First Asian Grand Master Eugene Torre, whose famous lines “protect the center” led the top picks and joins Team Rizal, followed by GM  Rogelio “Joey Antonio, Jr. for Team Iloilo, in the PCAP’s (Professional Chess Association of the Philippines) 1st Draft recently held at the Quezon City Sports Club.

PCAP Chairman Michael Angelo Ong Chua and Founding President Commissioner Paul Elauria excitedly announced that indeed it was a dream turned to goal and now a reality, as the world’s first government-licensed Professional Chess League kicks off with 24 teams from all over the Philippines.

 

Highlights of the event included the video message of  Fischer Random World Champion GM Wesley So: “ The Filipino should play chess. Who manages to survive no matter what the world throws at him? If you train your mind with chess, you will go much farther ahead in life.”

Here is the list of Teams for the PCAP Tournament, which will be formally opened on January 2021 :

Team

Rizal

Owner: Eduardo S. Madrid

Pick :    GM Eugene Torre

Iloilo

Owner: Leo Sotaridona

Pick :   GM Joey Antonio, Jr.

Quezon City

Owner:  Danilo Ponay

Pick :  Michaella Concio

Iriga

Owner: Robert Jocom

Pick :  NM Glennen Artuz

Negros

Owner: Atty. Jason Bandal

Pick : IM Joel Pimentel

Cordova

Owner: Ariel Potot

Pick : Edsel Montoya

Antipolo

Owner: McDaniel Ebao and Ramel Ramilla

Pick : NM Jojo Aquino, Jr.

San Juan

Owner: Michael Angelo Ong Chua

Pick : IM Ricky de Guzman

Mindoro

Owner: Mayor Elgin Malaluan

Pick : FM David Elorta

Lapu-Lapu

Owner: Aldwin Daculan

Pick : NM Merben Roque

Surigao

Owner: Rey Urbiztodo

Pick : FM Vince Alaan

Manila

Owner: Carlota, J. Paulo and Angela Elauria

Pick : GM Ino Sadorra

Camarines

Owner:   Engr. Jojo Buenaventura

Pick : GM Mark Paragua

Olongapo

Owner: Mr. Romy Armamento/Dr  Gefer Imbuido

Pick : NM Gefer Imbuido

Cabuyao

Owner: Dr. Fred Paez

Pick : GM John Paul Gomez

Toledo

Owner: Atty. Jeah Jean Gacang

Pick : IM Rico Macarinas

Cagayan

Owner: Atty. Joel Butuyan

Pick : Jake Tumaliuan

Zamboanga

Owner: Zulfikar

Pick : IM Chito Garma

General Trias

Owner: Represented by Israel Landicho and Ederwin Estavillo

Pick : NM Marlon Bernardino

Isabela

Owner: Atty. Joel Alejandro

Pick : NM Jerome Balico

Cebu

Owner: Eduard  Dela Torre

Pick : NM Elwin Retanal

Caloocan

Owner: Bong Velasco/ Arnel Batungbakal

Pick : IM Paulo Bersamina

Pasig

Owner: Represented by Coaches Rechie Tugawin and Franco Camillo

Pick : GM Darwin Laylo

Palawan

Owner: Jorge Mitra

Pick : WIM Shania Mae Mendoza

 

PCAP’s 1st Draft was graced by Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra, who delivered an inspirational speech to boost the morals of the chess players and the organizers. For more updates, visit official the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines’ ( PCAP) official Facebook and website http://philippineschess.com.

 

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