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Feb 03, 2009


Thrill and excitement hovered in the atmosphere as tension and pressure to knock down the equally best Sudoku puzzlers was seemingly each contestant’s goal during the national finals of the 3rd Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge held at the Cyberzone, 4th Level of SM City North, The Annex on January 31, 2009.

The pressure was more intense as majority of the finalists of Sudoku Whiz Kid, Sudoku Wizard and Sudoku Grand Master categories stood firm to make themselves qualify for the next round. As one by one stumbled for not having answered correctly and completely at least fifty percent of the puzzles in each round, both the spectators and the remaining contestants themselves had left unsure of the possible names and faces of the winners until the five strongest contenders emerged in the championship round.


A loud applause interrupted the silence of the contest venue when Sarah Jane Cua of Pangasinan Universal Institute finished the mixed or combined Sudoku in a stunning 10-minute time. Another applause burst when the juror declared her answers correct, making her to get a solid bonus points. And so, she’s the champion of the Sudoku Grand Master, staking Php.60,000, a trophy and many special gift items. The other winners were 1st Runner-up, John Robert Valcos of St. Mary’s College of Baliuag-Bulacan; 2nd Runner-up Jayhan Regner of Xavier University-Cagayan De Oro City, 3rd Runner-up Mariel Alexis Dee of Ateneo de Manila University and 4th Runner-up Jacqueline Joyce Oh of GCF International Christian School.


Hazel Joyce Shi of Philippine Cultural High School-Annex championed the Sudoku Wizard, bringing the Php.50,000 cash prize plus trophy and other gift items while standing next to her were (1st Runner-up) Brandon Ho of Davao Central High School-Davao City, (2nd Runner-up) Michelle Neri Sacred Heart of Jesus, Montessoru School-Cagayan de Oro City, (3rd Runner-up) Ma. Czarina Angela Lao of St. Jude Catholic School and (4th Runner-up) Hazel Abigail Lim of Philippine Science High School-Main.


In the Sudoku Whiz Kid category, winning the Php.20,000 plus trophy and other gifts were the champion, Nathaniel Ryan Ang of Philadelphia School-Quezon City. Other winners were (1st Runner-up) Timothy James Tan of Trinity Christian School-Bacolod City, (2nd Runner-up) Mark Davidson Cua of Pangasinan Universal Institute, (3rd Runner-up) Mari Feliz Reyes of Casa Del Bambino Emmanuel Monterssori School-Batangas City and Gene Go Jr. of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School.

Dr. Simon Chua, MTG President and Mr. Benjamin Ramos, President of Business Mirror were equally delighted about the results of the competition. Both presidents have agreed to forge another Memorandum of Agreement for the conduct of the 4th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge next year.

Truly indeed, MTG, Philippines and Business Mirror are very grateful with SM Supermalls especially to Ms. Millie Dizon, Hon. Teddy Boy Locsin- Representative of the 1st District of Makati and other generous sponsors such as the Phoenix Publishing House, Inc. SHARP Calculators, Philippine Airlines, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Citizen Watch,Brand’s Essence of Chicken, San Miguel Brewery, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila, Binalot, Inasal, Pares House, Skin Perfect, Wilma Cruz-Tapalla Academe of Speech and Personality, Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation, DWIZ, Home Radio, Philippine Graphic and friendly media persons for shaping the success of the 3rd Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge.


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