MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has launched a bid to host the World “Olympic” Memory Championships, which features the best and the brightest "mental athletes" in the world.
Philippine Memory team manager Aurelio "Reli" de Leon said Vice-President Jejomar Binay’s promised to back the country’s bid to host the world tournament.
“The vice-president was impressed by the performance of our team which got the silver medal in Guangzhou last December,” said De Leon. “He gave us instructions to do what we can in hosting the event here in 2013 and we’ll do our best to get the job done.”
The Philippine Memory team paid Binay a courtesy call at the Coconut Palace last month following their successful stint in the World Memory Games in China.
Filipino memory athletes Johann Randall Abrina, Roberto Racasa, Christopher Carandang, Mark Anthony Castaneda, Axelyancy Cowan Tabernilla, Erwin Balines and Mark Anthony Adarlo, finished second overall in the team competition.
US Chess Master Almario Marlon Bernardino, Jr. served as the team’s head coach.
The World Memory Championships was founded by Tony Buzan and Chess Grandmaster Raymond Keene OBE in 1991.
The annual event was inaugurated in London, which played host to the first 11 staging.
Kuala Lumpur hosted the event in 2003, Bahrain in 2007 and 2008. It was held in Guangzhou, China for 2 years. -- MB