Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ma. Czarina Angela Lao seizes the 2012 Sudoku grandmaster tilt

It took only a sophomore student of St. Jude Catholic School to sweep the Sudoku contest away when Ma. Czarina Angela Lao, 15, emerged as the new champion of the grandmaster category of the 6th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge National Finals held at SM North EDSA in Quezon City last January 28, 2012.

Having solved correctly most of the 21 Sudoku puzzles in the first five rounds, Lao moved to the 6th round for the championship stage where the 1896.2 total points she garnered made her stand with much ease to be this year’s little giant in the Philippine Sudoku. As champion, Lao won P60,000 and a trophy.

Besting 37 other Sudoku grandmaster participants were Alvin Ian Chan of Ateneo de Manila University, first runner-up, winning P40,000 and a trophy; Kaye Janelle Yao of Grace Christian College, second runner-up winning P20,000 and a trophy. Jemima Sawey of St. Louis University Baguio, third runner-up and Ralph Sarrosa of University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo, fourth runner-up took home gift certificates courtesy of SM Supermalls.

Emerging champion in the Sudoku Wizard category with 156 national finalists is another 15-year-old Dielle Tio of St. Stephen’s High School winning P50,000 and a trophy. The other winners are Melvin Baldrias of Da Canlao Agoncillo National High School in Batangas, first runner-up, winning P30,000 and a trophy; Ethan Riley Chan of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School, second runner-up, winning P20,000 and a trophy. Chesko Grezula of Olongapo National High School, third runner-up and Cheyenne Hsieh of Grace Christian College, fourth runner-up also brought home gift certificates.

In the Sudoku Whiz Kid division, which had 56 finalists, 11-year-old Natalia Beatrice Dy of St. John’s Institute of Bacolod City won as champion and brought home P20,000 and a trophy. Making it to the top five are Candice Renee Beatrice Solidarios of Integrated Montessory Center in Laguna, first runner-up and won P10,000 plus trophy; Gerald Dalan of Olongapo Wesley School, second runner-up and won P5,000 plus trophy. Clyde Wesley Ang of Chiang Kai Shek College, third runner-up; and Guineveve Soria of Precious International School of Davao, fourth runner-up received gift certificates from SM Supermalls.

The opening program in the morning was interrupted with applause and laughter from finalists and spectators as the guest speaker Dr. Cecilio K. Pedro, President and Chairman of Lamoiyan Corporation gave inspiring messages, challenging the participants to be world class Pinoys.

Inspiring the participants with their messages were Dr. Emelyn Libunao, Staff Director for Program Management, Philippine Information Agency and Ms. Millie F. Dizon, Vice President for Marketing Communications, SM Supermalls who also presented the awards to the winners.

Playing significant roles during the contest were the chief jurors, Prof. Ma. Luisa Villano, Admissions Officer, Miriam College and Dr. Jaime Caro, Assistant Vice President for Development and Director, UPIT Training Center Program. Their members were former MTG kids who are now successful in the different fields of endeavor.

Other sponsors of the 6th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge National Finals are Phoenix Publishing House, SHARP Calculators, Zamboanga Today, JFC Publishing, Vital, Adtime and Space, Hapee Toothpaste, McDonald’s and some MTG kids.

Dr. Simon Chua, president, MTG Philippines said that he was surprised with the turnout of the regional elimination round which gathered more than 6000 participants from all over the Philippines. He said that the MTG would decide who among the winners would represent the Philippines in the 2012 Beijing International Sudoku Tournament in China in May, the 2012 World Sudoku Championship in Croatia, BRAND’s Sudoku Challenge 2012 Asia Pacific Open in Singapore and 6th BRAND’s Sudoku Thailand International Open 2012-Princess Somsawali Cup.

