THE legendary Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes and Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante, along with Dennis Orcollo and Lee Vann Corteza composed the two Philippine teams entered in the World Cup of Pool on September 4 to 9 at Robinsons Midtown Mall in Manila.
Reyes and Bustamante will be gunning for their third crown after winning the tournament in 2006 and 2009, respectively, while Orcollo hopes to make a return trip to the finals after finishing second in 2010, with a different partner in Corteza this time.
Orcollo and Corteza are actually the second-seeded team in the tournament behind defending champion Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohman.
Reyes and Bustamante are seeded eight.
Reyes and Bustamante failed in their bid last year when they were dispatched by Souquet and Hohman in the quarterfinals.
Orcollo and Ronnie Alcano were also eliminated in the quarterfinals when they bowed to Ko Pin-yi and Ko Ping-chun of Chinese Taipei.
The Philippines is among 13 Asian teams represented in the tournament. Others include China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Souquet and Hohman of Germany are one of the 15 European teams in the meet aside from Austria, Belguim, Croatia, England, Finland, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Alex Pagulayan will be representing Canada as he will team up with John Morra.
Australia, Kuwait and the United States are also in the tournament.