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Chinese numbers aces top 2019 Asian Sudoku contest

By Jerry E. Esplanada

CLARK FREEPORT – Young Chinese math wizards ruled the just-ended 2019 Asian Sudoku Championship (ASC), which the non-government Mathematics Trainers’ Guild Philippines (MTG) hosted last weekend in this former US military base in Pampanga.

     Sudoku experts from the north Asian country bagged a total of 16 gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze medals as they topped the Under 15, Under 12, Under 10 and Under 8 categories in the six-nation competition.

     India was second with four golds, two silver and two bronzes while Japan took the third place overall with two golds, four silvers and one bronze medal, followed by South Korea with one gold, one silver and two bronzes.

     Among the gold medalists was Japan’s Kota Morinishi, the current wolrd sudoku champion.

     Filipino sudoku players, meanwhile, bagged 14 silver and 29 bronze medals.

     The silver medalists included Kaye Janella Yao, Candice Renee Solidarios, Ralph Joshua Sarroza, Kirsten Dominique Chan, Princess Ashley Anzures, Matthew Rasines, Marc Kendrick Lim, Jean Kathleen Samonte, Red Robles, Phylline Cristel Calubayan,and Janelle Navarro,  among others.

     The bronze medals came courtesy of Angela Mae Gabriel, Rayner Gabrielle Alcantara, Kyla Andrea Adlaon, Alessandra Holaysan, Reysel Doromal, Io Aristotle Calica, Ehrell Dane Alfonso, Empress Umipig, J. Irah Sargado, Hanne Margaret Tongcua, and Margaret Ellyse Dela Cruz, among others.

     A special award was given to two Filipino players and two others from Thailand who composed the so-called “UN Team.”

     A total of 121 sudoku players took part in the contest.

     The Philippine contestants are wards of the MTG, which has been promoting excellence in math education and training in the country since its establishment in 1995.

     When interviewed, Morinishi said was “good to know many young Filipinos and other Asians are interested in playing sudoku.”

     The 29-year-old IT engineer from Nara, Japan was also the globe’s No. 1 sudoku player in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

     This year’s ASC, sanctioned by the Netherlands-based World Puzzle Federation, was in coordination with the Department of Education, Local Government of Mabalacat City, Clark Development Corporation, Mabalacat Division Office, and sponsored by SM Supermalls, Sharp Calculators, Phoenix Publishing House and JFC Publishing House. The 2019 ASC was graced by Mrs. Lilia T. Habacon, Executive Director, Philippine Science High School System and Dwight Morales, Mabalacat City Councilor.

     The numbers tilt was chaired by Dr. Roger Nuqui, along with MTG officials and staff including president Dr. Isidro Aguilar, Aldwin Sahirul, Joseph Wee, Roberto Degolacion, Manuel Kotah and Myrna Agtarap.

     Last year, the initial edition of the ASC was held in Jeju Island, South Korea. Next year, either Thailand or India will most likely host the competition, according to contest insiders.

MTG names puzzlers for the 2019 Asia Sudoku Championship

The Philippines has a sizable number of participants for the 2019 Asia Sudoku Championship (ASC) which will be held at Xenia Hotel Clark, 4030 Claro M. Recto Highway Clark Freeport, Angeles, Pampanga on January 25-28, 2019.

The country’s potential participants are the 89 winners from the different categories (U8, U10, U12, U15 and Grandmaster) of the 13th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge National Finals held on November 24 at SM Sta. Mesa.

However, the World Puzzle Federation of which the Mathematics Trainers’ (MTG), Philippines is a member has standardized the categories for the 2019 ASC, as follows:

CategoriesDescriptions
o      Under 8Born after 1 January 2011
o      Under 10Born after 1 January 2009
o      Under 12Born after 1 January 2007
o      Under 15Born after 1 January 2004
o      Over 15Born before 31 December 2003

Interested participants are requested to confirm their participation by clicking the link below on or before Friday, December 21, 2018.

2019 ASIA SUDOKU CHAMPIONSHIP CONFIRMATION OF PARTICIPATION

NO WALK-IN WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE CONTEST.

