Efren Bata Reyes

Philippine pool legend Efren “Bata” Reyes all through the lads’s 1 cushion carom match within the 30th Southeast Asian Video games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The magic will have waned, however the legend lives on.

Efren ‘Bata Reyes stays some of the best attracts in Philippine sports activities even on the age of 65 as proven within the fresh 30th Southeast Asian Video games.

The long-lasting pool participant with the charismatic smile nonetheless packed them in and used to be simply probably the most wanted member of the lads’s billiards and snooker group.

Reyes, along with his deteriorating eyesight, best settled for a bronze within the males’s carom (1 cushion) – now not precisely his puppy match – all through the biennial meet however however, used to be an inspiring presence within the group successful a complete of 12 medals, 4 of them had been golds.

For all his greatness, ‘The Magician’ has but to overcome the SEA Video games the place his best end used to be a bronze, 5 instances to be precise, and they all in males’s carom.

But, that doesn’t diminish slightly what the Mexico, Pampanga delight has accomplished within the pool desk, the place he’s been universally stated as the best participant of all-time.

For that, Reyes is about to be venerated with a Lifetime Fulfillment Award by way of the Philippine Sportswriters Affiliation (PSA) all through the standard SMC-PSA Awards Evening on March 6 on the Centennial Corridor of the Manila Lodge.

On the similar time, ‘Bata’ will function particular visitor speaker all through the gala evening in a unprecedented serve as for a person identified for his few phrases. He become the second one directly athlete to grow to be visitor speaker within the match offered by way of the Philippine Sports activities Fee (PSC), MILO, Cignal TV, Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA), and Rain or Shine after Olympian Bea Lucero closing yr.

Group Philippines is the recipient of the coveted Athlete of the 12 months award from the rustic’s oldest media group for defying the chances and successful the entire championship of the SEA Video games.

Reyes by the way, used to be a three-time winner of the Athlete of the 12 months plum only given by way of the PSA in 1999, 2001, and 2006.

For the Lifetime Fulfillment Award, Reyes, whose humble beginnings and easy demeanor endeared him to the Filipino plenty, used to be a hands-down selection following the huge good fortune he accomplished each within the native and global degree.

The lengthy listing of honor come with being the most efficient participant to win global championships in two other pool disciplines, having reigned as each global eight-ball and global nine-ball champion, used to be the primary non-American to win the United States Open 9-Ball Championship, become the inaugural winner of the Global Cup of Pool in tandem with excellent good friend Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante, stated because the winningest participant within the historical past of the Annual Derby Town Vintage with 5 titles, and received the most important prize cash within the historical past of pocket billiards after topping the IPT Global Open 8-Ball Championship value $500Okay.

Identified for his mythical skill to ‘kick protected’ the ball, Reyes crowned the billiards cash listing 5 instances, together with a document profits of $646Okay in 2006.

Whilst nonetheless lively, he used to be already inducted into the Billiard Congress of The usa’s Corridor of Repute in 2003.

Remaining yr, the PSA venerated bowling nice Bong Coo and biking champion Paquito Rivas with the Lifetime Fulfillment Award.

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