Grandmaster Paragua and IM Ronald Dableo will contest the finals of the La Union Open currently running in the Philippines. RP's latest grandmaster, Paragua, defeated defending champion and fellow GM, Antonio. While Dableo overcame Richard Bitoon to move into the final phase.
Earlier in the tournament, IM Richard Bitoon scored what was perhaps the event's most stunning upset by blanking out legend GM Eugene Torre, 2-0, in their quarterfinal match-up. Bitoon is from the province of Cebu, where yours truly spent much of his childhood.