The person-in-charge, after receiving the confirmation, will also send the registration form and other initial requirements for compliance.

The following national winners of the 13th PSSC National Finals invited to join the 2019 Asian Sudoku Championship are:

Note: Please be noted that the category of some participants from the Philippines in the 2019 ASC will change as a result of the reclassification and description provided by the World Puzzle Federation.

NO WALK-IN WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE CONTEST.

Name of Participants:

1SALADAGA, FA SHAILYN A
2MATA, SARAH HYACINTH D.
3PADILLA, RIAN CRYSTEL N.
4UMIPIG, EMPRESS JAYRIELLE
5UY, BRENT LORENZ G.
6RAYMUNDO,   RHAIYANNA R.
7QUE, ALEXIS JANE
8ROXAS RHIAN SALVADOR
9SARGADO, J IRAH
10CAITLIN ENRILE LOPINGCO
11SALIRE, MOIRA ISABELLA S.J.
12QUE, JACE MATEUS
13LIM, MARC KENDRICK
14BAYAS, CHRISTIAN
15HOLAYSAN, ALESSANDRA
16CHAN, KIRSTEN DOMINIQUE
17ROCO, GWEN
18ROBLES, RED
19CARPIO, DENISE V.
20ADLAON, KYLA ANDREA
21NAVARRO, JANELLE ALEISONNE
22SARGADO, J IAH
23GO, DESIREE REGINE
24SALVADOR, RHEIZAL
25SANTOS, EIANE ERUBEL C.
26UY, MICHAEL JOHN D.
27BELLO, KYLA NICOLE
28CONCEPCION, BERNADETTE C.
29DE GUZMAN, AARON D.
30DE GUZMAN, FREDERICK
31RAMOS, MARIA NICOLE
32NICOLAS, BILLY JOE
33CASQUEJO, JANN DAVE RHODORE G.
34ATAYDE, MARY EDLYNN
35YULO, JENIÑA CLAIRE M.
36CALUBAYAN, PHYLLINE CRISTEL
37SAMONTE, JEAN KATHLEEN
38CABUGAO , LOUISA JEAN
39GABATA, KRISTINE JOY
40FAJARDO, EUNICE A.
41BAUTISTA, ANDREA CHRISTINE
42DOROMAL,REYSHEIL ANNE
43ALFONSO, EHRELL DANE G.
44CHUA REY STEPHEN
45BERNARDO, SHEENA DIANNE
46DELA CRUZ, MARGARET ELLYSE S.
47CHU, HAILEY LEANNE
48GABRIEL, ANGELA
49ODEÑA, IRISH BEA
50ALCANTARA, KARYLLE
51JUNIO, ZECHARIAH V.
52ALCANTARA, RAYNER GABRIELLE DO.
53NICOLAS, NADINE GRACE
54TONGCUA, HANNE MARGARET
55NIEBRES, GAMLIEL JETH
56RONGO, ALEC NATHAN
57BAROMAN, JETHER NOEL U.
58DELOS REYES, JAHYPEE
59FABIAN, LYZANDER JEPTAH
60CRUZ, ROANA MARIE
61JANG, SEAN
62ANZURES, PRINCESS ASHLEY C.
63GABRIEL, GRACIELA STEFF 
64RASINES, MATTHEW KENZIE
65DE LEON, ANGELA MHAE
66CALICA, IO ARISTOTLE NIKOLAI
67CRUZ, KNAYNE B.
68GO, JUNKY XAVIER M.
69DE CASTRO, JULIANE KATE
70MATIAS, ROZENDA DC.
71YAP, IVAN BENEDICT LEE
72REYES, MA. CLARRIZA
73MERCADO, MALEINA MAV
74CADION, JARED EMMANUEL
75PANERIO, JULIAN MILES
76BASTON, MATT EZEKIEL 
77YAP, MARC ADRIAN
78RIVERA, SHANE
79PANGAN SERG ANSEL V.
80YAO, KAYE
81SOLIDARIOS, CANDICE RENEE BEATRICE T.
82SARROSA, RALPH JOSHUA
83CHAN, VICENTE RAPHAEL
84BUO, DAPHNEE
85MACHACON, ALEC PIUS
86MUÑOZ, MILES
87SUAREZ, ERROL JOHN
88GABATA, JOHN JOSEPH
89PORAL, NEIL PHILLIP J.

