Last night, I spoke briefly to NCFP director Dr Jenny Mayor. He surprised me somewhat when he suddenly blurted out the names of some of his Australian "friends": Brian Jones, Lee Jones, Elpidio Bautista and even our Olympiad blogger Larry Ermacora.
Now, dear readers, you might be thinking that this here blog is now an unquestioning mate of those folks in the NCFP. I assure you - not quite! They send us a bit of info, mainly reportage, then we share it. Besides, where else can you get good and up-to-date Pinoy info?
We'd really like to ask them a question or two about Casto Abundo.
A group of young Pinoy chess gladiators, accompanied by NCFP Chairman for Countyside Development Dr. Jenny T. Mayor and head coach NM Almario Marlon Bernardino, Jr. and some of their parents will invade the Indonesian capital to represent the Philippines in the annual regional gathering of future Southeast Asian Grandmasters - the 7th ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championships. The tourney will run from June 11 to 20, 2006 at the Mercure Convention Center in downtown Jakarta.
Team manager Cong Pichay said, "I see a bright future for Philippine Chess. These young kids are capable of beating tough players. In my reign, I'll see to it that their talents will not be wasted. A few years from now, they are our next world-beaters."
NCFP Spokesman Dr. Jenny Mayor remarked "We should concentrate on our young players.They are the future of Philippine Chess.Our Countryside Development Program is now bearing fruits."