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Sudoku puzzlers stand out in 7th PSCC national finals

What started as a relaxed gathering of people with a shared interest turned into an adrenaline-filled competition of one hundred seventy six finalists showcasing their Sudoku skills in front of a crowd of supporters, shoppers and spectators during the 7th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge (PSSC) held on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the SM City North EDSA, The Annex, in Quezon City.

After the five rounds narrowing the field, top five puzzlers of the Sudoku Wizard category competed in the championship round, each solving the overlapped Sudoku in 30 minutes. As onlookers watched the 5 finalists made every number fall on the right grid of the puzzle, the crowd was surprised as two Sudoku wizards called the contest over when they finished almost the same time before the time ended.

Besting 106 puzzlers in the wizard category were Candice Renee Beatrice T. Solidarios of University of the Philippines Rural High School who won the champion trophy plus cash prize of Php50,000.00 and some gift items; Natalia Beatrice Q. Dy of St. John’s Institute, Bacolod City was proclaimed 1st runner-up, winning Php30,000.00 plus trophy and gift items; and Mikel Paul Tan Ayroso of Grace Christian College, 2nd runner-up, winning Php20,000.00 plus trophy and gift items. Making it on the 4th place was Romeo M. Esguerra of Colegio San Agustin-Biñan and Bryan Russel Esperanza of Saint Louis University-Laboratory High School. Indeed, it was a reversal of fate for both Solidarios and Dy who were last year’s 1st runner-up and champion respectively in the whiz kid category.

Using her speed and accuracy in almost all rounds, Kaye Janelle F. Yao of Grace Christian College, last year’s 2nd runner-up finally made it to the top of the 36 participants in the grandmaster category. She won Php60,000.00 plus trophy and several gift items. Alvin Ian Chan of Ateneo De Manila, 1st runner-up for two years in a row now went home with Php40,000.00 plus trophy and gift items. Ralph Joshua P. Sarrosa of the University of the Philippines-Visayas, finished as 2nd runner-up, taking Php20,000.00 plus trophy and gift items. Cheyenne Hsieh of De La Salle University-Manila and Ethan Riley C. Chan of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School ended as 3rd runner-up and 4th runner-up respectively.

As for the whiz kid category, Sanielle Meliz H. Ong of St. John’s Institute, Bacolod City swept the competition away by winning the championship round, winning Php20,000.00 plus trophy and gift items. Vicente Raphael C. Chan of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School bagged the 1st runner-up trophy with Php.10,000.00 and some gift items. Jan Vincent A. Simbol of BHC Educational Institution, Inc. made it as 2nd runner-up with Php5000.00 cash prize and gift items. Albriz Moore C. Bagsic of Lilyrose School and Crilex Comicho of Bonifacio Elementary School were the proud 3rd and 4th runners-up respectively.

The 7th PSSC had been made more special by the presence of the guest speaker, Mr. George Barcelon, president of Integrated Computer Systems, Inc. who not only inspired the winning spirits of Filipino Sudoku enthusiasts but also extended his generosity to the MTG Philippines.

The biggest contributing factors for the success of the 7th PSSC were these sponsors: SM Supermalls, Phoenix Publishing House, Inc., SHARP Calculators, Vital 1 Purified Mineral Water, Pilot Ballpens, Cosmos Trading.
MTG is so much indebted to Ms.Millie F. Dizon, Vice President for Marketing Communications, SM Supermalls, Mr. Lucero Ong, Vice President of Collins Trading International, the jurors headed by Prof. Ma. Luisa Villano, Admissions Officer, Miriam College and Dr. Jaime Caro, Assistant Vice President for Development and Director of UPIT Training Center Program.

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National Finalists of the 7th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge may contact their center coordinators to order or buy a copy.

7th PSSC Reminders

Please be informed that the national finals of the 7th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge (PSSC) will be on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at SM City North EDSA, the Annex, in Quezon City.

The participants/coaches/parents are reminded of the following:

  1. Registration time starts at 8:30AM.
  2. Since SM North EDSA opens for business at 10 AM, and the registration starts at 8:30AM, you may use the Garden Entrance to reach the Citystyle 4F. The RDU Entrance leading to the car park may also be used. Please bring your school/company ID for easy identification and admission.
  3. The opening program starts at 10AM and the competition follows immediately.