NO WALK-IN WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE CONTEST.

ATTN: CHANGE IN TIME AND VENUE OF 13TH SUDOKU FINALS

Please be informed that the venue of the 13th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge shall be on the 4th floor, SM Sta. Mesa on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Due to the narrow space of the venue, the contest will come in two batches.

  • First Batch:
  • Grandmaster, Under 15 and Under 12 categories.
  • The registration starts at 8:00 AM while the contest proper begins at 9:00 AM.
  • *The first batch participants should use the entrance gate which is just in front of Anytime Fitness near BDO Building.

 

  • Second Batch:
  • Under 8 and Under 10 categories
  • The registration starts at 11:00 AM and the contest proper starts at 12:30 PM.

All participants must bring any valid ID and Birth Certificate so that the correct category shall be assigned to all the national finalists of the 13th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge.

These are the official participants who confirmed their participation in the 13th PSSC:

For the uncategorized, please send your birthdate to pinoysudoku@mtgphil.org

  • 1 Chan, Kirsten Dominique Uncategorized
    2 Pinsoy Ayessah Lora Uncategorized
    3 Tero, Fernando Uncategorized
    4 Atayde Mary Edlynn Uncategorized
    5 Ordoño, Brylle Uncategorized
    6 Lim Fredrick Bjorn Uncategorized
    7 Mendez Princess Uncategorized
    8 Lim, Marc Kendrick Uncategorized
    9 Ebbay, Ria Bettina Uncategorized
    10 Casquejo, Jann Dave Rhodore G. Uncategorized
    11 Valenciano, Shaine Sophia B. Uncategorized
    12 De Guzman Frederick Uncategorized
    13 Baluso, Eileen Kim Uncategorized
    14 Abansi, Kasler Dell Uncategorized
    15 Santos , Eiane Erwhel Uncategorized
    16 Soriano, Vera Nicole D. Uncategorized
    17 Olesco, Kirsten Leni Uncategorized
    18 Cerio, Yssa Emmuelle Uncategorized

