Thursday, June 25, 2009

Palmdale Chess

In case some of you are still unaware of this one day chess event. I'm off to Cubao on Sunday but still in the the crossroads on either to join or observe (so I can blog).

crossing my finger for a nice weather...

mobile no: + 63 919 849 3648

No less than National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., is invited to grace the first-ever Palmdale Import and Export Co. Rapid Chess Tournament gets underway on Sunday (June 28) at the Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School (RMCHS) along Edsa, Cubao (opposite of Nepa Q-Mart).

Tournament organizer RP and US Chess Master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr., said Pichay, also the chair of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), will give his inspirational message to the participants of the three-division event (kiddies 14 years old and below, womens and non-master),sponsored by sportsman/ businessman Fernando "Kuya Nanding" Reyes, FDR International, XT2000 Orange Oil and Diana Secret for anti aging treatment, which aims to promote chess in the grassroots-level.

" We expect around 200 chess players to participate," said Chief Arbiter Erwin Carag, a certified International Arbiter of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and a strong National Master in the country.

Sunday morning's program will start the registration at 9 a.m. before Pichay will give his inspirational message at 11 a.m.

Pichay along with Asia's First Grandmaster Eugene Torre, an alumni of RMCHS Cubao campus, 2009 Khanti, Mansiyk World Chess Championships (World Chess Cup) qualifier GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr., GM Jayson Gonzales and GM Mark Paragua will do the traditional ceremonial moves. GMs Torre, Antonio, Gonzales and Paragua are long-time resident of Quezon City.

Also invited to grace the opening rites are Quezon City Mayor Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte, Vice Mayor Herbert "Bistek" Bautista, 3rd district rep. Matias Defensor, 4th district rep. Nanette Castelo Daza, 4th district councilors headed by Bayani Hipol, Janet Malaya, Edsel Lagman, Bong Suntay, Vincent Belmonte and Barangay Kaunlaran chair Teresa Atentar.

FREE LUNCH TO ALL PARTICIPANTS in the said three division tournament (Non-Master, Kiddies 14 years old and below, Womens). Registration fee for the non-master category is P300 while for the kiddies (14 years old and below) and womens divisions are P200 each. For details: please call / txt IA/ NM Erwin Carag, 0921-228-8167 and NM Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. 0919-849-3648 or email at,

The breakdown of cash prizes as follows:

(Non-Master division) 1st-P4,000, 2nd-P2,000, 3rd-P1,000, 4th-P500, 5th-P500, 6th to 10th placers (Give aways products: Dickies and Time Life Books), Top Senior (50 years old and above); Top Juniors (20 years old and below);Top Executive; Top Unrated; Top journalist; Top Artist; Top Ramon Magsaysay Student (Give aways products: Dickies and Time Life Books).

(Kiddies 14 years old and below division) 1st-P2,000, 2nd-P1,000, 3rd-P500, 4th to 5th-P250 each, 6th to 10th-Time Life Books, youngest participants-Time Life Books.

(Womens divisions) 1st-P2,000, 2nd-P1,000, 3rd-P500, 4th to 5th-P250 each, 6th to 10th-Time Life Books.

The organizing committee also would like to thank the following chess friends for their support: RMCHS Cubao Principal IV Dr. Josefina Perlado, Filway Marketings Inc.CEO/President Hector Tagaysay, Dickies vice president Dody T. Arcaya, GM Mark Monera Magadan of MPC Aluminum and Glass Trading, Dr. Alfredo Paez, Dr. Bong Perez, Mr. Joel Gaudia, Mr. Victor Ulanday, Mr. Joel Pineda, Mr. Jun Balgan, Chess Arbiters Association of the Philippines (CAAP), Marikina Chess Federation, g4 chess club and Hi-tec shoes. NATIONAL MASTER MARLON BERNARDINO
My Name is Mr. Almario Marlon Q. Bernardino Jr., a resident of 29 Batay Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines. I am a Filipino chessplayer, who gained sports recognition here in the Philippines and abroad. I am a national master (NM) under the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and a USCF under the United States Chess Federation (USCF). Right now, I am also a sports journalist and radio commentator, who covers events and competitions in the fields of chess, billiards, volleyball and boxing, to name a few.

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