Pinoy teener is Sudoku Asia-Pacific champion

Pinoy teener is Sudoku Asia-Pacific champion

A Filipino high school sophomore won the Sudoku Challenge 2008 Asia Pacific Open last July 11-13 in Singapore.

Sarah Jane Cua, 14, of the Pangasinan Universal Institute won first place in the contest held at the Vivo City, Harbour Front Walk.

Cua received a price of 10,000 Singapore dollars (around P330,000), a basket of goodies from Brand’s health supplement and a trophy for winning the first place in the contest participated by students from different countries.

“Again, we have proven that Filipino students are bright and can compete in international competitions such as the Sudoku Challenge,” said Dr. Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG), an organization of math experts and teachers in the country that trains and sends Filipino students to different mathematics competitions abroad.

Sudoku is a logic puzzle where the objective is to fill a 9×9 grid so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 boxes (also called blocks or regions) contains the digits from 1 to 9 only one time each.

Cua was among the six contestants from the Philippines who were selected during the MTG-organized Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge to represent the country in the Sudoku competition in Singapore.

The Philippine Star reported that Cua was the second-youngest in the contest participated in by a total of 50 students and young professionals from Thailand, China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Philippines.

“We are very happy with the results,” said Chua, who is also the first Filipino to receive the Paul Erdos Award for mathematics.

Cua was also part of the Philippine delegation that competed in the American Regions Mathematics League held at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in May this year.

Cua and the rest o the Philippine delegation arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday on board a Philippine Airlines flight PR 502 from Singapore.


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