    No.NameCategory
    1Jao, Natasha MaeGrandmaster
    2Alberto, MeynardoGrandmaster
    3Liclican, SephiGrandmaster
    4Ramos, DarnellGrandmaster
    5Marcaida, Mikhaela AngeliqueGrandmaster
    6Lindayag, Francis OrionGrandmaster
    7Sed Anderson HolaysanGrandmaster
    8Acaban, MelisaGrandmaster
    9Nojadera, Raymond AndrewGrandmaster
    10Chan, Arianne Beatrice Y.Grandmaster
    11Poral, Neil Phillip J.Grandmaster
    12Krizelle Mae BorbajoGrandmaster
    13Ryan S. EstolatanGrandmaster
    14Solidarios, Candice Renee Beatrice T.Grandmaster
    15Gregorio, Jessica J.Grandmaster
    16Gabata, John Joseph D.J.Grandmaster
    17Teddy TanGrandmaster
    18Machacon, Alec PiusGrandmaster
    19Gabata, John Joseph Grandmaster
    20Layos, Mikhaella Grandmaster
    21Sarrosa, Ralph JoshuaGrandmaster
    22Errol John SuarezGrandmaster
    23Melendrez, Romeo DaneGrandmaster
    24Arcillas, Ana CarmelaGrandmaster
    25Gonzales, Cristine Mae S.Grandmaster
    26Caringal Mary JoyGrandmaster
    27Merle, Korina Blanca A. Grandmaster
    28Chan, Ethan RileyGrandmaster
    29Lasquite, Nicholas L.Grandmaster
    30Mandapat, Maria LourdesGrandmaster
    31Jamili, Kristine MaeGrandmaster
    32Yao Kent DaneilGrandmaster
    33Yao Jhereme KhyleGrandmaster
    34Kaye YaoGrandmaster
    35Cai JinnyGrandmaster
    36Gutierrez, Frederick Jr.Grandmaster
    37Rey Therese JanelleGrandmaster
    38Santiago, Jeter Isaac P.Grandmaster
    39Masbaño Raymund CarloGrandmaster
    40Edjay Ely HayagGrandmaster
    41Jan Vincent SimbolGrandmaster
    42Nebres, Bianca Denise Grandmaster
    43Garma, AllyzaGrandmaster
    44Lopez, Jan Erick Grandmaster
    45De Jesus, Mark Emerson G. Grandmaster
    46Tieng, LaraGrandmaster
    47Tadiosa, Kriz DianneGrandmaster
    48Baroman, Noelle FaithGrandmaster
    49Parra, Ma. Leibniz Charisse D. Grandmaster
    50Ramos, Richieline E.Grandmaster
    51Mendoza, Mark AllenGrandmaster
    52Lim, Melvin KristoffersonGrandmaster
    53Cierva, JeremyGrandmaster
    54Muñoz, MilesGrandmaster
    55Julia BerinGrandmaster
    56Buo, DaphneeGrandmaster
    57Chan, Vicente RaphaelGrandmaster
    58Olino, ShaneaGrandmaster
    59Olino, ShaenaGrandmaster
    60Jocson Raldz LorenGrandmaster
    61Catanus, Kaye Angelique P.Grandmaster
    62Shi, Charles Justin G.Grandmaster
    63Inna CeroGrandmaster
    64Algones, Lance Charlemagne OdysseyGrandmaster
    65Yu Jonathan ConradGrandmaster
    66Mamutuk, Alan NageenaUnder 10
    67Chan, Kyleigh DustineUnder 10
    68Calica, Io Aristotle NikolaiUnder 10
    69Anzures, Princess Ashley C.Under 10
    70Matias, Rozenda Dc.Under 10
    71Cruz, Knayne B.Under 10
    72Go, Junky Xavier M.Under 10
    73Rivera, ShaneUnder 10
    74Layos MarcellaUnder 10
    75De Leon, Angela MhaeUnder 10
    76Reyes, Ma. ClarrizaUnder 10
    77Veniegas, Rocky Andrie C.Under 10
    78Hipolito Frea KrisselaUnder 10
    79Panerio, Julian MilesUnder 10
    80Espanol, Junes IanUnder 10
    81Buenaventura, Princess Laine T.Under 10
    82Villados Krielyn CharizeUnder 10
    83Lim Keane Timothy MUnder 10
    84Bolaños Ralph BenedictUnder 10
    85Alessandra BasobasUnder 10
    86Cadion, Jared EmmanuelUnder 10
    87Selga Ethan JoshUnder 10
    88Pangan Serg Ansel V.Under 10
