Celso distributes incentives for Asian chess tilt medalists PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 August 2011 13:28

Two young Zamboangueno chess players, who brought honor to the city for their remarkable feats in the recently concluded 2011 Asian Youth Chess Championships, received their cash incentives from the city government through Mayor Celso Lobregat over the weekend.

Joey Albert Florendo and Erlyn Mae Olila were gold and silver medalists, respectively, in their individual categories in the Asian-wide chess championship held in Subic in Olongapo from May 14-22. The two Zamboanguenos were among the almost 300 players from 18 countries that participated in the international competition.

Mayor Lobregat handed out a check of P60,000 to Florendo (represented by his father) and another check of P40,000 check to Olila, as the players’ cash incentives for bring pride and glory to Zamboanga. The distribution of the incentives was done at the mayor’s office in City Hall Friday morning in the presence of some members of the City Council.

The mayor commended the two players for bringing pride and honor to Zamboanga as he called on the medalists to further hone their talents and win more medals in other national and international competitions.

He hoped that the two young rated chess players will be an inspiration for other chess enthusiasts to emulate or follow.

Also present during the distribution of the incentives were Councilors Rey Candido, Rudy Lim, Myra Paz Abubakar and Nonong Guingona and City Sports Director Bernardito Patino.  — Sheila Covarrubias