Lubrica, Aromin rule Strawberry Fest’ Rapid Chess Tourney

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET – Kurt Lubrica and Wycliffe Aromin emerged as winners of the1st Rapid Chess Tournament for Kiddies and junior chess players last March 25, 2018 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium here.


Lubrica took the gold for the Juniors Division while Aromin bested some eighty others for the Kiddies top trophy.

The tournament, organized and conducted by the Strawberry Festival Sports Committee in cooperation with the Municipal Government of La Trinidad, attracted a total of over 120 young woodpushers from the different Schools and Barangays in La Trinidad for the twenty minute, seven round Swiss System.

The chess tilt was played in two divisions: the junior’s Division, which had forty participants, and the kiddies 12 years old and below division which was well-attended with the entry of eighty two participants for.

When the moves were all made, Lubrica and Aromin led thethe following top ten placers in each in each division: Junior Division: 2nd place-Noel Lubrica, Yoong Nam Ha-3rd placer, Michael Toyaoan-rank no. 4, Lexther Dixon-rank no. 5, Dianna Kipas-rank no.6, Emil Dacsayan-rank no.7, Denzel Taplin-rank no. 8, Joh Parl Delfin-rank no.9, and Daryll Guaque-rank no. 10.

Mardel Kipas was awarded the Top Lady Player for the Juniors Division.

On the other hand, Cliff Daniel Apilado followed Aromin at 2nd place, Fleine Amboy ranked 3rd place, Jenny Claire Pelitan was ranked no. 4, Karl Jasper Lacyod ranked no. 5, Eisenhower Pelitan ranked no. 6, Shedron Kurt Enciong rank no. 7, Carl Sasa rank no. 8, while Peterson Mungedo and Arleigh Cael Palbusa ranked no. 9 and 10, respectively.

Dorothy Ecijan was awarded the Top Lady woopusher for the Kiddies Division.

Also awarded was seven year old Shaliyah Daoda as the youngest participant in the chess tilt.

Winners were given cash and other tournament prizes.

Adding to the successful conduct of the chess tournament were the parents and spectators reactions suggesting the local government, and concerned agencies to organize and conduct more chess tournaments, saying this is a visible parity of honing the youth’s skills in the game as well as developing their mental capabilities through the game of chess.

The activity was facilitated by SFSC chess facilitators Carlos Mama-o Jr., Amy Agdasi and Kenni Teddy Sarmiento.



Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
EL Kikasa