MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Memory Team completed a successful campaign at the conclusion of the 21st World ‘Olympic’ Memory Championship (WMC) at the Lilian Baylis Technology School in London Sunday.
The Philippine Memory Team finished with a bronze medal in the team competition.
The team was composed of 11-year-old Jamyla Domingo Lambunao, Roberto Racasa, Christopher Carandang, Mark Anthony Castaneda, Erwin Balines, Axelyancy Cowan Tabernilla, Ian Roi Spencer Betiong, Cristine Barao, Anne Bernadette Bonita, Princess Grace Mendoza and Blessie Mae Ayalde.
Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. served as deputy chief of mission and team captain.
“This is our early Christmas gift to the Filipino people worldwide. We hope this victory will unite all the Filipinos and support the memory games,” Bernardino said.
“This proves once again that the Filipino can be at part with the world’s memory athletes,” said Racasa, a former chess player at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. “We believe that memory games are what Filipinos need to have a better quality of education.”
“We are very optimistic that memory games will bring honor again to our countries in future international competitions,” he added.
Powerhouse Germany took home the gold medal, while Sweden captured the silver medal.
At the end of the championship, the country rankings were as follows (in order): Germany, Sweden, Philippines, India, United States and India.
Other countries that participated in the tournament were: United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Poland, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Finland, Denmark, Singapore, Turkey, Australia, France, Netherlands, Wales and Ireland. -- By Marlon Bernardino