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Did you ever think you’d go home with the victory in the biggest tournament in all of pool?
Every player dreams of winning that at a point in their career, and I was one of those na nananalangin na sana manalo ako kahit isang beses lang. But coming into the tournament I wasn’t expecting anything, kasi alam ko na magagaling lahat ang makakalaban ko. And to win in that caliber, you don’t just need the skill but yung suwerte rin, at nagkataong sa akin umambon yung suwerte nung World Pool.

You were on the brink of being eliminated at the group stages. What were you thinking at that point?
Wala na. I was thinking na laglag na talaga ako. I lost my first two matches so nung pangatlong laro iniisip ko nang balewala na yun. Ipinagkalat ko na nga sa lahat na out na ako. Then on the day of my last match, my handler told me that kailangan ko raw manalo ng eight racks to two para makapasok ako sa Round of 64. Siyempre mahirap pa rin yun kaya I was thinking na manalo man para akong susuot sa butas ng karayom.

But you did exactly that, thanks to your sudden affinity to the slow break.
I started using that nung pangatlong laro nga, I wanted to try something different. When I first tried it, I realized I had a better chance of emptying the table. I had the control of the cue ball kaya I decided to stick with it until the finals.