All official finalists from selected provinces who have been notified can avail of the free dormitory accommodation courtesy of our major sponsor, the Phoenix Publishing House, Inc. Coaches and companions are not included in this package.

However, coaches and accompanying persons who wish to stay with their participants may send an intention at this email address, mtg.mco@gmail.com, for reservation. Likewise, always check your inbox for more details about the contest.

164 Sudoku puzzlers reach the national finals

Only a little above a hundred participants have been given the green light to proceed to the final round of the 7th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge (PSSC) which will be held at SM North EDSA in Quezon City on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

From 4512 Sudoku puzzlers who joined in the regional elimination round conducted in various SM Malls in the country, just more than 200 made it as qualifiers for the national finals. However, to this date, barely 164 of them confirmed their participation. Among them are 36 college students and professionals, 99 high school students and 29 elementary pupils will vie for the following titles: Sudoku Grandmaster, Sudoku Wizard and Sudoku Whiz Kid, respectively. The competition will be tougher and more challenging with the presence of almost a dozen of last year’s PSSC winners.

The winners in the three categories will receive gift items and cash prizes of which according to an agreement made with the sponsors, the money will be used for travel expenses to any of the following contests abroad:

  1. BRAND’S® Sudoku Challenge 2013 Asia Pacific Open in Singapore
  2. 2013 World Sudoku Championship, Beijing, china
  3. 7th BRAND’S SUDOKU Thailand International Open 2013 Princess Somsawali Cup in Thailand
  4. 2013 Beijing International Sudoku Tournament (BIST), Beijing, China

For more details about the 7th PSSC, please log on to this website. These are the following official national finalists of the 7th PSSC:

