...because of GM Susan Polgar's invitation to Wesley to join the Spice Cup, U.S. embassy granted him, a 10-year Visa. The consular asked him: you've been to Russia? You beat them?" -Lenny So (mother of Wesley So)
"Well, ang pananaw ko sa status ng chess sa atin ay gumaganda...
First, With our present Official in the federation (especially,Cong Pichay)Mukhang marami na tayong International tournaments na pwedeng mahasa ang mga players natin and hindi na kailangan pumunta abroad para magcompete.
Second, Meron na tayong players na pwedeng magrepresent sa bansa like the Olympiad,Asian Team and many others.
Third,the most important development in chess is that We have bright future because of the emmergence of our World Champion contender none other than the Chairman." -GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio
For non Tagalog readers here's the English translation:
I personally believed that the status of chess in the Philippines is on the right track. For three reasons:
First, with our present officials in the federation (especially Cong. Prospero Pichay) I think we can now host international tournaments in the country where our young and aspiring players don't need to go abroad to compete and hone their skills.
Second, we have available players who can represent the country in international competetion like the Olympiad, Asian team championship among others.
Third, the most important development in chess is that we have bright future because of the emergence of our World Champion contender none other than the Chairman (Wesley So).