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SPetty
08-04-2006, 06:45 AM
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CLEAN LIVING
8-ball champ Hohmann a Filipino at heart


By Manolo Iñigo
Inquirer
Last updated 04:40am (Mla time) 08/04/2006

Published on page A26 of the August 4, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

FROM THE blond hair to the prominent nose, new world 8-ball champion Thorsten “The Hitman” Hohmann looks every inch a German. But do you know that he is also a Filipino by heart and considers the Philippines a place like home? Hohmann speaks a smattering of Tagalog and loves to eat steamed rice with chicken and pork adobo. His German uncle is married to a Filipina.

The 27-year-old Hohmann has visited the country a few times, the last in June 2005, when he took part in the rich Philippine International Open 9-Ball tournament that was organized by cable TV network Solar Sports and sports patron Aristeo “Putch” Puyat, with whom Hohmann has developed a strong friendship.

For instance, after Puyat congratulated him on his recent nail-biting victory over Marlon Manalo in the International Pool Tour (IPT) 8-Ball Championship held in Las Vegas, Hohmann texted back, “Maraming salamat, Mr. Puyat. I feel a little sorry for Marlon. He deserved the title as much as I do. A big thank to you and to my favorite country (the Philippines) here from Vegas. --Thorsten.”

Born on July 14, 1979 in Fulda, Germany, the soft-spoken Hohmann started playing pool in 1992. He had tried almost every kind of sports from football to table tennis, but he eventually discovered that billiards best suited him.

“I fell in love with the game,” he said. “I focused on improving my technique and learning everything it takes to be a world champion.”

On the evening of July 20, 2003, Hohmann became a world champion by winning -- as a rank outsider -- the World Pool 9-Ball Championship in Cardiff, Wales, defeating another long shot, Canada-based Filipino Alex Pagulayan, in the finals. “I couldn’t believe it,” he recalled.

When he’s in Germany, Hohmann divides his time between his home in Fulda and his flat in Cologne. Following his World Pool victory, Hohmann now gets invited to big-time tournaments. Together with fellow Germans Ralf Souquet and Oliver Ortmann, who are both former world champions, Hohmann practically lives in a suitcase, traveling from one big event to another across Europe and around the world.

“I get a lot of experience out of my invitations now,” he once told this writer during an interview at the Robinsons Galleria Mall in Mandaluyong City. “If you want to beat the best, you have to play against them many times.”

This quiet German is no stranger to 8-ball. He is a two-time European champion in straight pool and 8-ball. Hohmann was reserved and confident in this year’s IPT Tour finals. “I really felt confident. I had a good night’s sleep and woke up full of confidence.”

On the other hand, Manalo, who was still grieving the recent death of his father, said his best efforts were simply not good enough. “I just couldn’t get going. Sayang, but I gave it all for my country,” explained the 30-year-old former snooker specialist from Mandaluyong City.

He won the second prize of $99,000 (about P5.1 million), still much more than he had won in previous international campaigns.

Two other Filipinos made the Final 6. Dennis Orcollo, 27, of Bislig, Surigao del Norte, copped third place and earned $80,000, while pre-tournament favorite and former champion Efren “Bata” Reyes bagged fourth and pocketed $65,000. The rest of the 13-man RP contingent all finished in the money, with Francisco “Django” Bustamante, Alex Pagulayan, Rodolfo Luat and Ronnie Alcano winning $30,000 each. Antonio Lining and US-based Santos Simbajon bagged $17,000 each.

Billiards and Snooker Congress of the Philippines president Ernesto Fajardo praised the performance of the 13-man Philippine team. He said the fact that three Filipinos finished 2-3-4 in a field of 200 top-flight players proved to the world that the Philippines is a force to reckon with in this sport.

The Filipinos are also tops when it comes to camaraderie. In cash-rich competitions, most players behave like lone wolves when they are not playing. Not the Filipinos, who are always seen together. This is very unusual, said an American billiards organizer. “This kind of team spirit and camaraderie is pretty new to the American scene.”

Reyes, who won the first leg of this year’s Asian Tour, will be back in action at the resumption of the 2006 San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, starting today. Also in the RP team are second leg winner Ramil Gallego, Bustamante, Luat and Gandy Valle. “Son of Pool” Yang Ching-sun of Chinese-Taipei won last year’s Kaohsiung stop.



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wolfdancer
08-04-2006, 09:32 AM
Kind of like JFK when he said "Ich bein ein Berliner."
He meant "Ich bein Berliner" of course.
Bush would fit the "bein ein..." more, as it translates to "I am a jelly donut"
Sure this reply is about pool...just drawing a comparision between Hohmann and JFK....and threw in Bush and a jelly donut

Deeman3
08-04-2006, 09:56 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr> Kind of like JFK when he said "Ich bein ein Berliner."
He meant "Ich bein Berliner" of course.
Bush would fit the "bein ein..." more, as it translates to "I am a jelly donut" <font color="blue"> Wolf, look at the difference of the times. Out of polite society, no one in Germany or the U.S. made any comments about this mistake in JFK's statement. Not that he was a Democrat but just the difference of the way every sigh and misslip is now magnified and covered. </font color>
Sure this reply is about pool...just drawing a comparision between Hohmann and JFK....and threw in Bush and a jelly donut <font color="blue">It may be an aquired skill, to tie in wierd stuff but we know you are a born natural at it. We would not have your left leaning heart any other way... /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif </font color>

Deeman
Ich bin eine Grosse Arshlock.....aber eine Sauber Arshlock....

Deeman3
08-04-2006, 09:59 AM
SPetty,

If you think about it, that's all we need, another world class player claiming to be Filipino, like the 12 or so world beaters they already have now are not enough. Did you see Django and Efern on TV yesterday, they looked like kids (except the pool).

Deeman

wolfdancer
08-04-2006, 10:12 AM
Dee, I don't speak German, french, Spanish, etc (is french supposed to be capitolized?)....I am in the middle though of a free trial of the Babylon text/word translation app.
It's on my other computer ....now I'll get the chance to use it......
[ QUOTE ]
We would not have your left leaning heart any other way... <hr /></blockquote>
My heart is on the right side.....the left

sofy60
08-04-2006, 01:33 PM
wow thats a leap .. his uncle is married to a filipina..
I largely doubt non filipino people feel that poverty stricken phillipines is there favorite place at heart.

mvdw
08-08-2006, 08:12 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr>...
The Filipinos are also tops when it comes to camaraderie. In cash-rich competitions, most players behave like lone wolves when they are not playing. Not the Filipinos, who are always seen together. This is very unusual, said an American billiards organizer. &amp;#8220;This kind of team spirit and camaraderie is pretty new to the American scene.&amp;#8221;
<hr /></blockquote>
That´s one way to look at it, although it seems only logical to me. These guys are a long way from home. How would a bunch of americanos behave if they went around the world playing tournaments, mostly in countries where nobody speaks their language etc etc. probably exactly the same.

Ace
08-10-2006, 09:16 PM
There is just something I like about Filipinos! I have been keeping up with all the Filipino players for several years now. I now have all the Filipino TV chanels to help me keep up with current events in the Philippines. Trying to learn Tagalog is my newest task.

Deeman3
08-11-2006, 05:36 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Ace:</font><hr> There is just something I like about Filipinos! I have been keeping up with all the Filipino players for several years now. I now have all the Filipino TV chanels to help me keep up with current events in the Philippines. Trying to learn Tagalog is my newest task. <hr /></blockquote> <font color="blue">

Ace,

Wait, might there be a damn good reason you like Filipinos?????? /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Nice talking to you the other night. I can't wait for Derby City again. </font color>

Take Care


DeeMan