PH gets strongest team for ‘Memory Olympics’


Posted at Jul 20 2012 06:46 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2012 02:46 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has assembled its strongest team for the “Olympic” version of memory tournaments in December.

The Philippine memory team is expected to go up against the world's greatest minds in the 21st World Memory Championships, which will take place at the Lilian Baylis Technology School in London.

The 10-man team will be led by first Filipino Grandmaster (GM) of Memory Mark Anthony Castañeda and GM candidate Erwin Balines.

Also included in the lineup are veteran campaigner Roberto Racasa, GM candidate Johann Randall Abrina, Christopher Carandang, Cristine "Eon" Barao, Anne Bernadette Bonita, 10-year-old whiz kid Jamyla Lambunao, Mary Shairmaine Dianquinay and Princess Grace Mendoza.

The memory squad is supported by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and the local government of Mandaluyong.

"For me, this is the strongest team we have ever assembled, a mixture of veteran and up-and-coming memory players," said team manager Aurelio "Reli" de Leon. -- By Marlon Bernardino