Very few of the young players today are aware of his contributions to chess but he helped place the Philippines in the world chess map.
He liked the pizza there and said that you could not find that concoction anywhere in the world. That meant a lot as he has probably visited more than 100 countries during his lifetime.
He never gave me any hint that he was suffering from cancer. After a few chess games, we broke up and discussed the possibility of playing poker. We played before and I can say that he was a good poker player and even a finer chess player despite his age.
Once, he joined a Cepca monthly tournament several years ago and was able to hold his ground against the good players of our club. I remember that he was strict in implementing the rules of tournament chess.
"Chess that Gives Freedom" Project by FIDE Social Projects Commission - [image: image001 top] A historic online international match between prisoners from the project "Chess that Gives Freedom" in the Municipality of Viana, E...
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