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BUKIDNON: Sumilao Mayor Jose Manuel F. Alba and Sumilao Mayor Jose Antonio A. Villo promised to rally behind the development of local chess in the land-locked province of Bukidnon.
“We promise to make this prestigious event a regular attraction here every year,” declared the two chess-loving politicians to thunderous applause from the 240 participants of the 1st District Rep. Jose Manuel ‘Joeman’ Alba Fide Rated Chess Cup 2023.
Villo from Bacolod, who started as a chess player in Cagayan de Oro before he became the mayor of Sumilao, said that what he learned in the game that propelled him to the first Palarong Pambansa in 1975 contributed greatly to his achievements in business. and politics.
“Chess is a great tool for overall human development so con we have prayer above we will also return to chess for children,” Villo later told Gold Star Daily at yesterday’s opening of the cash-rich event at the New Bldg. at Sumilao Municipal Hall.
He thanked the founding head of Golden Chess Friends, Benoni Wabe for bringing the eighth edition of the FIDE-rated GCF tournament to Bukidnon Malaybalay City for supporting the campaign of their respective homegrown talents.
Only Balingoan provides a coaster vehicle for its 40-person contingent.
“Mrs– excel our children in Crazy, so like this Mayor Aaron Unabia the white ones– continuity the momentum,” said DepEd national chess arbiter Alberto Vera Cruz.
About P50,000 in total prize money, trophies, and medals are up for grabs in the all-day chessfest with three categories for elementary school, high school, and combined College and Open.
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