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Thumbs up Why Me? - 01-04-2018, 08:17 PM




Why Me?

A conversation with a friend last night reminded me of an article I did way back.
The post came to mind when my friend asked me the question:
"Why me? I cannot believe it! I hope it is not a mistake." 🐺

The question was very similar to that asked by Filipino Invasion's
Efren Bata Reyes when Time Magazine included him in its November 13, 2006
special anniversary issue - “60 Years of Asian Heroes.”
Efren uttered two words when he heard the news. Just two: Bakit ako? (Why me?) 🙏

For those not in the know, Time Magazine’s special anniversary issue
paid tribute to the remarkable men and women who have shaped those times then.

And without further ado, here is the article in its entirety. It was penned
by Mr. Bob Guerrero.

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Efren Reyes: Pool isn’t merely a beer-hall amusement.
It’s a path to the top by Bob Guerrero



Crime, entertainment or professional sports are the more traditional paths
followed by those seeking an escape from poverty. Thankfully for the Philippines
and the game of pool, Efren Reyes opted for the third of these routes.
It might not have been the case – growing up dirt poor in Angeles City, Pampanga,
presents a man with countless ways to go awry. But Reyes possessed
so miraculous a talent that nothing, ultimately, could deviate him
from his true calling. 🎱

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At the age of nine, Reyes began hustling for pesos at a pool hall owned
by his uncle. Forty-two years later, he would collect the richest prize
the game had ever seen - $500,000 in the International Pool Tour (IPT)
World 8 Ball Championship in Reno, Nevada, which Reyes won in September.
Connecting those two events is a career trajectory that moves
in only one direction: up. ☝️

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Reyes has won almost every major title, leveraging a repertoire of creative shots
that is as legendary as his genial temperament. Humble, soft-spoken
and flashing a toothless smile, he is beloved even by his rivals:
in a poll during the last World Pool Championship, over half of the competitors
named his as their favorite player. 🏆

But he is especially idolized by impoverished Filipinos, to whom he is still Bata,
or “The Kid,” and the embodiment of their aspirations. They know, too,
that he has shared his winnings with needy friends and relatives. ❤️

These qualities have earned Reyes the kind of adulation normally reserved
for film stars. He has even featured in advertising campaigns
by the likes of McDonald’s and San Miguel Beer.
But if there’s one thing the man has been advertising since the day
he first picked up a cue, it’s this: the odds-defying ability of a poor Pinoy
to parlay hard work, skill and guile into fame, fortune and respect. 💪

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And we’re not done yet! Here is a copy of the letter submitted to
Time Magazine in response to the above-mentioned article.
The letter is from Jowana Balana Bueser of Laguna, Philippines.

As a young Filipina who has been seeking real heroes for a long time,
I could not have been more delighted when I saw four of my countrymen
in TIME's "60 Years of Asian Heroes" [Nov. 13]. We have had heroes
and will have more, despite the political and economic quagmire
in the Philippines. 🇵🇭️

It's true that Corazon Aquino did not have an amazing presidential term,
but People Power continues to inspire the world. Journalists Eugenia Apostol
and Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc feed the populace with balanced news
and fearless views.

Pool champion Efren Reyes is always a breath of fresh air.
While showing off seems to be the mantra of most sports superstars,
Reyes remains humble despite his legendary status. ❤️

These four heroes serve not only as inspiration but also warnings.
Would-be dictators, irresponsible journalists and show-off athletes
should be scared because they will only lose in the end. - Jowana Balana Bueser

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My thoughts? Efren Bata Reyes' skills made him unstoppable.
His character made him beloved. ❤️ And I kid you not! 👊 👊 👊 👊

A.K.


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01-04-2018, 08:41 PM

REALLY NICE POST!!

They only made one Bata and I consider myself lusky to be here at the same time to watch and admire him. He's one of the greatest players ever.
  
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01-04-2018, 08:45 PM

If you’re great.....and not a braggart....
...everybody else will do your bragging for you.

Funny....when Efren comes to mind, I should be thinking of all the great escapes he’s made...
....instead, the first thing that comes to mind is at a hotel he was staying at years ago...
....the maid looked sad as he was leaving and she was starting to clean the room...
....he slipped her $100

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Thumbs up 01-04-2018, 08:55 PM

Thank you, my friend!

And I second that! I sincerely believe that we are so lucky
to actually watch and see him play, and be with him in his journey.

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REALLY NICE POST!!

They only made one Bata and I consider myself lusky to be here at the same time to watch and admire him. He's one of the greatest players ever.


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Thumbs up 01-04-2018, 09:03 PM

Thank you for sharing, pt109!


That story reminds me of the time he sponsored the entry fee
of a fellow Filipino pool player who was a bit down on his luck.
It happens to the best of us, right?


No questions asked by Efren. No nothing.
Not a percentage or cut of winnings (if the pool player should rank or place
in the event). Efren just wished the player to play
- and perhaps win and possibly turn his luck / life around.


And that pool player placed well in the tour! And I kid you not!
(I forgot the name of that event, forgive me).


Who was the pool player Efren sponsored in that tour?
It was fellow Filipino Invasion's Leonardo "Dodong" Andam aka The Rattlesnake.

It is a true story. Dodong personally told me about it.


Truth be told, Efren's playing skills made him unstoppable.
His character made him beloved. By all.


A.K.

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If you’re great.....and not a braggart....
...everybody else will do your bragging for you.

Funny....when Efren comes to mind, I should be thinking of all the great escapes he’s made...
....instead, the first thing that comes to mind is at a hotel he was staying at years ago...
....the maid looked sad as he was leaving and she was starting to clean the room...
....he slipped her $100

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01-05-2018, 06:16 AM

Greatest of all time. We are all very fortunate to have witnessed the Magic for the last 30+ yrs.

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You are welcome, Tooler!

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01-12-2018, 10:12 AM

“Truth be told, Efren's playing skills made him unstoppable.
His character made him beloved. By all. “

This says it better than anything....


You see all the victorious fist pumps and primal-scream drama from the world at victory, I love the simple
“I got lucky” that Efren gives.

Says a lot to me about character


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A man is what he makes of himself.”
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01-12-2018, 02:58 PM

Efren Reyes is my favorite pool player by far.
thank you leslie for your comments
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01-13-2018, 02:57 AM

I'll second that. It is always nice to see Efren again. There may be players nowadays (much younger) that beat him now. But most of them don't even come close to his sportsmanlike behavior. It is a shame that great players like Shaw, Filler, Hatch and many others nowadays haven't learned from this gentleman. I am sure their advertising revenues might be higher if they also displayed so much style.
  
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