 NameYr. LevelSchoolCategory
1John Joshua A. Bentoles1st Yr. Co.MSU- Iligan Institute of TechnologyGrandmaster
2Liezl Lomibao1st Yr. Co.University of the Philippines DilimanGrandmaster
3Alec Pius D. MachaconCollegeUniversity of San Carlos, CebuGrandmaster
4Allan Victor M. Amaquin4th Yr. HSPolytechnic University of the PhilippinesGrandmaster
5Charlene Diane C. Uy2nd Yr. Co.University of San CarlosGrandmaster
6Christopher John D. Bayron3rd Yr. HSDe La Salle University - ManilaGrandmaster
7Cidili DolorosaSGS, Inc.Grandmaster
8Dielle Tan Tio4th Yr. HSSt. Stephen's High SchoolGrandmaster
9Ericson T. Ong3rd Yr. Co.De La Salle UniversityGrandmaster
10First Jay B. DolaGrandmaster
11Ia Kristine Puzon-MirandaSaint Louis University (faculty)Grandmaster
12Janissa A. Fabricante3rd Yr. Co.MSU- Iligan Institute of TechnologyGrandmaster
13Joey C. OliverosDavao Central High SchoolGrandmaster
14John Michael RiveraVillagers Montessori CollegeGrandmaster
15Jorgeatte Eleanor B. RostataUP Visayas Tacloban CollegeGrandmaster
16Joseph ChuaGrandmaster
17Joseph TabanSt. Paul College of Ilocos SurGrandmaster
18Juvenal RapanutSt. Paul College of Ilocos SurGrandmaster
19Kaye Janelle Ferrera Yao3rd Yr. HSGrace Christian CollegeGrandmaster
20Kent Daneil Ferrera Yao2nd Yr. Co.UPGrandmaster
21Kim Oliver U. Magtagnob1st Yr. Co.University of the Philippines Los BanosGrandmaster
22Kimberly Lim1st Yr. Co.Ateneo de Davao UniversityGrandmaster
23Lance Garcis2nd Yr. Co.University of the Philippines-BaguioGrandmaster
24March M. De BelenBDO BulacanGrandmaster
25Marizal LiclicanGovernment Employee at DENRGrandmaster
26Meynardo AlbertoAliang Elementary SchoolGrandmaster
27Ralph Joshua P. Sarrosa4th Yr. HSUniversity of the Philippines Visayas (Miag-ao)Grandmaster
28Roegen RiveraBHC EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, INC.Grandmaster
29Romina Caila M. Yu1st Yr. Co.University of Santo TomasGrandmaster
30Ronel D. Bautista1st Yr. Co.Bataan Peninsula State UniversityGrandmaster
31Roseller B. Yu Jr.1st Yr. Co.Ateneo De Manila UniversityGrandmaster
32Suzanne S. BobadillaLICENSED MECHANICAL ENGINEERGrandmaster
33Thea Justin Balagtas1st Yr. Co.San Beda College- AlabangGrandmaster
34Alvin Ian Chan3rd. Yr. Co.Ateneo de Manila UniversityGrandmaster
35Cheyenne Hsieh1st Yr. Co.De La Salle University-ManilaGrandmaster
36Michael D. GalvezAgoo Kiddie Special SchoolGrandmaster
37Kristine Mae S. Jamili4th Yr. HSOur Lady Of Fatima AcademyWizard
38Akkiara Symonn May Z. Sawali3rd Yr. HSSt. Augustine's SchoolWizard
39Alexandra A. Apuya3rd Yr. HSAquinas University of Legazpi Science HSWizard
40Andre Pete M. Vibar4th Yr. HSSaint Joseph College-Olongapo, INC.Wizard
41Angela Mari S. Torres2nd Yr. HSBaguio City National High SchoolWizard
42Annabelle Chua4th Yr. HSCebu Eastern CollegeWizard
43Anne Nicolel Sia2nd Yr. HSCebu Eastern CollegeWizard
44Bryan Russel Esperanza2nd Yr. HSSaint Louis University-Laboratory HSWizard
45Candice Renee Beatrice T. SolidariosGRADE 7UP Rural High SchoolWizard
46Carlo F. Macababat4th Yr. HSSt. Alphonsus Liguori Integrated SchoolWizard
47Carmela A. Predo4th Yr. HSCanossa Academy CalambaWizard
48Cristina L. Uy4th Yr. HSPhilippine Tong Ho InstituteWizard
49Danielle Nadine Aparte2nd Yr. HSInt'l School for Better Beginnings, Lucena CityWizard
50Darwish Michael Tia4th Yr. HSSt. Mary's College of MeycauayanWizard
51Dave Laurence Juntilla3rd Yr. HSPhilippine Science High School-SMCWizard
52Dominique Ysobel Ting4th Yr. HSSt. Paul University PhilippinesWizard
53Donna Kate R.Remular3rd Yr. HSSt. Paul College of Ilocos SurWizard
54Edgar Laurrence A. Osis4th Yr. HSCOLEGIO SAN AGUSTIN - BINANWizard
55Edgar D. Bagasol, Jr.3rd Yr. HSIMMACULATE CONCEPTION ACADEMYWizard
