Team PH overall champion in HK memory open
MANILA, Philippines – Mark Anthony Castaneda and Jamyla Lambunao led Team Philippines to the overall championship in the 1st Hong Kong Open Memory Championship held over the weekend at the True Light Girls College in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Castaneda, the first Filipino to reach the “grand master” of memory (GMM) status in the fledgling mind sport, topped the adult division, while Lambunao, a grade 7 student of the St. Scholastica’s Academy in Marikina, took home the crown in the kids division.
Castaneda was in third place after five events on Saturday, but came back strong on Sunday to finish with a total of 5,239 points. He edged early leader and compatriot GMM Erwin Balines, who netted 5,212 points.
Another Filipino, Johann Randall Abrina, was on seventh place on Saturday but climbed to third place at the end of the competition with 4,747 points.
In the kids division, Lambunao ran away with the title after placing second in the 2012 World Memory Championship in London.
Team Philippines finished with a total of 15,198 points to bag the top prize of HK$10,000.
Meanwhile, Mongolia dominated the juniors division en route to a second place finish, with 14,369 points. Hosts Hong Kong finished third, with 10,601 points.
“The competition here was very tough, especially the Mongolians who sent a strong team,” said head coach Roberto Racasa. “Now, we are going to prepare for the World Memory Championship in London in November.”
The team was organized by the Philippine Mind Sports Association. Other members included Kian Christopher Aquino, Abbygale Monderin, Bryan Robert Yee, Anne Bernadette Bonita, Axylancy Cowan Tabernilla, Ydda Graceille Mae Habab and Rhojani Joy Nasiad.
The competition was sanctioned by the World Memory Sports Council and founded by the Hong Kong Memory Sports Council.
It follows the WMSC standard of competition that features Names and Faces (5 minutes), Binary Numbers (5 minutes), Random Numbers (15 minutes), Abstract Images (15 minutes), Speed Numbers (5 minutes), Historic / Future Dates (5 minutes), Playing Cards (10 minutes), Random Words (5 minutes), Spoken Numbers (100 seconds & 300 seconds) and Speed Cards.
Aside from the Philippines, Mongolia and Hong Kong, memory athletes from Canada, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, India and Japan also competed in the event.