MANILA, Philippines – Former Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) chess player Roberto Racasa is setting his sights on the title of Grand Master (GM) of Memory when he competes in the 2012 World "Olympic" Memory Championships on December 14-16 in the United Kingdom.
Racasa is looking to follow the footsteps of his student, Mark Anthony Castaneda, who is the first Filipino GM of Memory.
Racasa, a member of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office-Mandaluyong-Bagong Henerasyon Philippine Memory Team, is in high spirits ahead of the upcoming competition.
“I feel we have a real good chance of doing very well in this World ‘Olympic’ Memory Championships,” said Racasa, a double gold medalist in the last Mind Festival and the 5th Thailand International Open Memory Championships.
“Saka pinaghandaan ko po talaga ito para sa pinakami-mithing GM title,” added Racasa.
Racasa is the founder of UTAK Learning System, which includes a dozen talented memory athletes including GM Castaneda, GM-candidate Erwin Balines and 11-year-old prodigy Jamyla Lambunao. -- By Marlon Bernardino