Baguio lauds ASEAN+ chess champs

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Monday, June 23, 2014


WITH their feat in the recent 15th ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championship, upstart woodpushers Bea Mendoza and Brylle Gever Vinluan were lauded by city officials during the flag raising ceremony at the Baguio City Hall Monday morning.

Mendoza who snatched two silvers and one bronze medal, and Vinluan with a remarkable three gold mint haul, helped the Philippine team to a second place finish in the ASEAN+ Age Group Championship 2014 Macau, China held June 3-11.

The RP team clinched the second overall spot in the competition with 35 gold, 41 silver, and 17 bronze medals, while Vietnam topped 23 other nations with 54-46-26, with Singapore a distant third with 13-7-20.

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Vice Mayor Edison Bilog, who led the presentation of the two fledgling chess wizards, gave attribution to the athlete’s discipline, dedication, hardwork and family’s support.

“Their achievements at a young age are working emulations particularly to the young,” Bilog said.

Mendoza, the 12-year-old seventh grader at the University of Baguio, also earned two silver medals from the team standard and team rapid chess competition including one bronze scaled from the team blitz contest.

Vinluan, who is an eighth grader in the same school, capped his three gold medals after lording in the individual rapid chess, team rapid chess, and team blitz contest.

The 14-year-old Vinluan is the reigning Batang Pinoy Nationals 2014 chess champion, while Mendoza is the reigning girls 14 under regional chess titleholder.

The two future FIDE masters, earned their berth as part of the Philippine Team after a stellar performance in the 2014 National Age Group Chess Championship Grand Finals held in Quezon Province earlier in April.

Meanwhile, Bilog encouraged everyone to continuously support the athletes so they can possibly rip more success in the future.

“Mabigyan sana natin ng suporta at maalagaan natin itong ating mga atleta, international or local competitions man ay dapat mabigyan natin sila ng tulong,” Bilog quipped.

Both athletes will receive cash incentives from the city pursuant to the city ordinance no. 59 series of 1993.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 24, 2014.

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