Category Archives: Athlete

Shanelle Loraine

Shanelle Loraine wikipedia page is not up yet. 

The buzz around professional pool player Shanelle Loraine doesn’t seem to let up. Her obvious charm and class have helped Shanelle stay at the top of all pool players internet searches. But what is really known about the half Filipina beauty? There is not much more than the incomplete Bio’s and short interviews. We know that she was born March 25th, 1982 (which makes her an Aries) in Misawa, Japan and grew up in Guam. She stands at 5’1” and long dark brown hair with golden brown eyes. [ Definitely a pool hottie! ] She started playing pool in 2000 in florida. 

What about what Shanelle is doing in 2014! Will there be another “Battle Of The Beauties” by Dragon Promotions? Will another younger female pool player rise up and challenge Shanelle for the “Hottest Pool Player” title?

Maybe she will sign more endorsement deals like she did with Cream Silk.

Hopefully we get to see more of Shanelle in the near future as she is great for the game of pool. Much like Tiger Woods, Shanelle transcends her great professional pool stats. Her coverage outside of the pool world helps bring in new pool players. Which helps bring in more sponsorship money to professional events, not only for the women professionals but also the men. Shanelle’s interest in more than just 9 ball also helps bring attention to the many different games that are in the billiards world, like 10 ball and Trick Shots.

Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista was born in Washington. Donna Raye, his mother comes from a Greek background and his father, Dave Bautista Sr comes from Filipino descent. His parents separated when he was young, Dave Bautista spent a lot of his life in poverty. His father had to work as a taxi driver and as a barber just to support the family and he had a very hard life growing up. He witnessed three murders on his very front lawn. By the age of 13, he resorted to stealing cars.

By the age of 17, he became estranged from his parents and went to live on his own. He admitted in later life that he was very proud of his parents because he knew that they worked very hard and that they worked very honestly as well. He became a bouncer for a very brief period of time however he was arrested after a fist-fight that left two people injured. After a trial, he was sentenced with one year of probation. He then worked as a lifeguard, and eventually pursued a career in bodybuilding. He believes that his career in bodybuilding saved his life.

From the year 2000 onwards, he signed with WWE under the name Batista. He became a 6-time champion and he eventually won the world heavyweight title four times. He has the record for the longest reign of the championship and this is 282 days. He also won the tag team championship three times. He won it twice with Ric Flair and then once with John Cena. Shortly after, he won the 2005 Royal Rumble and even headlined Wrestlemania 21.

He is one of the most talented and highest grossing WWE stars of all time and a role model to thousands of WWE fans across the world.

Ricardo Brown  

Ricardo Brown is a former professional basketball player of Filipino descent. The Filipino-American was drafted by the Houston Rockets out of Pepperdine University, where he was a star player, in the third round. He was named the Southern California Player of the year in 1979 and All-West Coast, his Junior and Senior seasons.

Brown competed for his national team, the Philippine National Team-Northern Cement, in the 1980 Jones Cup. The Northern Cement team would go on to win the tournament, besting, Italy, Sweden, Taiwan and the United States.

After playing with the Northern Cement National Team, Ricardo joined the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the country’s professional league. He was a member of both the Great Taste Coffee Makers and San Miguel Beerman. Ricardo Brown was the first Filipino-American to play for the Philippine Basketball Associations as a ‘local.’ Brown excelled in the PBA. In his first year of play, he was the league’s Rookie of the Year (1983). In 1985, he was named the PBA’s Most Valuable Player and a member of the PBA’s Mythical Five in the years 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1988.

Ricardo Brown was dubbed “The Quick Brown Fox,” and was one of the best point guards in the PBA. He was a great scorer and adept at dishing out assists. Over the course of his career, Brown averaged 23.1 points and 7.3 assists a game. Both figures are PBA All-time bests.

Brown’s San Miguel team won 3 championships. These teams included what would become several future Hall-of-Famers, Samboy Lim, Hector Calma and Ramon Fernandez. In 2009, Ricky Brown, himself was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame.  He was also named as one of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players.

Today, Ricardo Brown is no longer involved in sports. Instead, education is now his game. He is the principle at Ross Middle School which is located in Artesia, California. His post as a principal for the school t is a first. Brown is the first Filipino-American to ever be hired as a principal in the ABC Unified School District, a very highly-respected and regarded district. In addition to being a principle, Brown is also a husband and father. He has two sons, Kevan and Justin with his wife, Lorma Sahagun Brown.

Ricardo Brown was a 6’1 point guard that became one of the most respected, successful and decorated players in the history of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). His ability to score and deliver assists was impressive and largely, unparalleled.

