MANILA, Philippines - Team Philippines will be seeking an “Olympic gold” when they compete at the 21st World Memory Championship.
The tournament, considered as the Olympics of memory competition, will take place in London on December 14, 15 and 16.
Dubbed as the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)-Mandaluyong-Bagong Henerasyon (BH) Team, Team Philippines are in high spirits ahead of the coming competition.
Last year, they 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.
Two months ago, they also won 10 gold medals in the Mind Festival and 5th Thailand International Open Memory Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.
“This is the strongest team we have ever fielded, a mixture of veterans and up-and-coming memory players,” said sportsman/businessman Aurelio “Reli” de Leon, team manager and delegation head.
"We feel we have a real good chance of doing very well in this World 'Olympic' Memory Championship prestigious tournament." said Filipino and United States chess master Almario Quiroz Bernardino Jr., Deputy Chef-de-Mission and team captain.
The team is made up of First Filipino Grandmaster (GM) of Memory Mark Anthony Castaneda, veteran campaigner Roberto Racasa, GM candidate Johann Randall Abrina, GM candidate Erwin Balines, Christopher Carandang, Cristine "Eon" Barao, Anne Bernadette Bonita and 10-year-old whiz kid Jamyla Lambunao.
Also joining them are Axelyancy Cowan Tabernilla, Ian Roi Spencer Betiong, Mary Sharmaine Deldio-Dianquinay, Ydda Graceille Mae Habab, Blessie Mae Ayalde, Princess Grace Mendoza, Lovely Icao, Carol Barbra Cruz, Karlo Marco Galvan and Ronnie Gonzales. – By Marlon Bernardino