    89Yap Marc AdrianUnder 10
    90Mercado, Maleina MavUnder 10
    91Nable, Yvan Angelo P.Under 10
    92Rasines, Matthew KenzieUnder 10
    93Yap, Ivan Benedict LeeUnder 10
    94Jullion Louis QueUnder 10
    95Bolanos, Ralph Benedict Under 10
    96De Leon, Ghrayan Carla Under 12
    97Jang SeanUnder 12
    98Odeña, Irish BeaUnder 12
    99Bartolome Aile CovinUnder 12
    100Alec Nathan RongoUnder 12
    101Alcantara, Rayner Gabrielle Do.Under 12
    102Alfonso, Ehrell Dane G.Under 12
    103Bautista, Andrea Christine Under 12
    104Junio, Zechariah V.Under 12
    105Fajardo, Eunice A.Under 12
    106Pama, Hans KenzoUnder 12
    107Valmonte,Anjelo M.Under 12
    108Dela Cruz, Margaret Ellyse S.Under 12
    109Bernardo, Sheena Dianne Under 12
    110Dela Cruz Princess Anne TUnder 12
    111Alcantara, KarylleUnder 12
    112Chan Eliza ShannelUnder 12
    113Villados Kriane CharlesUnder 12
    114Niebres, Gamliel JethUnder 12
    115Baroman, Jether Noel U.Under 12
    116Salamatin, Errol ArvyUnder 12
    117Betchaida Jr., Edwin Under 12
    118Magno, Luzzia DorothyUnder 12
    119Gabata Kristine JoyUnder 12
    120Fabian, Lyzander JeptahUnder 12
    121Gabata, Kristine JoyUnder 12
    122Cabugao , Louisa Jean Under 12
    123Custodio, Joshua Allen T.Under 12
    124Angela GabrielUnder 12
    125Chu, Hailey LeanneUnder 12
    126Tongcua, Hanne MargaretUnder 12
    127Tongcua, Hanne MargaretUnder 12
    128Jhoana May C. SamonteUnder 12
    129Doromal,Reysheil AnneUnder 12
    130Chua Rey StephenUnder 12
    131Paulene Eriz PanganibanUnder 12
    132Delos Reyes, JahypeeUnder 12
    133Calubayan, Phylline CristelUnder 15
    134Maraye, Abdurrazzaq G.Under 15
    135Sargado, J IahUnder 15
    136De Guzman, Aaron D.Under 15
    137Holaysan, AlessandraUnder 15
    138Navarro, Janelle AleisonneUnder 15
    139Rodriguez, Rolan Kerbie Under 15
    140Nicolas, Billy JoeUnder 15
    141Adlaon, Kyla AndreaUnder 15
    142Red RoblesUnder 15
    143Perez, Ma. CarmelaUnder 15
    144Gomeri, Madeleine Rafaelle P.Under 15
    145Bello, Kyla NicoleUnder 15
    146Jeniña Claire M. YuloUnder 15
    147Uy, Michael John D.Under 15
    148Bayas, ChristianUnder 15
    149Go, Desiree RegineUnder 15
    150Salvador RheizalUnder 15
    151Samonte Jean KathleenUnder 15
    152Atayde Mary EdlynnUnder 15
    153Ramos, Maria NicoleUnder 15
    154Baroman, Noelle SophieUnder 15
    155Fernandez,Charlyn Joy A.Under 15
    156Cruz, Rey GabrielUnder 15
    157Umipig, Empress JayrielleUnder 8
    158Mamutuk, AqeelUnder 8
    159Sargado, J IrahUnder 8
    160Saladaga, Fa Shailyn AUnder 8
    161Manamparan, Adriel LenardUnder 8
    162Raymundo, Rhaiyanna R. Under 8
    163Roxas Rhian SalvadorUnder 8
    164Caitlin Enrile LopingcoUnder 8
    165Benitez Markken Erick P.Under 8
    166Patriarca, John GabrielUnder 8
    167Lopingco CaitinUnder 8
    168Reyes Alexies NicoleUnder 8
    169Ligsay, Juan MiguelUnder 8
    170Salire, Moira Isabella S.J.Under 8
    171Que, Alexis JaneUnder 8
    172Padilla, Rian Crystel N. Under 8
    173Solidarios, Kiersten Reese BerniceUnder 8
    174Fernandez, Princess BhellaUnder 8
    175Lim Gabriel RoyceUnder 8
    176Tongcua, Mary Viena LouiseUnder 8
    177Sarah Hyacinth D. MataUnder 8

