Chess legend has a wife or daughter in Davao?

I received a text message from GMA Davao News Director
Darios Relatado inquiring if chess genius Bobby
has a wife or a daughter in Davao City.

Alarmed by the text, I immediately called former
Philippine Chess Federation Regional Director Alex S.

Alex, a New York-based Davaoeño, said he read and
heard about the late Fischer having a wife or daughter
in Davao but they could not establish their existence.

I learned that the lady has a Chinese surname. Starts
with a letter “O”.

But, unfortunately, she could no longer be found.

Not even the old woodpushers can recall.

If only national master Joe Pascual is still alive, he
will be a big help.

Charles Maxey, Sunstar Davao Sports Editor and Davao
Sportswriters Association (DSA) President, said that
Fischer played against the many-time national champion
Pascual in the 1980’s at the University of Mindanao

Charles said that one of the 100 memorable games of
Fischer was his game against Pascual.

But as to to the identification of the lady, it
remains unknown up to now.


Para Games medalists to grace DSA Forum

Differently-abled athletes and the chief operating officer of Holiday Gym and Spa are the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum guests on Thursday, January 31, 10:30 a.m., at the Tower Inn.
John Henry Lopez, gold medalist in the recent Southeast Asian Para Games in Thailand, and table tennis bronze medalist Billy Cartera will talk about their experiences in the Games while Ivy Fernandez, Holiday’s COO, will talk about their scheduled events.
DSA President and Sports Editor Charles Maxey requests members to early to the weekly public service sports program sponsored by Tower Inn and Genesis 88 Advertising.

Polong, Davao dads reward Para Games medalist


Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Paolo Z. Duterte rewarded Smith Billy Cartera P30,000 for winning three bronze medals in the recent Para Games in Thailand.

Cartera presented his three bronze medals he won in table tennis on wheels to members of the City Council, Tuesday.

Other Councilors followed the young Duterte’s gesture and chipped in P18,000 more that made Cartera P48,000 richer.

Cartera thanked the Davao legislators for the cash incentive.

The City Government of Davao has also prepared incentives for medalists of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Thailand that included divers Shiela Mae Perez, Rexel Ryan Fabriga, Jaime Asok, Zardo Domenios, Nino Carog, who are currently training in China, cue artists Lee Van Corteza and Mary Ann Basas, triathlete George Vilog, judoka Ruth Dugaduga, Richly Magsanay of sailing, Frazier and Norton Alamara, Monsuito Pelenio of water polo, Luvelyn Maganda of softball, Amina Anuddin, Sanita Kasim and Ruditha Poralan of traditional boat race, Jhonnel Ababa of golf, Edmer del Socorro and Ruel Batuto of baseball and Jhon Ann Banayag of athletics.

Op Division rules DSWD kegfest

The Operations Division scored 2,013 pinfalls to ruled the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Inter-Division Bowling Tournament at the Dover Lanes.

Management and Services Division finished second with 1,912 pinfalls, followed by the Technical Division with 1,584 at third and Center and Institutions at fourth place with 1,518 pinfalls.

DSWD-XI Sports Coordinator Herbert Duron said that the tournament was part of the 57th anniversary of the department, Monday.

Engay wins 25th BKCC-DSC chessfest

F.Bangoy National High’s Danilo Engay Jr. came up with a better tie-break score to win the 25th edition of the Blue Knight Chess Club-Davao Sports Council Inc. Under 14 Rapid Chess Tournament, Saturday, at the BKCC along Bonifacio Street.

Engay bested Austin Jacob Literatus of Don Juan dela Cruz Elementary School, 16 to 13, after they both tallied four points, apiece.

John Ray Batucan, Literatus’ teammate, landed at third place while Neptali Batucan of Doña Carment Denia National High School finished fourth placer.

Barging in the Top 20 were Mary Israel Paero of Holy Cross of Davao College, John Gerard Acedo of Jose Maria College, Nikki Erica Yngayo of Davoa Central College, John Leonard Ricarse of Monserrat Camp School, Rowelyn Joy Acedo of Jose Maria College, Cristy Grace Ngo of Piedad Elementary School, Alvin Acas of Magallanes Elementary School, Raymondwil Mirantes of Kapt.Monteverde School, Denzel John Amar of Magallanes, Mark Isaac Bernadas and Kyle Henry Ricarse of Monserrat, John Cloyd Oria of Sped Bangkal, Zsusza Grace Tabudlong of Kapt.Monteverde, Althea Marie Jayme of Monserrat, James Bantugan of Doña Pilar Learning Foundation and John Cloyd Resma of Precious International School.

SBP, form internet media partnership


 From left: Mario Rustia, Vice-President and COO –; Henry Abes, President and CEO –; Patrick Gregorio, Executive Director – Samahang Basketbol ng Pilinas 


BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas recently signed an exclusive online media partnership with, the Philippines’ First basketball media portal and leading online hoops authority. SBP Executive Director Patrick Gregorio signed the partnership agreement with Henry Abes, President and Chief Executive Officer. 

“This was just a logical step. After all, is proud to have the most avid, best-informed and most articulate membership of any basketball website in the country. Servicing the country’s official national basketball federation just makes perfect sense,” Abes declared. “We look forward to a long and very fruitful partnership with the SBP,” he added.  

Gameface will be very busy with the bustle of events and activities lined up by SBP for the rest of 2008. The upcoming tournaments of the National Youth Team, the formation and implementation of the National Basketball Training Centers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and all of the other programs, tournaments and events over the course of the next several months are already rolling, according to Gregorio. No less than the FIBA itself keeps abreast of developments in Philippine basketball through the SBP website. 

“We are very pleased to work with, and we know they will provide exactly the kind of top notch service the SBP requires,” Gregorio said.  

“We expect them to power up the SBP website with their exclusive interactive media forums and Media Center that will enhance the content of our portal. Content updates in the SBP portal will likewise be pushed to all members worldwide on a regular basis. We will also utilize their on-line infrastructure to discover new talents for our training pool,” he added.

Sports Division inks agreement for Jr.Cops Program

The Sports Development Division inked an agreement with five agencies for the implementation of the Junior Cops Program of the Philippine National Police.

The Junior Cops Program is designed to address issues concerning children in conflict with the law and out-of-school youth thorugh the training program on the development of their skills and talents.

Signatories to the pledge of commitment were Police Regional Office XI Director Andres Caro II represented by RCPRD Chief Sr.Supt.Efren Perez, Davao City Police Office Director Jaime Morente represented by Deputy City Director for Administration Supt.Perpetou Macion, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI Area Supervisor Rolando Bade, Davao Central 911 Officer In Charge Mario Verner Monsanto, Barangay 38-D Captain Rita Escandor, SK Chairman Mary Rose Llevado and City Sports Development Division Officer In Charge Christopher Lawrence Go.

The program will involve training, lectures, orientation, practical exercies and adaptation of learned skills by the participants.

The Philippine National Police will conduct educational drive to orient children on police friendliness and the concept of police service, Davao Central 911 will provide training on first aid and basic life support, the Sports Division will conduct sports education, clinic

and other recreational and developmental activities, the PDEA will conduct lecture on illegal drug awarenss and on drug abuse prevention, the SK Federation will be the focal

committee responsible for the organization of the children in the community, the San Pedro Parish will conduct talks and teachings on moral and spiritual development of the children while Barangay 38-D will serve as pilot testing barangay in the initial implementation of the program.

The implementation of the program starts on February 2, 8 a.m. at the Brgy.38-D Hall and regular classes will run every Saturday next month.

The PRO XI initiated the program to train the children and turn them into productive and responsible citizens.