What started as a relaxed gathering of people with a shared interest turned into an adrenaline-filled competition of two hundred ten finalists showcasing their Sudoku skills in front of a crowd of supporters, shoppers and spectators during the 9th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge (PSSC) held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Skydome, SM City North EDSA, in Quezon City.
This year’s number puzzles, which added up to 27, were far more difficult than they were in the previous years. Some of the never-heard puzzles include 6 X 6 Star Product Sudoku, Property Sudoku, Position Sudoku, Prime Sudoku, Missing 8 and 9 Sudoku, Pyramid Sudoku, Halved-Square Sudoku, Samurai Sudoku and Mega Sudoku, to mention a few. All were supposed to be answered within two hours and 35 minutes.
The winners of the 9th PSSC are as follow:
|Sudoku Whiz Kid||School|
|Champion||Albriz Moore Bagsic||Lilyrose School, Tanauan|
|1st Runner – up||Kirsten Dominique Chan||Bayanihan Institute|
|2nd runner – up||Kyla Andrea Adlaon||International School for Better Beginnings|
|3rd runner – up||Robert Frederick Uy||St. John’s Institute, Bacolod|
|4th runner – up||Ronn Derick Simbol||BHC Educational Institute, Inc, Tarlac|
|Champion||Gerrick Spencer Limsiy||Grace Christian College, Quezon City|
|1st Runner – up||Bryan Russel S. Esperanza||St. Loius University High School|
|2nd runner – up||Simbol, Jan Vincent||BHC Educational Institute, Inc.|
|3rd runner – up||Yu, Jonathan Condrad||Philippine Christian Gospel School|
|4th runner – up||Raymund Carlo Masbaño||St. John’s Institute, Bacolod|
|Champion||Kaye Janelle Yao||Grace Christian College|
|1st Runner – up||Alvin Ian Chan||Ateneo De Manila University|
|2nd runner – up||Natalia Beatrice Dy||St. John’s Institute, Bacolod|
|3rd runner – up||Joel Edward Cardinal||Team Pacific|
|4th runner – up||Ralph Joshua Sarroza||University of the Philippines|
The 9th PSSC had been made more special by the presence of some guests, SM North EDSA Mall manager, Mr. Simon Ong, owner of David Tea House, Ms. Elaine Chong and Ms. Annie Sy, President and General Secretary of Philippine Chinese General Restaurant Association, Inc., respectively
The biggest contributing factors for the success of the 9th PSSC were the following sponsors: SM Supermalls, SM North EDSA, Skydome, Phoenix Publishing House, Inc., David Tea House, SHARP Calculators, Vital 1 Purified Mineral Water, Philippine Star, Skyworth Travel Agency, and Zamboanga Today.