Pinoy sport stacking champ next YouTube sensation

Posted at 05/23/08 1:46 PM

World sport stacking champion Steven Purugganan is fast becoming the next Pinoy YouTube sensation as his video on the Web reportedly clicked more than half a million hits and is still growing.

The 10-year-old Pinoy phenom from Long Meadow, Massachusetts is the 2008 world record holder for cycle sport stacking.

His speed? A blazing 6.21 seconds set at the World Sport Stacking Championship in Denver, Colorado last April.

“I’m very excited because I am the fastest person in the world. I am trying to get under six seconds in world time so I am looking forward to the next tournament,” Parugganan said.

Previously known as cup stacking, sport stacking originated in California in the early 80s.

It's an exciting individual or team sport where participants stack and unstack 12 specially designed high-tech cups in pyramids at lightning speeds.

Born in Shaumburg, Illinois, Purugganan was only six months old when he held his first plastic cups.

He didn't get into sport stacking until a year and a half ago, but Purugganan has already shattered many records.

Today, he holds not just one but three current world records.

“We were thrilled. We never imagined that he would get to where he is right now so fast, a world record holder,” said his mom Marivic.

“The best thing is he hasn’t changed a bit. He’s still the same Steven we’ve known,” his grandmother Lourdes Salvador said.

Governed by the World Sport Stacking Association, sport stacking became a full-fledged sport only in 2001.

Purugganan’s mother said it's not only a fun game, it may help improve brain functions as well.

“It improves hand-eye coordination tremendously. That's very obvious like how he approves that. And with the dexterity, it really challenges using your left and right brain at the same time," she said.

Today, more than 24,000 schools and youth organizations practice the sport around the world.

Insiders said sport stacking will be the next Pinoy youth craze as it is scheduled to launch in the Philippines this year.

But that’s not all. Purugganan is also destined for national television fame.  He was in Chicago recently to shoot a McDonalds TV commercial, scheduled to air nationwide this year. With Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau, Chicago