Oct 12, 2009

4th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge regional eliminations at SM Supermalls

BALIUAG, Bulacan—The country’s Sudoku pros, otherwise known as masters, can now a have a chance to compete with the reigning champion, John Robert Valcos, by joining the regional eliminations of the 4th Sudoku Super Challenge scheduled on October 17.
Valcos, a college student at the Saint Mary’s College in Baliuag, was declared winner at the 3rd Brands Sudoku Thailand International Open 2009 held at the Central World, Bangkok, Thailand, on April 18 and 19 this year, three months after winning the national finals.
Marilene Ramos, a math coordinator of the Mathematics Trainers’ Guild Philippines (MTG-Phil) in Bulacan, acted as Valcos’s coach and trainer at the Sudoku competition.
Valcos earlier won the National Sudoku Challenge, organized by MTG-Phil with the BusinessMirror, in cooperation with SM Supermalls, in January this year.
The first runner-up to Valcos was Pangasinan high-school student Sara Jane Cua, who won last year’s First Brands Asia-Pacific Sudoku Challenge.
Regionals in 10 SM malls
Meanwhile, Bev Cruz, information officer of SM City Baliwag, explained that the 4th  Sudoku Super Challenge regional eliminations is set to take place in 10 SM Supermall branches on October 17.
The event will bring together Sudoku enthusiasts from different regions across the country. 
Cruz said the contest will simultaneously take place in SM Baliwag, SM Batangas City, SM Baguio, SM Pampanga, SM Dasmariñas, SM Lucena, SM Cagayan de Oro, SM Iloilo, SM Bacolod and SM Cebu.
Cruz added that the three-part elimination stage includes the Sudoku Whiz Kid for elementary level, Sudoku Wizard for secondary level and the Sudoku Grand Master tertiary and professional level.
Regional qualifiers will then compete in the Sudoku National Finals to be held at the Skydome of SM City North Edsa on January 30, 2010.
Cruz said at least 20 original Sudoku Puzzles answered correctly and published from the BusinessMirror’s July 14 issue onwards are needed to qualify for the regional eliminations.
Deadline of entries is on October 12. Interested parties may contact MTG’s Joyette Perez at 0928-6312146; interested Bulacan Sudoku enthusiasts may contact Marilene Ramos at (044) 766-2265 and at 0917-8659499. 

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