Sunday, January 31, 2010

High School Student Hailed as Sudoku Grandmaster

Ms. Sarah Jane Cua, a 15-year-old third year high school student from Pangasinan Universal Institute in Dagupan City bested 21 other contestants to crown herself again as the country’s Sudoku Grandmaster during the 4th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge Grand Finals held last January 30, 2010 at the SM City North EDSA Annex.

Organized by the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG), 118 students and professionals joined this year’s Sudoku contest in three categories: Whiz Kid, Wizard and Grandmaster.

In the Grandmaster division, Ms. Cua garnered 1,601 points from five rounds to win the title and went home with P60, 000.00 in cash prize and a trophy. Mr. Matthew Chris Chan from Manila bagged first runner-up and took home P40, 000.00 while Ms. Mariel Alexis Dee from Metro Manila, was hailed second runner-up and won P30, 000.00. Other winners are Mr. Jayhan Regner from Cagayan de Oro City, third runner-up; and Mr. Frederick Ong from Bacolod City, fourth runner-up.

In the Sudoku Wizard, Mr. Timothy James Tan of Bacolod won first place and P50, 000. First runner-up went to Mr. Sed Anderson Holaysan of Cebu City and was awarded P30, 000.00. Second runner-up was Ms. Ma. Czarina Angela Lao of Metro Manila who won P20, 000. Mr. Ericson Ong of Olongapo City, and Kimberly Christine Decear of Zamboanga City completed the top five. A total of 75 high school students competed in the said division.

Mr. Ethan Riley Chan of Zamboanga City, on the other hand, emerged as champion in the Sudoku Whiz Kid and went home with P20, 000. He was followed by Mr. Magin Benedict Ferrer of Iloilo City who won P10, 000; Mr. Lorenzo Jose Baquiran of Iloilo City who won P5,000; Ms. Kate Ann Adlaon of Lucena City as third runner-up; and Ms. Candice Renee Beatric Solidarios of Calamba City, fourth runner-up.

The 4th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge is supported by DDB, Europa Public Relations, Inc., Phoenix Publishing House, National Book Store, Sharp Calculators, with the following media partners: DWIZ, Home Radio 97dot9, and Philippine Graphic.

For more information about the event, contact the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines at (6362) 992-3045, email or visit their website at


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