Sunday, October 19, 2014

What's Up?

Hey there!

The last entry I did here was on July 12 of 2014. It has been three months and it feels like I haven't blogged in years.  So what have I been doing? And what have you been doing?

I've been very busy with teaching, coaching basketball and chess, and watching movies.

I've gone on to Twitter  and was a heavy user during the FIBA World Cup 2014.

And on Saturday, I'll be coaching my 13 and Under Boys Basketball team against one of the catholic school boys basketball team here in our city.

I'd like to share this PinoyPlay video to everyone:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

En Passant Chess Tournament

‘En Passant’
Age Group & 2050 and below
Rapid Chess Tournament
Sunday, 8:30 am, July 20, 2014
@ Alphaland Southgate Mall, Makati City


Age Group  - Open to all non-titled chess players (regardless of gender and ratings,  the following as follows;
·         Under 10 – Born not earlier than 2004
·         Under 13 – Born not earlier than 2001
·         Under 16 – born not earlier than 1998

2050 & Below - Open to all non-titled, untitled, unrated and rated chess players with NCFP latest ratings as of June 2014,  regardless of age and gender, who are members in good standing with the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).  However, titled kiddies can join on this division.

1.       The new FIDE Laws of Chess, (which took effect on July 1, 2014) particularly the new Laws on Rapid Chess, shall govern the tournament. (ground rule will be posted onsite)
2.       The tournament format shall be seven or more rounds Swiss System, depending on the number of participants.         

3.       The time control shall be twenty (20) minutes with 5 seconds time delay mode (Bronstein)

Under 10
Under 13
Under 16
2050 & Below
2000 + trophy
2500 +trophy
3000 + trophy
5000 + trophy
2nd place
1500 + medal
1,500 + medal
1,500 + medal
3000 + medal
1000 + medal
1000 + medal
1000 + medal
2000 + medal
4th place
700 +medal
700 + medal
700 + medal
5th place
600 + medal
600 + medal
600 + medal
6th to 8th place
200 + medal
300 + medal
300 + medal

6th to 10th  place

Top Female
500 + medal
500 + medal
500 + medal
Top 2000 Below

Top 1950 Below

Top College

Top Unrated


6.  Participants should bring any proof of age (e.g. birth certificate or government-issued I.D.)
7.      For inquiries, please call/text the following arbiters/organizers:

FNA  ALEX DINOY                      -  0922-8288510                 
FNA XIAN JAVIER                      - 0929-4558931
FNA  MILES SAMANIEGO        -  0932-4913833                 
FNA FERDIE REYES                   - 0998-3702528
FNA  GATZ LUZ                            -  0925 -8884859                

8.       Registration Fee: P250.00 for Age-Group and P300 for 2050 division free lunch for each participant.
9.       Maximum of 300 participants on a first-come, first- served basis only.

Officiated and  sanctioned by: NCFP and Chess Arbiters Union of the Philippines


Friday, July 11, 2014

The 2014 National Children's Book Day Fair

Here's an announcement I got through my inbox, thanks to our school librarian, Ms. Agnes M:

July 15, 2014 is the Philippines' 31st National Children's Book Day! The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is organizing a children's book fair at Museo Pambata, Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila. The following publishers and organizations are participating in the fair:
Adarna House * Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang InK) * Anvil Publishing Inc.  The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS) Dream Big Books * Hiyas * Lampara Books * LG&M Chikiting Books
Save the Children Philippines * 
Tahanan Books for Young Readers

Publishers will present their latest children's books through performances, games, and even cooking demonstrations! Booths at the fair will sell books, magazines, and art for children. There will be discounts, giveaways, face painting, a drawing/coloring corner, storytelling sessions, and book signings and meet & greets with authors and illustrators.

See you all on July 15 (Tuesday), from 9A.M. to 5P.M., at
Museo Pambata for the 2014 National Children's Book Day Fair!
Warmest wishes,
Frances Ong  
Tahanan Books

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Slovak String Orchestra @ Concert at the Park

The National Parks Development Committee, in partnership with the UP Manila Chorale and The National Commission for Culture and the Arts, presents Musica Iuvenalis, Slovak String Orchestra, this Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Concert at the Park. Joining them on this show are UP Manila Chorale and Coro Tomasino. Show starts at 6PM at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium. Admission is free.

Monday, July 7, 2014

GM Barbosa's Olympiad Deadline

Joey Villar's continuing coverage of the Philippine chess has given us much information about the status of the players in our country. This time, it is GM Oliver Barbosa given until Thursday of this week to decide whether  he will join the Philippine team for the Tromso Olympiad or not.

Here is Joey's article: Barbosa given until Thursday to decide joining Phl team in Chess Olympiad.

Although lately I've been reading Joey's write-ups on his blog, I still am a big follower of Bobby Ang's Chess Piece column at the Business World and I've yet to read about this.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines' officials must be having tremendous time right now due to the fact that most Pinoy GM's are following the lead of Wesley So in moving to the US of A.

Corruption of the soul and corruption of the mind leads to corruption in the society.

Good luck to Philippine Chess and to all the Filipino chess players who have represented the country before and were taken for granted by NCFP.

Sayang ang mga talent. Tsk! Tsk!
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