JOSE ‘Amang’ Parica has been enshrined in the Billiards Congress of America (BCA) Hall of Fame, becoming the third Filipino to make the list of legends in the sport.
Parica, widely regarded as one of the first Filipino pool artists to break into the rich US pool circuit, was named to the Greatest Player wing of the BCA Hall of Fame.
The 65-year-old Parica was already well-known in the US during the mid-80s long before Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes and Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante took the American pool scene by storm.
Reyes, who figured in several one-on-one matches with Parica, was the first Filipino to be inducted in the BCA Hall of Fame in 2003 before being joined by Bustamante in 2010.
“It has been a long time to wait,” said Parica in an interview with AZBilliards.com. “For many years, I didn’t think the people from the BCA knew who I was. I was always asked about my record. I won many major tournaments in the US.
“They commented about my gambling, but what pool player doesn’t gamble? But it is a great honor,” said Parica.
Parica was joined by former world champion Mika Immonen of Finland in the Class of 2014.