Congratulations to Christian “Ian” Perez for winning
the 2011 Philippine Qualifier to the World Darts Championship
(PQ-WDC) last November 6, 2011 at the Nu Grill, hosted by Jojo
Claudio of Quorum International.
Ian won the Philippine Qualifier, going through three (3) very
tough matches in the step-ladder finals. The PQ-WDC started with
twenty six (26) players divided into four (4) groups from which
the top 4 of each group advanced to the round of 16 in two (2)
groups of eight (8). The top four (4) finishers in each group
advanced to the last round-robin of eight players to determine
the top four (4) ranked players.
The step-ladder began between 3rd placer Ian Perez and 4th placer
Andy Villamor, the runner-up in last year’s PQ-WDC. Ian
won 2-1 sets in the best of 3 sets best of 5 legs match. In the
2nd match, Ian beat 2nd ranked player Boy Gionzon, the PQ-WDC
last year, in a nerve racking decision set in the ultimate decision
leg. Finally, Ian overcame the twice to beat advantage of long-shot
Bong Gabiana in an identical 2-0 sets twice to wrap-up a come
from behind victory.
The PDC World Darts Championship, held at the Alexandria Palace
in London, is the richest and most prestigious dart tournament
in the world. In 2009, Ian won the Philippine Qualifier for the
first time and ably represented the Philippines, being the only
Filipino player who has so far won a match in this tournament.
Ian Perez hails from Koronadal, South Cotabato, where he graduated
with a BS Agriculture Major in Plant Pathology from the University
of Notre Dame, in 2002. Ian Perez is a Robson Sportscraft player
in the last 14 years and the currently number 1 ranked NDFP player.
He is the 1st Youth Champion of Darterong Pinoy in 1998, the runner
up to John Part in the 2009 Shanghai Open and champion of the
recently concluded Darterong Pinoy, Robson Summer Dartfest, Tinalak
Open and 1M Pacman Dart Tournament.
We all wish Ian Perez all the best!