MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine memory team will test its mettle against the best memory athletes in the world when it opens its campaign at the 2012 Thailand Open Memory Championships on Saturday at the Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Led by Filipino Grandmaster (GM) of Memory Mark Anthony Castañeda and veteran campaigner Roberto Racasa, the team seeks to improve from its second place finish in the 20th World 'Olympic' Memory Championship (WMC) last December.
“I hope to do well in this event (Thailand Open Memory)," said Castañeda, a 23-year-old Rizal Technological University Mandaluyong BS ECE graduate.
He became the first Filipino GM of Memory by successfully memorizing 1,140 digit numbers in 1 hour; 52 playing cards in 1 minute and 10 seconds; and 676 playing cards in 1 hour.
Racasa, meanwhile, said the tournament will serve as their training ground for this year's Australian Memory Open Championships in October.
Other member of the Philippine Memory team are Anne Bernadette Bonita, Cristine Barao, Ydda Habab, Shairmaine Dianquinay, Princess Mendoza, Blessy Mae Ayalde, Ian Roi Spencer Betiong and 10-year-old whiz kid Jamyla Lambunao.
Completing the Philippine Memory team are team Manager and delegation head Aurelio "Reli" de Leon, US and PH chess master Almario Bernardino Jr. and Edwin Llamo. – by Marlon Bernardino