216 Sudoku Puzzlers to join the 6th PSSC National Finals

It’s final!!! A total of 216 Sudoku puzzlers from across the Philippine archipelago will come face to face for the final battle of the 6th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at SM City North EDSA, the Annex, in Quezon City. They will be competing for the following categories:


  1. Sudoku Whiz Kid (Elementary level),
  2. Sudoku Wizard (High School Level), and
  3. Sudoku Grand Master (Collegiate and Professional Level)


From these 216 Sudoku national finalists, top three winners in each category are likely to emerge. They will bring home some gift items and cash prizes which they will use to book for plane tickets when they will represent our country in any of these competitions:


  1. BRAND’S® Sudoku Challenge 2012 Asia Pacific Open in Singapore
  2. 2012 World Sudoku Championship, Town of Umag, Croatia
  3. 6th BRAND’S SUDOKU Thailand International Open 2012 Princess Somsawali Cup in Thailand
  4. 2012 Beijing International Sudoku Tournament (BIST), Beijing, China


The MTG Philippines has promised that this year’s Sudoku national finalists will solve more challenging puzzles which come in ascending difficulty. To know more about the types of sample puzzles which are likely to come out in the contest, they can see the puzzles featured in Philippine Star and Zamboanga Today.

On the accommodation aspect, only those national finalists from provinces who have been notified can avail of the free hostel accommodation courtesy of Phoenix Publishing House, Inc. Non-participants are not included in this package.

However, coaches and accompanying persons who wish to stay with their participants may contact Mr. Robert J. Degolacion, MTG Office Director at his email address,, for reservation.

Please be guided that the 6th PSSC T-shirt which will be issued upon registration on January 28, 2012 and will be used in the entire duration of the contest.  Those contestants who failed in indicating their shirt sizes will have to settle for the available shirt with the closest fit.

The registration will start at 8:30 AM so please be at the contest venue an hour or so before.  School or company ID must also be presented during the registration for your advantage and convenience.  Please take note that the registration will close at 9:30 AM.

Moreover, since SM North EDSA opens for business at 10 AM, and the registration starts at 8:30 AM, you may use the Garden Entrance to reach the Citystyle 4F.  The RDU Entrance leading to the car park may also be used.  There will be signages to guide you to reach the contest venue.

Always find time to visit the MTG website for further announcement and information especially on the exact location of the contest at the SM City North EDSA. Likewise, always check your personal email box.

Below is the complete and final list of the 6th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge national finalists.


