Jharome Peña and Ronato Alcano, totaling the Filipino hopefuls in the finals to 5.

De Luna advanced after a nerve-wracking 10-8 victory over Nick Van Den Berg of the Netherlands at the Philippine Internatonal Convention Center Wednesday.

De Luna, a 22-year-old player from Pasig City who finished third in the 2006 PHilippine National Championship which allowed him a slot in the tournament, will face whoever wins between Vicent Facquet of France and and Lee Kun-Fang

Peña defeated Louis Condo of Australia, 10-7, while Alcano beat compatriot Robert Gomez, 10-1.

Peña will face either Marcus Chamat of Sweden or Fu Che-wei of Chinese Taipei.

Alcano is in for a tougher battle as he is expected to face-off with either Reyes or Orcollo.

Hungary’s Vilmos Foldes also made to the round of 32 with a 10-7 win over Mexican veteran Ernesto Dominguez.

Foldes’s will soon be going against Vietnam’s Luong Chi-dung who defeated Nien Rong-chih with 10-7 scoreline.

China’s Li He-wen, who was virtually an unknown, defeated Chilean Alejandro Carvajal 10-5.

Gwendolyn Cuizon


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