MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Memory Team swept all 10 events in the Mind Festival and 5th Thailand International Open Memory Championships at the Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand last Saturday.
Led by veteran campaigner Robert Racasa and Grand Master of Memory Mark Anthony Castaneda, Team PH won the gold in all 10 events of the competition.
Racasa won the gold medal in the Historic and Future Dates event as well as the Names and Faces category.
Castaneda, for his part, wowed the crowd by memorizing one deck of cards in just 58.84 seconds, to win the gold medal in the speed card event.
He also broke his own record, set at the 2011 World "Olympic" Memory Championships last December in China, which was 1 minute and 10 seconds.
Castaneda also topped the 10-minute card event, speed numbers, 15-minute number and spoken number by memorizing 100 consecutive series of random numbers with a one-second intervail.
But the biggest revelation of the tournament was 10-year-old prodigy Jamyla Lambunao of the St. Scholastica Academy of Marakina, who won the Random Words event.
Sharing the limelight are 24-year-old call center employee Cristine Barao, who dominated the Abstract Image event, as well as 15-year-old Princess Mendoza, who ruled the Binary Digits event.
Overall champion in their respective categories were: Castaneda for the men’s category; Mendoza for the juniors category; Lambunao for the kid’s category; and UP student Mary Sharmaine Dianquinay for the women’s bracket.
Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos Jr. extended his congratulations to the Philippine Memory team, saying they have proven to the world that Filipinos are “intellectually competitive.”
Philippine Memory Team manager and delegation head Aurelio de Leon is looking forward to the next International Memory Championship in Melbourne, Australia on October 6-7, which will be part of the team’s preparation for this year’s World "Olympic" Memory Championships on December 14-17 in the United Kingdom.
A total of 260 mental athletes participated in the event, which was organized by the Association of Creativity, Memory and Play, under the auspirces of the World Memory Sports Council. By Marlon Bernardino