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PGMA confers Order of Lakandula on 2006 World Pool Champion Alcano

Quezon City (14 November) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conferred today the Order of Lakandula with the Rank of Champion for Life on newly-crowned 2006 World Pool Champion Ronato Alcano.

Alcano was cited for outclassing former titlist Ralf Souquet of Germany, 17-11, in the final match Sunday of the 2006 World Pool Championship at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Aside from the citation, which is a direct equivalent of the Order of National Artists, the Order of National Scientists, the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan and other Orders of cultural and scientific merit bestowed on individuals who have done extraordinary feats in their chosen field of expertise, the President also awarded Alcano with P1 million cash for his feat.

The simple conferment and awarding ceremonies were held this morning at Malacañang with Cabinet secretaries and employees of the Office of the President in attendance.

The chefs of Malacañang also presented an "award" to Alcano in the form of a special cake they baked to look like a billiard table complete with a cue stick and billiard balls.

Chef Jason Natonton, who came up with the innovative confection together with co-chefs Karl del Rio and Lorie Dacillo, said that the rectangular cake was made with a foundation of butter cake with chocolate colored butter crème frosting. Natonton added that the cue stick and billiard balls were made of fondant.

Alcano said he would invest the cash prize from the President in the education of his children and the usual expenses incurred in raising a family.

He profusely thanked the Chief Executive for the early Christmas gift.

"Ang saya-saya ko kasi kahit papaano, nabigyan ako ng maagang Christmas gift," Alcano said.

After the event, the President convened the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Palace. (PIA) [top]

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