One ‘Canoy’ stands out among them. His name is Butch Villavieja. Recently he achieved the pinnacle of success when he’s crowned ‘BC 2012 Chess Champion. With this plum, he duplicated the feat achieved by the young Filipino immigrant Loren Laceste who was co-champion in 2011. Not to be outdone are Mayo Fuentebella, a perennial champion in the local Active Chess tournaments and currently the ‘BC Active Chess Champion. Vicente Lee Jr is another formidable chess artist who was back to back ‘BC Active Chess Champion’ from 2009 to 2010.
“… he regards chess as a game, a science and an art rolled into one.”
Chess, indeed, is an oasis of fun, energy and motivation for many. One such chess aficionado is Isabelo ‘Jun’ Bandong. As ferocious as a tiger when he plays chess, he is as kind as a tigress when sharing his professional services to kababayans. He regards chess as a game, a science and an art rolled into one! Yes, the senior is no senior at all. Give him the slip and he’ll finish you with a coup de grace!
Other local ‘Canoys’ who are regulars in the local chess circuit are Jofrel Landingin – a regular campaigner in the American chess circuit, Marionito Jose, Junie Caluza, and Leo Erazo, to name a few.
All of them are making the Filipino within and among us, proud. Indeed!