56Elijamin Wolfgang L. ClaveriaGrade 7Philippine Science HS MainWizard
57Ericka Jeanne C. Moya3rd Yr. HSSt. Mary's College of MeycauayanWizard
58Erika Denise G. Chua2nd Yr. HSPangasinan Universal InstituteWizard
59Erin Michelle G. Herrera3rd Yr. HSAteneo de Davao University - HSUWizard
60Errol John E. SuarezGrade 7Aquinas University of Legazpi Science HSWizard
61Francis Oliver Somo3rd Yr. HSRegional Science High School 3Wizard
62Gabriela A SyGrade 7Philippine Science High School-SMCWizard
63Gene Edward Irisari1st Yr. HSBethany Christian SchoolWizard
64Gerald F. DalanGrade 7Olongapo City National High SchoolWizard
65Gereleen Shane Q. Rosal4th Yr. HSAquinas University of Legazpi Science HSWizard
66Glynss Samantha O. Banuzuelo4th Yr. HSPhilippine Science High School- EVCWizard
67Guinevere P. SoriaGrade 7Philippine Science High School - SMCWizard
68Hazel Anne H. Pullan3rd Yr. HSPasig Catholic CollegeWizard
69Irish Ann C. Itaas3rd Yr. HSAgusan National High School¾Wizard
70James Christian Q. Atilano2nd Yr. HSZambo. Chong Hua High SchoolWizard
71James Rurik CruzGrade 7St.Mary's College of BaliuagWizard
72Jaybayl Jayme3rd Yr. HSPhilippine Science High School - WVCWizard
73Jenniline Olboc / Jemiline OlbocGrade 7Dacanlao G. Agoncillo NHSWizard
74Jerelyn Mae F. Gemina2nd Yr. HSSt. Joseph Academy of El SalvadorWizard
75Jianlin Wang2nd Yr. HSCebu Eastern CollegeWizard
76Jillian Farah Dy4th Yr. HSCebu Eastern CollegeWizard
77Jo Christian Arenas3rd Yr. HSSaint Alphonsus Liguori Integrated SchoolWizard
78Joan Christine V. Marmito4th Yr. HSPhilippine Science HS - EVCWizard
79Johnlen Tamag4th Yr. HSSt. Paul College of Ilocos SurWizard
80Jonas L. Lucio4th Yr. HSSt. Mary's College of MeycauayanWizard
81Jonathan Gabriel SA Reyes2nd Yr. HSPasig Catholic CollegeWizard
82Jose Alfonso Ignacio Mirabueno3rd Yr. HSPhilippine Science High School-SMCWizard
83Joshua Delmo2nd Yr. HSBatangas Province Science High SchoolWizard
84Judilyn Chia3rd Yr. HSCebu Eastern CollegeWizard
85Justine Anne Laine Abat3rd Yr. HSSaint Mary's College of MeycauayanWizard
86Justine Myles P. Alquiza3rd Yr. HSSt. Paul College of Ilocos SurWizard
87Katrina Noelle Go Tiu4th Yr. HSSacred Heart School Tacloban CityWizard
88Kenny Koh Ting Sween4th Yr. HSImmaculate Conception School of BaliuagWizard
89Kezia E. Villareal4th Yr. HSCanossa Academy, CalambaWizard
90Kim Marie B. Yap4th Yr. HSSt. Joseph Academy of El SalvadorWizard
91Kristin Mae Esteban3rd Yr. HSSt. Mary's College of BaliuagWizard
92Kristine Danielle G. Maximo4th Yr. HSSt. Mary's College of BaliuagWizard
93Lysle L. Baday2nd Yr. HSBaguio City National High school (Main)Wizard
94Mae Chelou Dicdican2nd Yr. HSAgusan National High SchoolWizard
95Mari Feliz ReyesGrade 10De La Salle LipaWizard
96Maria Hannah Y. dela Cruz4th Yr. HSSanta Rosa Science and Technology HSWizard
97Maria Trisia CalaluanGrade 9De La Salle LipaWizard
98Mark Davidson T. Cua2nd Yr. HSPangasinan Universal InstituteWizard
99Mary Joy Caringal2nd Yr. HSBauan Technical High SchoolWizard
100Michelle Bernadas4th Yr. HSSt. Joseph School La SalleWizard
101Miguel Lagman Utleg4th Yr. HS¾Saint Paul University PhilippinesWizard
102Mikel Paul Tan Ayroso3rd Yr. HSGrace Christian CollegeWizard
103Monique PobreGrade 7St. Augustine's SchoolWizard
104Natalia Beatrice Q. DyGrade 6St. John's Institute, Bacolod CityWizard
105Neil Phillip J. Poral3rd Yr. HSPhilippine Science High School - WVCWizard
106Nelle Marce PetanoSt. Augustine's School, Iba, ZambalesWizard
107Nicole H. Cruz3rd Yr. HSSt. Mary's College Of MeycauayanWizard
108Patricia Sullera3rd Yr. HSSt. Mary's College Of MeycauayanWizard
109Phoebe Ann B. Angaga4th Yr. HSSaint Joseph de Mary Learning CenterWizard
