P-Noy congratulates Django, Julaton in Malacañang

July 12, 2010 10:36 pm 

MANILA, July 12 — President Benigno S. Aquino III congratulated on Monday two outstanding Filipino athletes who recently copped world titles in billiards and women’s boxing.

The President welcomed reigning 2010 World 9-ball champion Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante and World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight titleholder Anna “The Hurricane” Julaton during the duo’s courtesy call this afternoon at the Presidential Guest House of Malacanang.

The President received a cue stick from Bustamante who bested Taipei’s Kuo Po Chen, 13-7, in the finals of the 2010 World 9-ball tilt last July 6 in Doha, Qatar.

Bustamante, who finally captured the elusive title after nearly winning it in 2002, now eyes the US Open this October, the only title missing in his trophy collections.

Bustamante was accompanied to the Palace by his wife Milagros, billiards legend Efren “Bata” Reyes, and billiards godfather Aristeo Puyat.

Puyat said Bustamante and Reyes will represent the Philippines in the World Cup of Pool slated this September in Manila.

For her part, Julaton presented to President Aquino the Everlast boxing gloves she used in defeating Mexican Maria Elena Villalobos during their action-packed title bout last June 30 in Ontario, Canada.

The President told Julaton that his father, the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was also into boxing during his college days. (PNA)

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