Nate Robinson

Nathaniel Cornelius Robinson is one of the most dynamic players in the NBA.  At 5 feet, 9 inches, Robinson has long astounded coaches with his 44 inch vertical leap and has earned a reputation as one of the best point guards in the league.  Robinson is also the first NBA player to become a three-time slam dunk champion.  While Robinson is clearly one of the most talented players in the NBA, his story is equally fascinating.

One thing that many fans don’t realize about Robinson is that his multi-cultural background includes Filipino roots.  While Robinson was born and raised in the US, NBA fans in the Philippines are proud to count Robinson as one of the few Filipino players.  The NBA has a tremendous following in the Philippines and is considered one of the country’s favorite sports.  Robinson’s Filipino roots come from his mother, who was raised in a Filipino family, and while Robinson doesn’t identify readily with the Filipino culture, he is certainly a fan.  Robinson says that he has a lot of Filipino friends, including his best friend who is Filipino and black.  Robinson points out that thanks to his Filipino background, he does enjoy many aspects of the country- not surprisingly, food is one of them. “I eat the lumpias and everything,” says Robinson. “I have a lot of Filipino friends and we always ate it with sweet and sour sauce. My boy Sylvester, he lives with me. He’s Filipino and black. His mom, makes lumpias for us all the time and we go buy the ingredients when she comes over.”  While Robinson has never confirmed the possibility, many Filipino basketball fans wonder if he would consider joining the Philippine National Basketball Team.  The mere possibility is exciting to fans in the Philippines who also adore boxing phenomenon Manny Pacquiao.

Robinson’s career is rightfully a source of pride for Filipino fans.  Robinson was chosen 21st in the 2005 draft, briefly joining the Phoenix Suns before being traded to the New York Knicks.  In his rookie year, Robinson started in 26 games, and played in 72 with an average of 9.3 points and 2.0 assists each game.  During the 2006 All-Star weekend, Robinson won the 2006 Slam Dunk Contest, beating Andre Iguodala by one point in the contest’s first overtime.  By 2009, Robinson was averaging 17.2 points per game, with 4.1 assists, and often logging 30 minutes of playing time.  Despite a series of in-game fights- including a notorious one with the Denver Nuggets- Robinson has continued to work on his temper and focus on the game.  After an abbreviated trade to the Boston Celtics in 2010, Robinson found his current home with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2011.

Fans in the Philippines will be glad to know that Robinson continues to be a stand-out player in the league.  With a growing number of records to his name, Robinson will likely be one of the most interesting players to follow in the coming years.

Jose Parica

Jose Parica is a professional pool player of Filipino descent. Born in La Puente, California, Parica is known by the monikers, Amang, which means father in Tagalog and ‘the Giant Killer.’  Parica has not only played the game well over the course of his career, but he has broken ground. He has been given credit for starting the ‘Filipino invasion.’ This ‘invasion’ was led by Parica with Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante eventually falling. These three men would all dominate the game at one time or another.  Parica would become one of the first Philippine billiards superstars but certainly not the last. The Filipino invasion is especially noted in the game of nine-ball.

Jose Parica is one of the most dominant Philippine pool players to ever play the game. He is a legend amongst Philippine players and deservingly so. He was World Player of the Year in 1997 and the winner of more than 100 tournaments during his career. He was also the first and only player to ever to play a perfect game of nine-ball in a match.

Parica was first introduced to the game of pool in the Philippines when he began playing at the billiards hall his father owned in Blumentritt, at the age of 7. He would quickly improve and before long, he was beating people much older then himself. Parica soon began to dominate in the Philippines, however, his struggled to get his game the notoriety warranted it. That would change in 1975.

At the age of 25, Parica played in his first international tournament, the Tokyo International Open. He would finish fourth and in the process started to develop a reputation for himself outside of the Philippines. Soon after, to organize the billiard players in the Philippines, Parica would establish the Philippine Pocket Billiards Association. He was the organization’s first president.

Three years after he left the Philippines to compete in an international billiards tournament, he made his way to the United States, by way of sponsors, to compete in the World Open Straight Pool Championship. He tied for places 9th through 12th.

Parica would go on and dominate until the latter part of the 1980s, accumulating lots of tiles and money along the way. Reyes, a fellow Filipino would soon take over where Parica left off. A conversation overheard by Parica’s wife, concerning the dominance of Reyes over Parica, helped once again stoke Parica’s competitive fire and just like that, he was back in the game. Parica re-joined the U.S. circuit in 1996. That year, Reyes bested him twice but Parica was still able to pull out four tournament wins, one more that Reyes that year.

