A memory of true love for ‘billiards’ in the Philippines

A memory of true love for ‘billiards’ in the Philippines

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This photo of a pool table on top of a mountain was just sent to me with the question: how’s your altitude sickness?

It reminded me of the moment when I was somewhere close to Batad, the Philippines, in January 2014. I actually was on top of a mountain where only a few wooden houses were built and I found this ‘billiards’ table in one of them. True love for the game can be found in this country. I use the word ‘billiards’, because ‘pool’ is (also) a totally different game in the Philippines. So, the first time I said I’ve played pool with the great Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante, people got a little confused. Pool is played on a square wooden table, which is able to rotate so that you don’t have to walk around the table, with 4 pockets. It’s played with wooden discs and a cue made from wood with an iron tip.

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About Pepijn de Wit

An adventurous pool player from the Netherlands who’s a croupier and curious cultural anthropologist in need of knowledge to understand the world around him, goes by the name Pepijn de Wit. He values experiences more than anything and wants to see, and learn as much of the world as possible before leaving it. Hustling, the most charming and dark element of pool, would therefore not be his trade, although it would make it easier for him to stop mind-traveling while surfing the internet due to a lack of money. He applauds cultural diversity, the ambitious, the graceful, and the open-minded. His ambitions are big, his dreams even bigger. He’s a One Pocket lover, tournament director of the One Pocket Series, and pushes for One Pocket to take over and electrify Europe!