His dream is now a reality!
Carl James De Guia fulfilled it by winning the 8-Ball Billiards Secondary Boys Gold Medal in the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa in Albay.
De Guia, senior High School student of Candon National High School, beat Denz Emmanuel Vaz of Region 12 to bag the coveted medal.
By winning the gold medal, he got the distinction as the only gold medalist from Ilocos Sur in the said national meet.
Palarong Pambansa is the most prestigious sports competition for elementary and high school nationwide where the best athletes from all the regions compete.
De Guia said that he wanted to excel in sports. He first tried it in badminton but his interest died down.
Actually he was already winning at the city level as shuttler but in at least two tries he failed to grab a medal at the regional meet, Region I Athletic Association.
So he shifted gear and tried his luck in billiards.
As early as 10 years he was already playing billiards at the nearby billiards hall where he could hardly reached the table.
It was a decision he did not regret as he started showing some flashes of brilliance as a young cue artist.
Next he began winning and eventually becomes the country’s top High School 8-ball cue artist.
He had already won several medals.
He had already won two gold medals each in 8- and 9-ball in R1AA and silver medalist also 9-ball in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa.
De Guia’s parents are very supportive.
“We are supporting him because we can see his determination to excel,” said De Guia’s father, Wilfredo, also a Barangay Kagawad in San Jose, Candon City.
The elder De Guia also advised his son to continue practicing and not be carried away from peers and not having vices.
De Guia’s target is to defend his crown and probably annex the 9-Ball title.
He said his ultimate goal is to make it to the Philippine team.