Today, Parica still players. Over the course of his career, he has won more than 100 tournaments, cementing himself as one of the best billiards players to ever play the game, of any nationality.

Efren Reyes

Efren Reyes, also affectionately known as  “Bata” and also “the Magician,” is actually a world champion Filipino pool player, considered to be on the list of all time best at 9-ball and also one-pocket pool. He was crowned as the first ever non-American to get a victory the US Open 9-Ball Championship after defeating Nick Varner in 1994. Reyes has earned World Championships with both the 8-ball and 9-ball pool, gathering the actual WPA Men’s World 9-ball Championship in 1999, and also the first ever WPA Men’s World 8-ball Championship inside of 2004

Reyes was born in the town of Pampanga in 1954 and then relocated to Manila along with his family, around the age of 5. When in Manila, he worked as a pool worker at his family’s pool hall.  This is where it all began for “The Magician”.  It is here where he soon started mastering the knowledge associated with billiards. During 1995 Billiards Digest Magazine referred to Reyes as the Player of the season. The year after, when Reyes had been rated number one for the U.S.’s Pro Billiards Tour, the June 1996 publication of the journal highlighted a opinion poll of billiards pro players,, billiards authors, industry associates and alike to select the best player throughout billiards in a variety of types. The writers at Billiard ended up naming Reyes as the most effective one-pocket player in recent history.

Living the life of a pool player provided great benefits to Reyes.  In the year 2003, Reyes had been showcased within the Filipino motion picture Pakners.  Last year, Reyes won his 5th title during the 12th annual Derby City Classic as all round champion, helping to make him probably the most triumphant player inside the tournament’s historical past.  These acheives have by far cemented Reyes as one of the greatest players to ever hold cue.  Many people say that he is the Michael Jordan of billiards, he is always one step ahead of the competition.

Efren” Bata” Reyes is actually acclaimed as the Safety Master. Being an passionate enthusiast on tv or even in real games, you may think that he’s basically running the table, arranging shots and also winning the overall game. Plenty of people are generally amazed with regards to exactly how he plays the game so effectively and make it seem so simple. They don’t really understand that Reyes’ billiard game is definitely well well suited for safeties. When you look at it a lot more carefully, you will discover that not all his shots tend to be 100% on the offense.  The main reason lots of people understand it just after the shot has been created is really because he’s got an incredible mind. He is able to observe plays other people usually ignore. As you’re watching on television, the commentators are generally stunned and also blown away any time he pulls off an incredible shot along with a backup safety to boot. Most of the time, his competitors will not actually look for what he just did. This is exactly what helps make Efren “Bata” Reyes an excellent player.

Daniel Arca Inosanto

The man of many accomplishments, Daniel (Dan) Arca Inosanto a Filipino / American born July 24th 1936 has accomplished some could only imagine. Some of his accomplishments include six books (Filipino Martial Arts as Taught by Dan Inosanto), (Jeet Kune Do: Conditioning and Grappling Methods), (Jeet Kune Do: The Art & Philosophy of Bruce Lee), as well as three other titles.

Books are just the beginning of the amazing things this man has accomplished, he was also involved in the film industry some of the titles include, Game of Death, Sharky’s Machine, Big Trouble Little China, Brazilian Brawl and Red Belt these films are just a few Dan Insosanto was a part of. One of the most notable movies is “Game of Death” not only did Daniel Inosanto play a role in this movie but the all famous Bruce Lee played a major role in this film, the reason this is one of the most notable is this was the last film Bruce Lee would ever play in due to his death.

Mr. Inosanto was a student of the late Bruce Lee, as a matter of fact Mr. Inosanto is one of the three people who are even allowed to teach Bruce Lee’s Martial Arts System. Mr Inosanto himself began to teach Martial Arts which include Filipino Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and other Arts he teaches from his Marina del rey school in California.

Mr. Inosanto has several students you may have heard of, Chuck Norris, Jeff Imada, Ernest Emerson, Paul de Thouars, Chris Kent, Brandon Lee, Tim Tackett, Rick Tucci and Walt Missingham these are only a few of the people Mr. Inosanto has taught the Arts to, looking into this man’s background has been an amazing journey.

Let’s recap everything we have learned about this man’s history. First he is one of the three people in the world who will ever be allowed to teach Bruce Lee’s Martial Arts system. Second he is an actor who has played in as many as 20+ movies and documentaries. Third he is a teacher of the Arts himself and which he runs his own School.

My readers please let me ask you this “Can you imagine accomplishing just one of the many things this man has done?”