBilliards 2002 Player of the Year.
Bustamante also won the tournament called the World Pool League in 2004 where he defeated the then world nine-ball champion Alex Pagulayan. He reached the finals of that event in 2001 but was bested by Steve Knight of Great Britain.
For 2007, he was ranked #7 in Pool & Billiard Magazine's "Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players" poll.
He competed in the 2008 World Straight Pool Championship as the Philippines' only entry. This was his first-ever participation in straight pool event. In the end, he finished at 2nd place behind Niels Feijen, the tournament winner.
In 2010, Bustamante again reached the finals of the World Nine-ball Championship. Unlike his first final eight years ago, fate did not deny him. Bustamante won the match and the title against Taiwan's Kuo Po-cheng, a second-placer in the 2005 event.
On July 27, 2010, Francisco Bustamante, along with Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart who are founders of the American Pool Players Association (APA), were elected to the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame. In this, Bustamante would become the second player from the Philippines after Efren Reyes to be added. The three were inducted on October 21, 2010.
on June 15, 2008, Efren Reyes, Francisco "Django" Bustamante and 2007 Women's Amway World Pool Championships finalist, Rubilen "Bingkay" Amit, will begin photography and had been cast to star with American Jennifer Barretta in and independent film, 9-Ball, at Universal Studios. This movie will be directed and produced by Main Street Production's Anthony Palma, with Ralph Clemente as executive producer.
Titles and achievements
- 2002 AZBilliards Player of the Year interview with Bustamante
- Ted Lerner (October 2010). "One of a Kind". Billiards Digest. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
- Eddie Alinea (July 9, 2010). "Django's win a realization of a lifetime dream". PhilBoxing.com. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
- "Bustamante wins Challenge of Champions". AzBilliards.com. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
- Interview with Francisco Bustamante, AzBilliards.com. Retrieved June 18, 2007
- 2002 AzBilliards Men's Player of the Year, Francisco Bustamante, AzBilliards.com. Retrieved June 18, 2007
- "Bustamante Takes First League Title". AzBilliards.com. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
- Bustamante Wins US Pro Tour Championship at Normandie Casino, AzBilliards.com. Retrieved June 18, 2007
- "The Survey Says...: Pool & Billiard Magazine's 22nd Annual Player and Fan Poll". Pool & Billiard Magazine. Vol. 26 no. 2. Summerville, South Carolina: Sports Publications. February 2008. p. 14. ISSN 1049-2852.
- "Bustamante Headlines Alternates at Predator World 14.1 Championship". AzBilliards.com. 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- AzB Staff (July 5, 2010). "Francisco Bustamante Wins World Crown". AzBilliards.com. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- Press Release (July 27, 2010). "Francisco Bustamante, Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart Gain BCA Hall of Fame Election". AzBilliards.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
- AzB Staff (October 21, 2010). "BCA Hall of Fame Inductees Honored". AzBilliards.com. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
- "DCC 2013 Master of the Table". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- "DCC 2013 9B Banks Div.". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- "Southern Cl. 2013 9-Ball Ring Gm". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- "4th Chet Itow Memorial". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- "4th White Diamond 9-Ball". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
- "NJ State 10-Ball C'Ship". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
- "Mezz Pro Am Tour 2013 #9". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- "West Coast Challenge One Pocket Event". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "West Coast Challenge 10-Ball Event". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "World 9B C'ship 2010". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "Japan Open 2010 Men's Div.". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
- "Asia vs Europe Chall. Match". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
- "Chuck Markulis Mem. 2008". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved October 10, 2010.
- "World Cup of Pool 2009". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
- "42nd All Japan Championship". cuesports.org.tw. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
- "DCC 2008 Master of the Table". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved January 13, 2008.
- "Blaze Tour 2008 #15". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved August 31, 2008.
- "Blaze Tour 2008 #14". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved August 24, 2008.
- "HTB Jamboree 2007 1P Div.". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved June 24, 2007.
- "HTB Jamboree 2007 9B Div.". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved June 21, 2007.
- "UPA US Pro Tour C'ship 2007". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved April 1, 2007.
- "World Cup of Pool 2006". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved August 26, 2006.
- "Masters C'ship 2005". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved July 31, 2005.
- "All Filipino Billiards Open". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved February 27, 2005.
- "Francisco Bustamante". Propool.info.
- "Turning Stone V". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved August 21, 2005.
- "World Pool League 2004". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved October 24, 2004.
- "PP Tour 2004 #11 Open Div.". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved September 5, 2004.
- "Challenge of Champions 2003". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved August 14, 2003.
- "Joss Tour 2002-03 #16". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved February 9, 2003.
- "Joss Tour 2002-03 #15". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved February 2, 2003.
- "Joss Tour 2003-04 #2". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved September 14, 2003.
- "Django racks it up anew, captures All-Japan crown". philstar.com. Retrieved November 26, 2002.
- "IBC Tokyo 9-Ball Int'l 2002". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved November 10, 2002.
- "IBC Tour Munich Open 2003". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved June 1, 2002.
- "Sudden Death 7B 2002". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved October 9, 2002.
- "Gabriels Las Vegas Invitational". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved August 23, 2002.
- "Peninsula Open 2002". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved August 11, 2002.
- "Motolite World 9 ball Chall.". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved June 11, 2002.
- "World Pool Masters 2001". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved September 2, 2001.
- "Turning Stone II". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved May 6, 2001.
- "Joss Tour 2001-02 #1". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved October 7, 2001.
- "1st Motolite International 9B C'ship". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved February 19, 2000. Check date values in:
- "World Pool Masters 1998". Azbilliards.com. Retrieved August 30, 1998. Check date values in:
- Francisco Bustamante Matches
- Francisco Bustamante on cover of Inside Pool Magazine
- Francisco Bustamante image gallery at Inside Pool Magazine
- Inside Pool Magazine Interview with Francisco Bustamante at Derby City Classic
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