Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ilocos Norte lauds young Ilocano chess ace for winning gold chess tilt

Mhage Sebastian with Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos (Alaric Yanos)

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Ilocos Norte residents led by Governor Ma. Imelda “Imee” R. Marcos lauded 10 year-old Mhage Gerriahlou F. Sebastian for winning the gold medal in the recent 16th Asean Age Group Chess Championships held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Ms. Sebastian, who hails from Binsang, Pasuquin town won gold in individual standard category and silver in team category as a member of the Philippine team.

Ms. Marcos personally congratulated Ms. Sebastian and her family for bringing pride to Ilocos Norte.

Mhage Sebastian with Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos (Alaric Yanos)
At her young age, Ms. Sebastian has always been a constant achiever in chess, representing the Philippines in age-group chess championships. Among her memorable tournaments include her international tournaments in Macau and Thailand. 

In Ilocos Norte, the provincial government continue to support local athletes by providing due recognition and financial assistance in the pursuit of their career.

“To all those who supported and still willing to support our very own daughter Mhage Fernandez Sebastian in her quest for greater glory in the realm of chess, may you be blessed more. Ang inyong mga panalangin, tulong at panubay sa tuwing may laban si Mhage ay sumasapat na po para matugunan ang ambisyon niya na mas umangat pa ang level at muli’t muli ang pagiging miyembro n’ya sa Philippine Team at kalaunan makapagbigay ulit karangalan sa Pilipinas,” said Jerzon Sebastian who accompanied Mhage in Singapore.

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