110Pia Pollaine P. Magaoay3rd Yr. HSDominican School, Dagupan CityWizard
111Polly Anne Grace RoscoGrade 7Cavite State University Science HSWizard
112Renz M. Pasigpasigan3rd Yr. HSSt. Augustine's SchoolWizard
113Rocky L. Aricheta2nd Yr. HSSaint Francis of Assisi College - DasmarinasWizard
114Romeo M. Enguerra2nd Yr. HSCOLEGIO SAN AGUSTIN - BINANWizard
115Sarah Dominique Tan4th Yr. HSPhilippine Tong Ho InstituteWizard
116Sean Ernest Clyde G. Nodado3rd Yr. HSSt. Joseph School-La SalleWizard
117Sephi Marz G. Liclican2nd Yr. HSPhilippine Science High School- IRCWizard
118Shantal Manalastas3rd Yr. HSBauan Technical High SchoolWizard
119Sharmaine Joy Pascua4th Yr. HSSt. Paul College of Ilocos SurWizard
120Shereene Joy N. Engada2nd Yr. HSImmaculate Conception AcademyWizard
121Stefanie Rose C. Tsoi¾4th Yr. HSSt. John's Institute, Bacolod CityWizard
122Tudor Lee Josef T. Balbon3rd Yr. HSUniversity of San Carlos North CampusWizard
123Uriel Sy2nd Yr. HSCebu Eastern CollegeWizard
124Vince Jan F. TorresGrade 7Sta. Rosa Science & Technology High SchoolWizard
125Xavier Daniel Cheng4th Yr. HSSt. Paul College Of Ilocos SurWizard
126Raphael Paolo A Casipit3rd Yr. HSDominican School Dagupan CityWizard
127Francis R. Concepcion3rd Yr. HS¾Philippine Cultural CollegeWizard
128Jen Nicole V. Calimlim2nd Yr. HSST. AUGUSTINE'S SCHOOL-IBA, ZAMBALESWizard
129Himig Sy Marcos4th Yr. HSPhilippine Cultural CollegeWizard
130Clyde Wesley AngGrade 7Chiang Kai Shek CollegeWizard
131Joyce Lyn S. Medina4th Yr. HSBaguio City National High School (main)Wizard
132Kelsey Lim Tiong Soon2nd Yr. HSGrace Christian CollegeWizard
133Roy Alvin Lumbres4th Yr. HSFirst Asia Institute of Tech & HumanitiesWizard
134Delfin Enrique Lindo4th Yr. HSFirst Asia Institute of Tech & HumanitiesWizard
135Joben Ryan A. Padre4th Yr. HSDon Bosco Technical Institute - TarlacWizard
136Albriz Moore C. BagsicGrade 4Lilyrose SchoolWhizkid
137Cedric R. BolaGrade 4Kalalake Elementary School-CentexWhizkid
138Chloe Nicole CalicaGrade 4St. William's InstituteWhizkid
139Crilex ComichoGrade 6Bonifacio Elementary SchoolWhizkid
140Drew Anne M. CorpuzGrade 6BHC Educational Institution, Inc.Whizkid
141Elizabeth Alexandra De VeyraGrade 6Montessori School of MalolosWhizkid
142Gillianne Isable S. BearnezaGrade 6Elizabeth Seton School- SouthWhizkid
143Hiraya S. MarcosGrade 3Philippine Cultural CollegeWhizkid
144Jan Vincent A. SimbolGrade 6BHC Educational Institution, Inc.Whizkid
145Jhoanna Lea PerezGrade 6Center of ExcellenceWhizkid
146Jonathan Conrad YuGrade 5Philippine Christian Gospel SchoolWhizkid
147Joselle Mave C. CamileGrade 6Assumption College of DavaoWhizkid
148Julia DyGrade 6Cebu Eastern CollegeWhizkid
149Kathlyn DadorGrade 6Rizal Central SchoolWhizkid
150Kirsten Dominique ChanGrade 4Bayanihan InstituteWhizkid
151Kirsten Dominique Sytu ChanGrade 4Bayanihan InstituteWhizkid
152Lance Andrei P. EstebanGrade 5San Pablo Central SchoolWhizkid
153Leigh Angelica¾Tulauan¾GaciasGrade 5St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP)Whizkid
154Lia Angela A. MalazarteGrade 5SPED Center for the Gifted, Olongapo CityWhizkid
155Lorrie Phillimae OngGrade 6Cebu Eastern CollegeWhizkid
156Moses Christopher C.CarpioGrade 6Agoo Kiddie Special School, Agoo La UnionWhizkid
157Paul David LozanoGrade 6Montessori School of MalolosWhizkid
158Ralph Ernest G. ArganaGrade 5BHC Educational Institution, Inc.Whizkid
159Rodolfo MisaGrade 6Cebu Eastern CollegeWhizkid
160Sanielle Meliz H. OngGrade 6St John's InstituteWhizkid
161Shanea OlinoGrade 6Tambo Central SchoolWhizkid
162Yoshiki R. FujimoriGrade 6International School for Better BegginingsWhizkid
163Maxinne Louise CoGrade 4Ateneo De Iloilo-SMCSWhizkid
164Trisha Denise B. ManzanoGrade 4St. Augustine's SchoolWhizkid