This piece of good news (and to some, outrageous) was first brought to our attention by a certain islesev, a kibitzer from Philippine Chess Portal but first published on eduphil.org. This is a historical moment for Philippine chess. Every chess supporter in the country, if their time will allow, should be at DepEd Complex tomorrow in Pasig City to show some support. No other than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be gracing the event. Don't forget to bring your camera. See you all there at DepEd!... and oh, for the critics, sorry folks, but it's too late for any grumbling. Learn the basic moves of the pieces first then come back later ;)
This April 30, 2009 (Thursday) will be the MOA signing between the Department of Education and the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, as well as the launching of the National Chess Academy. President Arroyo will be present, as well as DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus and NCFP President Prospero Pichay. The venue will be Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. The activity will start at 8:00 A.M. (the original announcement here was 10:30 A.M.).
Chess will now be integrated in the basic education curriculum of Grades 3-6 and High School 1-4. It is to promote the development of higher order thinking skills and values among the students.
Photo opportunities available. For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact Ella Romblon-Arienda at 633-7206 or Kenneth Tirado at 637-4933.
(via DepEd Communications Unit)
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