1Alvaran, Rigel Kent Special Education Center for the Gifted
2Ang, Cyde Wesley Chiang Kai Shek College
3Argana, Ralph Ernest BHC Educational Institution
4Balidoy, Ed Mathew G. St. Louis University (LES)
5Bangog, Grail A. St. Louis School Center, Elem. Dept.
6Basa, Vince Lennon BHC Educational Institution
7Behiga, April Rose St. Joseph Academy
8Binch, Khenneth P. St. Louis University (LES)
9Boado, Krizzel Joy R. St. Louis University (LES)
10Boyowan, Shania Jade C. St. Louis School Center, Elem. Dept.
11Bugne, Cathleen Joy M. Baguio Central School
12Camo, Rubi Francesca L. First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities
13Chan, Kirsten Dominique S. Bayanihan Institute
14Chan, Vicente RaphaelZamboanga Chong Hua High School
15Claveria, Elijamin WolfgangElizabeth Seton School - South
16Co, Ma. Samantha Isabel Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS
17Co, Maxinne Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS
18Comicho, Crilex N. Bonifacio Elementary School, Baguio City
19Cruz, Kizia Aubrey Cerine
20Cuaresma, Mharanee Clarisse Angels Mangaldan Pangasinan
21Dalan, Gerald Olongapo Wesley School
22De Guzman, Charlene Maryhill College
23Dy, NataliaSt. John's Insitute, Bacolod City
24Go, Xavier Jefferson RayZamboanga Chong Hua High School
25Ho, Shannon GailZamboanga Chong Hua High School
26Ildesa, Miguel PAREF-Westbridge
27Irisari, Gene Bethany Christian School
28King, Grant Aaron Grace Christian College
29Lamban, Jann LouieCebu Eastern College
30Liclican, Andrei Janessa BHC Educational Institution
31Limsiy, Gerrick Spencer Grace Christian College
32Locsin, Jose IgnacioBacolod City/Negros Occidental
33Malibago, Ma. Ellaine Camille D.Sto. Ni–o SPED Center - Tacloban City
34Melendrez, Romeo Dane Olongapo Wesley School
35Olino, Shanea Iligan City East Central School
36Ong, Sanielle MelizSt. John's Insitute, Bacolod City
37Ordo–o, Bret Jarod Sean BHC Educational Institution
38Pobre, MoniqueSt. Augustine's School - Iba, Zambales
39Rentero, Kianne GabrielMontessori School of Malolos
40Reyes, Francesca AmorSaint Paul University Phil.
41Santiago, Gem CollinsMontessori School of Malolos
42Serdoncillo, Justine John Elizabeth Seton School - South
43Siu, Kate Anne Thea Philippine Tong Ho Institute
44Solidarios, Candice Renee Beatrice T. Integrated Montessory Center
45Soria, Guineveve Precious International School of Davao
46Suarez, Errol JohnBicol University CEILS, Daraga, Albay
47Sy, CamilleZamboanga Chong Hua High School
48Sy, Gabriela Davao Central High School
49Tadina, Kristia Samantha BHC Educational Institution
50Tamondong, Alexandra Jane Dominican School
51Tan, Bryan Joseph Grace Christian College
52Tejano, Anna Mikaela Miraculous Medal Academy
53Torcuato, Irene Danica B. Baguio Pines Family Learning Center
54Tuting, jam ElleonKong Hua School
55Yu, Jonathan Conrad Philippine Christian Gospel School
56Yu, Shaun ChristopherZamboanga Chong Hua High School

