Efren Reyes - Biography
Last Modified: Sep 1, 2020
|Nick Name:||The Magician, Bata, Efrey|
|Best Known For:||12th annual Derby City Classic|
|Net Worth:||$2 million|
|Born on :||August 26, 1954 (age 66)|
|Birth Name /
|Efren Manalang Reyes|
|Birth Place:||Pampanga, Central Luzon, Philippines|
|Father's Name:||Pedro Reyes|
|Mother's Name:||Romana Manalang|
|Wife's Name:||Susan Reyes|
Frennie Reyes (son)
|Height:||1.75 meter (5 feet 9 inch)|
|Hair Color:||Black/ Grey|
|Eye Color:||Dark Brown|
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Who is Efren Reyes?
Efren Reyes is a pool player by profession and Filipino by nationality. Over the course of his career, he has won over 70 international titles and was the first player to win world championships in two different disciplines in the pool.
Source: ABS-CBN (Efren Reyes in 2017)
Efren Reyes – Age, Parents, Siblings
Efren Reyes was born on August 26, 1954, in Pampanga, Central Luzon, Philippines. He was born as Efren Manalang Reyes to father Pedro Reyes and mother Romana Manalang. He was the fifth of nine children of his parents.
Due to poverty, his parents went him to live with his uncle in Manila when he was just 5 years old. Reyes had quit school at the age of 15.
His ethnicity is Filipino.
Efren Reyes – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce
Efren Reyes married his longtime girlfriend Susan Reyes. He and his wife have welcomed three children together – son Frennie Reyes and daughters Rose Reyes, Chelo Reyes. His son Frennie Reyes once competed in the Asian Nine-ball Tour and had won All-Japan.
Now he is a grandfather to five grandchildren from his children. He is living happily with his wife and children without any rumors of extra-marital affairs or divorce.
Efren Reyes – Career
Before Efren Reyes started playing pool at the age of 8, he worked as a billiards attendant at his uncle's billiards hall. There he started to learn various cue sports including the pool. But back then young Reyes was not tall enough to reach the pool table. So, he started to play while standing on mobile Coca-Cola cases.
As there was already another pool player with the name Efren, he was referred to as "Efren Bata", which translates to ‘Kid’ in Tagalog and sometimes as "Efrey".
Between the 1960s and 1970s, he played three-cushion billiards and was soon discovered by promoters, which gave him the opportunity to compete in big-time tournaments.
In 1978’s RP-Japan Pocket Billiards Tournament, Efren Reyes represented Team Philippines and in 1983, he defeated Pepito Dacer in the finals of the Philippine Professional Pocket Billiards Championships.
Although Efren Reyes was considered a top-class player in his home country, he was still unknown in the international arena. So, in the 1980’s he went to the USA. There too, using the alias Caesar Morales, he started winning a number of tournaments and it was claimed that he earned $80,000 in a week.
Efren Reyes went on to play and win a number of tournaments in Europe and parts of Asia as well. And by mid-1990s, he was identified as one of the elite players of the Philippines. His fame only grew when he defeated Nick Varner in the finals of US Open Nine-Ball Championship in 1994.
Reyes went on to win WPA World Nine-ball Championship (1999), International Billiard Tournament (2001), International Challenge of Champions (2002), WPA World Eight Ball Champion (2004), IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout (2005), IPT World Open Eight-ball Championship (2006), 12th annual Derby City Classic (2010), among others.
After all these years, he has not yet decided to retire although his eyesight and wrists are not like they used to be.
TV and Film appearances
Efren Reyes has made several TV appearances including films Pakners (2003), Nineball (2007) and in TV series Magpakailanman.
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Efren Reyes – Honor, Awards
The Philippines government awarded him the Philippines Legion of Honor.
Efren Reyes – Net Worth, Salary
His net worth is estimated at around $2 million while the estimate of his annual salary is not known to the public.
Efren Reyes – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
On social media, Reyes is mostly absent. However, fan accounts have been set up in his name on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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