Balines, Lambunao, Juanir rule Memory Sports

Grandmaster Erwin Balines, 14-year-old International Master Jamyla Lambunao and 11-year-old Jan Jelo Juanir dominated their respective divisions in the 3rd annual Philippine Open Memory Sports Championship held last June 4-5 at the Far Eastern University in Manila.
Balines netted 4,973 points from the 10 disciplines of memory sports en route to topping the Open division.
Lambunao, an incoming grade 10 student at St. Scholastica’s Academy Marikina, scored 4,695 points to claim the gold medal in the Juniors division.
Juanir, on the other hand, won in all 10 events and finished with 2,590 points in the Kids division.
The two-day competition was organized by the Philippine Mind Sports Association (PMSA) and supported by New San Jose Builders Inc. and Far Eastern University. Competitors were tasked to memorize sets of random words, numbers, dates, abstract images and shuffled decks of cards and to perfectly recall the exact order of each item in a given time limit.
Bagging second place in the Open division was Grandmaster Mark Anthony Castaneda who fell 28 points short of stealing the overall crown from Balines.
“I am very happy to see the sports growing in the country. New memory athletes participated in the event coming from diverse locations in the Philippines,” said Anne Bernadette Bonita, a World Memory Sports Council accredited Level 2 Arbiter who organized and officiated the event.
International memory athletes from Japan and Singapore, as well as local players from Laguna, Antipolo, Tarlac and Metro Manila, joined the event.
Memory sports enthusiasts from Cebu, Palawan, Negros and Davao have also expressed interest to join upcoming activities of the PMSA.

Source: Tribune