1Abuan, Stephen Richard C. Irisan National High School
2Abubo, Josel Blas C. St. Louis University Laboratory High School
3Adlaon, Kate Anne International School for Better Beginnings
4Aguilar, Kyle Darryl Phil. Cultural College
5Aguilon, Jianne Samantha Rae St. Augustine's School - Iba Zambales
6Ala, Paul John St. Paul College Makati
7Alcala, Samantha Gail St. Paul College Pasig
8Alibin, PaulineElizabeth Seton - South
9Allidem, Janelle D. Baguio City National High School
10Allona, Christian Sun Yat Sen High School
11Ang, Sofie Janell Kong Hua School, Cagayan de Oro City
12Aparte, Danielle Nadine International School for Better Beginnings
13Apuya, AlexandraAquinas Univ. High School Legaspi City
14Arcadio, Princess Las Pi–as National High School
15Arrieta, Mark Anthony St. John's Academy of El Salvador
16Atilano, James ChristianZamboanga Chong Hua High School
17Ayroso, Mikel Paul Grace Christian College
18Balagtas, Thea JustineElizabeth Seton - South
19Baldrias, Melvin Da Canlao Agoncillo National HS, Batangas
20Bautista, Ronel Subic National High School
21Baylon, Chryzlyn Sophia C. University of Baguio Science High School
22Bearneza, Frederick Amiel Elizabeth Seton - South
23Bermundo, Roxanne L.C. Young Learners' Home Co., Inc.
24Borbajo, Krizell Mae University of San Carlos
25Bugay, Sefina Glisa Olongapo National High School
26Cai, Dan PingPhilippine Cultural College
27Calicdan, PaulPangasinan Universal Institute
28Calma, Jan Carlo D. Don Bosco Institute - Tarlac
29Camo, Ni–a First Asia Institute of Tech. & Humanities
30Carranceja, Jason Carlo Grace Christian College
31Casipit, Raphael PaoloDominican School
32Cervantes, John Jay Joshua N. Don Bosco Institute - Tarlac
33Cervantes, John Justin Jacob N. Don Bosco Institute - Tarlac
34Chan, Arianne Beatrice Grace Christian College
35Chan, Ethan RileyZamboanga Chong Hua High School
36Chan, Zernon Ezra Philippine Tong Ho Institute
37Chen, Kathleen DeniseSun Yat Sen High School of Iloilo, Inc.
38Chia, Judilyn Cebu Eestern College
39Chiong, Terence ClyveKong Hua School, Cagayan de Oro City
40Cho, Seung Hwan Bayanihan Institute
41Chong, Justin Bryan Grace Christian College
42Chua, Annabelle Cebu Eestern College
43Chua, Jarrell YvesZamboanga Chong Hua High School
44Chua, Riz HilaryDavao Central High School
45Concepcion, Francis Philippine Cultural College
46Cruz, Jericho Jannsen L. Don Bosco Institute - Tarlac
47Cua, Mark DavidsonPangasinan Universal Institute
48Dantes, Justine Karl Patrick Don Bosco Institute - Tarlac
49De Guzman, Kimson John BHC Educational Institution, Inc.
50Dela Cruz, Maria Hannah Y. Santa Rosa Science and Technology HS
51Dy, Jillian Farah Cebu Eestern College
52Dy, Mark JohnPangasinan Universal Institute
53Dy, Royce Kong Hua School, Cagayan de Oro City
54Edora, Denis SenidRegional Science High School III
55Enguerra, Romeo M. Colegio San Agustin - Bi–an
56Escobar, Gerwin Regional Science High School III
57Esperanza, Bryan Russel S. St. Louis University Laboratory High School
58Fadlen, Frances Louise B. Baguio City National High School
59Flores, Justin JourneiUnion Christian College
60Gimena, Jerelyn Mae St. Joseph's Academy of El Salvador
61Go, GeneZamboanga Chong Hua High School
62Grezula, Chesko Olongapo National High School
63Ho, Lance Davao Central High School
64Hsieh, Cheyenne Grace Christian College
65Ignacio, Nheil Valenzuela Science High School
66Illana, Bryan Pocholo MiguelDivine Light Aacademy - Molino
67Juntilla, Dave Laurence Philippine Science High School-SMC
68Labawig, Avery Baguio City National High School
69Lago, Bianca Marie Inosluban-Maramoy National HS, Batangas
70Liclican, Sephi MarzPhilippine Science High School - Ilocos
71Lim Tiong Soon, Kelsey Grace Christian College
72Lim, Kimberly Davao Central High School
73Lim, Ronald AdrianZamboanga City High School - Main
74Lofranco, Life Christian M.Philippine Science High School-EVC
75Lora, Catherine Ateneo de Davao University
76Luzano, Heinje D. Baguio City National High School
77Magaoay, Pia Pollaine Dominican School
78Magtagob, Kim Oliver Canossa Academy
79Malungcut, Kendrick Timothy T. Don Bosco Institute - Tarlac
80Manganar, James Ju–orKong Hua School, Cagayan de Oro City
81Marcos, Himig Philippine Cultural College
82Merle, Korina Bianca Mary Hill College
83Mirabueno, Jose Alfonso Philippine Science High School - SMC
84Naungayan, Dan Alfred John De La Salle Lipa, Batangas
85Ng, Anfernee Sun Yat Sen High School
86Ng, Steve HKZamboanga Chong Hua High School
87Nodado, Sean ErnestSt. Joseph School - La Salle
88Ongchinkee, Jayson Philippine Cultural College
89Onglao, Ma. Andrea St. Paul College Pasig
90Pacto, Josue D. Santa Rosa Science and Technology HS
91Padilla, StefanieAquinas Univ. High School Legaspi City
92Padre, Joben Ryan A. Don Bosco Institute - Tarlac
93Pajarito, Irene ClaireZamboanga City
94Pegollo, Colleen Ann Santa Rosa Science and Technology HS
95Petano, Nelle MarieSt. Mary's College of Baliuag - Bulacan
96Potot, Joshua Colegio San Agustin - Bi–an
97Pucyutan, Guia Janelle C. First Asia Institute of Tech. & Humanities
98Radam, Ricsoon Lester PhiLeyte Progressive High School - Tacloban City
99Ra–a, John MichaelangeloAquinas Univ. High School Legaspi City
100Reyes, Jonathan Gabriel Pasig Catholic College
101Roque, Melvin Rei Colegio San Agustin - Bi_an
102Rosal, Gereleen ShaneAquinas Univ. High School Legaspi City
103Samson, Stephen JasperAquinas Univ. High School Legaspi City
104Sarmiento, Aries Zambales National High School
105Sawali, Akkiara Symonn May St. Augustine's School - Iba Zambales
106Sudarlingam, CharieMakati Science High School
107Sween, Kenny Koh TingImmaculate Conception School of Baliuag
108Sy, Judy Phil. Cultural College
109Sy, RavenZamboanga Chong Hua High School
110Sy, UrielCebu Eestern College
111Tabora, Arfhaxad ICA, Batac City
112Tamayo, Jerico RemuelGood Sheperd Cathedral School
113Tan , Carlo PatrickZamboanga Chong Hua High School
114Tan, KennichiZamboanga Chong Hua High School
115Tio, Dielle St. Stephens' High School
116Tisado, April RoseNotre Dame of Abuyog - Abuyog, Leyte
117Tiu, Katrina NoelleSacred Heart Collge - Tacloban City
118Torres, Angela Mari S. Baguio City National High School
119Tsoi, StefanieSt. John's Insitute, Bacolod City
120Tugano, Pauleen DaeRegional Science High School III
121Utleg, Miguel St. Paul University Phil. - Tuguegarao
122Uy, Cristina Philippine Tong Ho Institute
123Valenzuela, IsabelElizabeth Seton - South
124Yago, Xristia Karla Baguio City National High School
125Yan, Alexandra Mikaela Regional Science High School III

