The World’s No. 1 Pool Player is a Mindorenean!

The 48-year old Filipino from Mindoro named Antonio Lining was now confirmed to be the best pool player in the world. This was according to Ian Anderson, the president of the World Pool-Billiard Association. He was also expecting Lining to overtake Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante. 

According to Anderson, the champion of the Philippine Open will get 500 ranking points. The second placer will get 400, while the semifinalists are likely to get around 320 to 300.

Lining, part of the Philippine men’s doubles team that won the gold medal in the 2002 Busan Asian Games along with Bustamante, is expected to gain at least 300 points.

Prior to this latest campaign, Lining had a total of 1210 points, only 82 points behind Bustamanate, who didn’t play in the WPA event.

Lining’s climb to the top spot came even after he lost badly to eventual runner-up Ralf Souquet of Germany, 9-0, in their crossover semifinals match.



Antonio Lining (born May 9, 1963 in Mindoro, Philippines) is a Filipino pool player, nicknamed “Nikoy.” He is one of the few left-handed Asian players.

Lining’s most notable appearance was in the Motolite International Nine-ball Tournament in 2000, where he finished second to Francisco Bustamante. Prior to that final, Lining bested Efren Reyes in the quarter-finals.

At the 2002 Busan Asian Games, Lining and Bustamante won the gold medal at the nine-ball doubles event.

From there, he has only made small appearances in later events and had some success, especially in events that were held in Japan


Lito Camo : Singer and Songwriter

Carlito F.Camo also known as Lito Camo (born March 12, 1972) is a Filipino singer and songwriter. He established his reputation more solidly as a composer instead of being a singer which was his initial dream. He is known for songs such as “Bakit Papa? Tawag mo ako?”, “Spaghetti Song”, “Bulaklak”, “Wowowee” and “Otso-Otso”. In the roster of artists and musician, Lito found inspiration in Ely Buendia of the Eraserheads. Lito Camo was a native of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro.

His debut album entitled Sino Camo? was released on 1997 with “Kung Ikaw” and “Hey Babe” as the album’s singles. His first single catapulted Lito to where he is now today. The album was followed by Ano Camo? but did not sell as well.

His family and friends did not believe his initial success as a recording artist. They came to believe it after seeing him on TV. Though, his dream was to become a singer but opportunity paid him much better as a composer.

Known for his novelty hits, he is dubbed as reigning king of the novelty songs. He turned artists into an instant sensation because of his songs. This include Sexbomb Dancers, Bayani Agbayani, Viva Hotbabes, Willie Revillame, Masculados, April Boy, Angelike Jones, Ai-Ai de las Alas, Sandara Park, K & the Boxers, Manny Pacquiao and many more.
A composer cannot just be a composer forever, this what Lito think as he shifted onto himself and released his 3rd album entitled, Ako Naman.
Camo is now a mainstay of a new sitcom, Show Me Da Manny on GMA Channel 7, together with his fellow friend, boxer Manny Pacquiao.


Ejay Falcon PBB WINNER 2008!!!

Ejay Falcon, born November 21, 1989 in Oriental Mindoro, is an official housemate in the second season of Pinoy BigBrother Teen Edition. This handsome lad is 6 feet tall loves to play basketball and billiards. Ejay was a student in University of Manila during that time. He was dubbed the “Promdi Hottie” ng Mindoro.

At first glance, Ejay doesn’t look the typical promdi for he moves in a smooth and urbane manner. But as one gets to know him, the truth about his hometown begins to show, not that he tries to hide it.
This shy lad from Oriental Mindoro speaks with straight and clear Tagalog, with a taint of Mindorenyo and a Visayan accent. Ejay grew up in the island of Pola where there is a scarcity of water and electricity, and watching TV Patrol and primetime teleseryes from the community TV, the only form of entertainment for the residents.
Despite his timid ways acquired from his rural origins and strict Christian upbringing, Ejay is courageous and determined, ready to take on anything just to free his family from the poverty that ruined his parents’s marriage.

He dreams big for his family that even if he is granted one wish, he did not ask for fame but for his family to be together again. He is hopeful that Pinoy Big Brother is the first big step to realizing this dream.


Meet Ginaw Bilog, the Pride of Mindoro

Who is Ginaw Bilog?
Ginaw Bilog is a Hanunoo Mangyan poet from Mansalay, Oriental
Mindoro. He is considered as a master of the Ambahan poetry. This wisdom is his key to the understanding of the Mangyan soul. In 1993, he was given the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan award.

He grew up in such a cultural environment. Already steeped in the wisdom that the ambahan is a key to the understanding of the Mangyan soul, Ginaw took it upon himself to continually keep scores of ambahan poetry recorded, not only on bamboo tubes but on old, dog-eared notebooks passed on to him by friends.

Most treasured of his collection are those inherited from his father and grandfather, sources of inspiration and guidance for his creative endeavors.

The Ambahan Poets

As mentioned earlier, Ginaw had won an award because of his dedication to preserve the ambahan poetry. But in the first place, what is ambahan?