MTG to follow WPF rule on Under 18 Category

Please be informed that as per recommendation from the World Puzzle Federation (WPF) of which the MTG Philippines is a member, all Under 18 participants of the 13th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge national finals will be split into two divisions: Under 15 (13-15yrs old) Division and Over 15 years old. All other participants over 15 will join the Grandmaster Division.

This new format in classifying the age category is in accordance to and in preparation for the 2019 Asia Sudoku Championship which will be held in Philippines in January next year.

In line with this, may we request all participants of Under 18 category to send us a scanned documents of your proof of birth on or before November 15, 2018 at this email address: pinoysudoku@mtgphil.org.

SM Sta. Mesa is the venue of 13th PSSC finals 

Please be informed that the 13th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge National Finals will be at SM City Sta. Mesa located at R. Magsaysay cor. G Araneta Ave, Dona Imelda, Quezon City on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
 
The participants are advised to proceed to the venue early because the registration starts at 7 AM while the contest at 8 AM. 
 
The format of the 13th PSSC has been changed to meet up the latest Sudoku competition standard in the international arena. Thus, the national finalists who are winners of the respective regions will vie for the major titles under the following categories: Under 8 (8 years old below), Under 10 (9-10 years old) and Under 12(11-12 years old), Under 18 (13-18 years old) and Sudoku Grandmaster (College/Professional Level).

Schedule of 13PSSC Regional Round in different Areas

Venue Coverage Area Date of Contest
1 SM City Rosales Pangasinan and nearby areas September 22, 2018
2 SM City Bacolod Province of Negros Occidental September 29, 2018
3 SM City Baliwag Bulacan and nearby areas September 29, 2018
4 SM City Cagayan de Oro Cagayan De Oro City and nearby areas September 29, 2018
5 SM City Iloilo Iloilo City and nearby areas September 29, 2018
6 SM City Naga Bicol Region September 29, 2018
7 SM City Olongapo Olongapo and nearby areas September 29, 2018
8 SM City Tarlac Tarlac and nearby areas September 29, 2018
9 SM City Cebu Central Visayas and nearby areas September 30, 2018
10 SM City Clark Pampanga and nearby Areas September 30, 2018
11 TBA Province of Batangas October 27, 2018
12 SM City Lanang Davao Region and nearby areas October 13, 2018
13 Cyberzone, SM City Marikina NCR and nearby areas October 13, 2018
14 Philippine Tong Ho Institute Quezon province and nearby areas October 20, 2018
15 Cavite School of Life – Salawag Cavite, Laguna, Las Pinas Area October 6, 2018. 1:00pm

UP Rural High School student conquers 12th Philippine Sudoku finals

Candice Renee Beatrice Solidarios, of the University of the Philippines (UP) Rural High School in Bay, Laguna won as the Philippines’ Sudoku Grand Master as she was declared champion in the Grand Master Category during the 12th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge (PSSC) national finals held at Skydome, SM North EDSA, Quezon City last January 27, 2018.

Besides Solidarios who received P60,000 for her feat, others who won in the Grand Master category are: Errol John Suarez of University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi, first runner-up with P40,000; Alec Pius Machacon of AXA, second runner-up with P20,000; Ralph Joshua Sarrosa, third runner-up; and Sed Anderson Holaysan of Lexmark, fourth runner-up.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Conrad Yu, of the Philippine Christian Gospel School in Cebu City won as champion and received P50,000 in the Wizard Category for high school students.

Declared as first runner-up with P30,000 prize was Kirsten Dominique Chan of Bayanihan Institute. She was followed by John Joseph Gabata of Dr. Yanga’s Colleges, second runner-up who got P20,000; Jan Vincent Simbol of De La Salle University Integrated School, third runner-up; and Marc Kendrick Lim of Parada National High School, fourth runner-up.

Equally reaping honors for herself was Louisa Jean Cabugao of Akle Elementary School in Bulacan who won as champion and received P20, 000 in the Whiz Kid Category for elementary students.

Rounding up the winners’ circle are: Angela Mae Gabriel of Sabang Elementary School, first runner-up with P10,000; Hailey Leanne Chu of Hua Siong College of Iloilo, second runner-up with P5,000; Matthew Kenzie Rasines of Philippine Christian Gospel School, third runner-up; and Jether Baroman of Tambo Central School, fourth runner-up.

A total of 151 students competed in this year’s PSSC national finals: Grand Master Category (30), Wizard Category (82), and Whiz Kid Category (39).

This year’s PSSC was made possible by the following co-organizers SM North EDSA, The Skydome, SHARP Calculators and Philippine Star and by the following sponsors: Phoenix Publishing House, SIB Publishing House, David’s Tea House, Royal Garden Restaurant, Vital 1 Purified Drinking Water and Zamboanga Today.