MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine memory team aims for the country's first “Olympic gold medal” when it competes in the 21st World Memory Championship, dubbed the Olympics of memory competition.
The 15-man team, backed by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Mandaluyong City and Bagong Henerasyon (BH) party-list, are in high spirits ahead of the competition that takes place in December in London.
"We have an opportunity to have one of the greatest world 'Olympic' teams all-time with the combination of players with the depth, experience and youth," said first Filipino Grandmaster (GM) of Memory Mark Anthony Castaneda of Mandaluyong City.
Joining Castaneda are veteran campaigner Roberto Racasa, GM candidate Johann Randall Abrina, GM candidate Erwin Balines, Christopher Carandang, Cristine "Eon" Barao, Anne Bernadette Bonita, 10-year-old whiz Jamyla Lambunao, Axelyancy Cowan Tabernilla, Ian Roi Spencer Betiong, Mary Sharmaine Deldio-Dianquinay, Ydda Graceille Mae Habab, Blessie Mae Ayalde and Princess Grace Mendoza.
The delegation will be headed by Aurelio "Reli" Deleon and coach Almario Quiroz Bernardino Jr.
Last year, the Philippine team finished second overall in the team competition during the 20th World Memory Championship held in Guangzhou, China.
Powerhouse China took the gold medal, while Mongolia captured the bronze.
Also supporting the teams campaign in London are House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr., Bayan Muna party Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares, Luke Rojas of St. Francis Square, Bicycle rider playing cards, ACCEL, Dra. Regina Canlas of Makati Medical Center, PBA legend Robert "Sonny" Jaworski, the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee. – By Marlon Bernardino