THREE sporting events are expected to be crowd-drawers in the first week of the 43rd Bacolod MassKara Festival.

Dubbed “MassKaralympics,” Festival Director Pinky Ocampo said “the billiards, tchoukball, and football matches are just a few among the numerous sports tournaments that will make this festival unique.”

The legendary billiards champ Efren “Bata” Reyes is among the big names that is joining the 1st Mayor Albee Benitez Bacolod City Masskara Festival 2022 10-Ball Open Billiard Tournament this October 2-6 at the SM City Bacolod North Atrium Ground.

Other billiards’ luminaries joining Reyes are Django Bustamante, Jonas Magpantay, Marvin Asis Pastor and Panfilo Damuag, Jr.

The 5-day tournament which was limited to 128 players had to close their registration last September 21 after reaching the limit of registrants who will play under the format of bracket double elimination system for 128 players and onwards to the top 64 single knock-out system.

The grand champion for the billiards tournament will bring home P350,000 while the runner-up will get P100,000. Third and fourth placers will also be getting P50,000 each while the fifth to the eight place will get P15,000 each.

There is also a “no entry fee, no play” policy since there is a P2,500 registration fee for the competitors. Dress code and wearing of face masks for both the players and the spectators was also issued.

Meanwhile, there are also more than 100 football clubs that are joining the 1st Mayor Albee Benitez MassKara Football Tournament which will be held simultaneously on October 1 and 2 at the La Provincia Open Field and the Panaad Football Field.

A Malaysian football team headed by Malaysian sports journalist, Tony Mariadass will grace the opening of the football cup and will be conducting football clinics. The Malaysians brought with them 30 footballs to donate to the clubs.

The MassKara Tchoukball 1-day tournament is also scheduled on October 1 at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School while the 1st Mayor Albee Volleyball Tournament’s elimination round will take place on October 1-2 at the Montalbo Volleyball Court in Brgy. 40 with the final rounds scheduled the following weekend, October 6-9 in the same venue.