1Arcillas, Ana Carmela UP Diliman
2Bayron, Christopher John DLSU - Manila
3Bobadilla, Suzanne TOP Mechatonics of the Philippines
4Borlongan, Bryan JosephUniversity of the Philippines
5Chua, JosephBusinessman
6Cora–ez, Aldwin Out of School Youth, Batangas
7Cruz, John Elies T.University of the Philippines - Diliman
8De Belen, March MatiasBanco de Oro Bulacan
9Decoran, Reagan A. Bonifacio Elementary School, Baguio City
10del Mundo,Joselito Mary Hill College
11Dola, First Jay
12Estolatan, Ryan UP Diliman
13Fabricante, JanissaMSU - IIT
14Gam-ad, Jocelyn Q. Irisan National High School
15Garcia, Lance S. UP Baguio
16Garcia, Marc Joseph UP Dilliman, Batangas
17Jolo, Jerson
18Lao, CzarinaSaint Jude Catholic School
19Liclican, MarizalSan Fernando, La Union
20Loo, Vincent JamesUnlmtd. Network of Opportunities Int'l Corp.
21Lumbres, Lara Mae UP Los Banos, Laguna
22Luy, Tiffany Gem Ateneo de Davao University
23Machacon, Alec University of San Carlos
24Maravillas, Lance Iligan
25Ong, Fred
26Pagilagan, AlbertDe La Salle Santiago Zobel School
27Primicias, Jose Jesus Dagupan City
28Rey, John CarloUniversity of the Philippines Los Banos
29Rostata, Jorgeatte Eleanor B.UP Visayas Tacloban College
30Sarrosa, Ralph University of the Philippines -Visayas
31Sawey, Jemima A. St. Louis University
32Solano, John Patrick PUP
33Tabeta, Christine Joy L. UP Baguio
34Villena, Jaymar Ateneo de Davao University
35Yao, Kaye JanelleGrace Christian College
36Yao, Kent Daniel UP Diliman