Ambahan is a poetic literary form composed of seven-syllable lines used to convey messages through metaphors and images. The ambahan is sung and its messages range from courtship, giving advice to the young, asking for a place to stay, saying goodbye to a dear friend and so on. Such an oral tradition is common place among indigenous cultural groups but the ambahan has remained in existence today chiefly because it is etched on bamboo tubes using ancient Southeast Asian, pre-colonial script called surat Mangyan. The ambahan is just one of those evidences that even before the arrival of the Spaniards, Filipinos already have a system of writing. One important thing to remember about the ambahan texts inscribed on bamboos is that they are left along forest trails to greet strangers or guide travelers. And Bilog, in essence, has been consistent with this aspect of ambahan tradition.


The GAMABA Awardee

In 1993, Ginaw Bilog received the ‘Manlilikha ng Bayan’ Award by the GAMABA or the National Living Treasure Awards. The term ‘Manlilikha ng Bayan’ refers to a (Filipino) citizen or group of citizens engaged in any traditional art uniquely Filipino whose distinctive skills have reached such a high level of technical and artistic excellence.

When Bilog received his award in 1993, he was dressed in typical Mangyan garb of loincloth and a blue type of jacket, wearing as well an easy smile. This same image of him was seen at Luneta by students and other visitors at the Dayaw: Philippine Cultural Communities Arts Festival held at Rizal Park, Manila from December 3 to 9 in 2001. He was among the estimated 400 traditional artists, craftsmen, scholars, and cultural practitioners from 38 cultural communities, including the Aeta, Aklanon, Bagobo, Bicolano, Cebuano, Gaddang, Ilocano, Ivatan, Maguindanao, Tagalog, T’boli, and the Yakan brought together for the festival, freely interacting with visitors, showing them how engraving the “ambahan” onto the skin of bamboos was done.



On June 3, 2003, Ginaw died at the age of 50 because of a lingering illness. Before he died, he had established the School of Living Traditions (SLT). An SLT is one where a living master/culture bearer or culture specialist, in this case, Bilog, imparts to a group of young people (from the same ethno-linguistic community) the skills and techniques of doing a traditional art or craft. The establishment of the SLT is in response to the UNESCO declaration that there should be two approaches to the preservation of cultural heritage: one is to record it in a tangible form and conserve it in archives; the other is to preserve it in a living form by ensuring its transmission to the next generations. The SLT addresses the second approach.

The Filipinos are grateful to the Hanunoo Mangyan for having preserved a distinctive heritage form our ancient civilization that colonial rule had nearly succeeded in destroying. The nation is justifiably proud of Ginaw Bilog for vigorously promoting the elegantly poetic art of the surat Mangyan and the ambahan.




Natives behind the Century “Mangyan”

The Mangyans were the only inhabitants of Mindoro before they were driven from the coasts into the mountainous areas by invading Tagalogs. They are a mixture of Austronesians, proto-Malays, Indian settlers and Malays. They once populated the whole island including the coasts. Since 150 years they have by and by been driven to the mountainous areas of the island by invading Tagalog settlers. Today their settlements can be found mainly in central cordillera and in secluded areas of Oriental Mindoro. There are now about 50,000 Mangyans living in Oriental Mindoro. The term Mangyan is a generic name for the diverse groups inhabiting the mountains and foothills. Individually, the groups identify themselves by other names.

“Mangyan” is a collective name of uncertain origin for several tribes of which the main groups are:
ALANGAN 6,000 to 7,000 (1991 SIL). North central Mindoro, around Mt. Halcon
IRAYA 10,000 (1991 OMF). Northern Mindoro from Baco to Mamburao
BUHID (BUKIL, BANGON, BATANGAN) 8,000 . Southern Mindoro
TADYAWAN (PULA, TADIANAN, BALABAN) 2,000 . East central Mindoro
HANUNOO (HANONOO) 10,000 to 12,000. Southern Oriental Mindoro

Some Mangyans in remote areas have conserved their traditional lifestyle – hunting with bows and arrows and gathering food. The majority though practices small-scale and self-supporting agriculture and exchange of products. Tagalog planters employ them for “dirty work” such as cleaning the plantations from unwanted plants or even converting forests into plantations – which contributes to further reduction of their habitats.

The Hanunoo tribe seems to be less affected by influences of the Tagalog speaking population – maybe also because their settlements in the mountains are located in an area dominated by the New People’s Army guerilla.

Most of them rely on planting rice, corn, vegetables and hunting wild animals to support their every day living. A male at age 16 can become a family man if he can build his own house. A house made up of coconut leaves, bamboo, tree for its pillar, and other materials.

During Christmas season, they go down to lowlands with some of their handicrafts to sell of exchange for anything such as clothes, foods and others.

A mangyan is very much willing and happy to give their live chicken in exchange for a can of sardines. For them, sardines is a very special food.


Mangyan Tribes – Oriental Mindoro

The province’s existing ethnic tribal groups, the Mangyans, are gentle and withdrawn people but many of them have managed to integrate into the cultural mainstream, largely in the municipalities of Mansalay, Baco, Puerto Galera, Roxas, and Bongabong.

The Mangyan tribe consists of various smaller tribes like the Iraya, Alangan, and Tadwanan. They are skilled weavers and craftsmen, producing intricate tribal finery, including baskets, mats, and other items, both functional and aesthetic.