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