Francisco "Django" Bustamante and Antonio "Nickoy" Lining of the Philippines joined Johnny "The Scorpion" Archer and "The Little Monster" Kuo Po-cheng of Chinese-Taipei in the semifinal round of the 2010 World Pool Championships (World 9-Ball) after beating their quarterfinal foes early Monday morning (Manila time) at the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation hall in Doha, Qatar.
Bustamante, the top player of Puyat Sports, beat countryman Francisco Felicilda, 11-5, in the quarterfinals while Lining edged compatriot Oliver Medenilla,11-10, to advance to the next round.
Archer nipped Sandor Tot of Serbia,11-6, and Kuo upset former 9-ball and 8-ball world champion Ronato "Volcano" Alcano of the Philippines, 11-5 .
For reaching the semi-final round, Bustamante, Lining, Archer and Kuo are already assured of at least $10,000 in this tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiards Association (WPA).
On the road to the final four, the Tarlac City native Bustamante defeated Ko Pin-yi of Chinese-Taipei, 11-8, in the round-of-32 then subdued countryman Marlon 'Marvelous" Manalo, 11-6, in the round-of-16 late Sunday.
The Calapan Oriental Mindoro ace Lining, meanwhile, nipped Nguyen P. Long of Vietnam, 11-6, in the round-of-32 and beat Dimitri Jungo of Switzerland, 11-8, in the round-of-16, respectively.
The Atlanta, Georgia bet Archer bested Bruno Muratore of Italy, 11-7, in the round-of-32 then ousted Jason Klat of Canada, 11-8, in the round-of-16, in order.
Kuo from Taiwan turned back Ibrahim Bin Amir of Malaysia,11-10, in the round-of-32 and compatriot Yang Ching-shun in the round-of-16.
The Filipino campaign in Doha is backed up by Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines (BMPAP) headed by Aristeo "Putch" Puyat, Ceferino "Perry" Mariano and Jonathan "Bacolod" Sy.
Puyat is the president of Puyat Sports, Mariano is the president of Bugsy Promotions and Sy is the president of the Negros Billiards Stable (NBS).