• House to honor first PH female Grandmaster


    THE House of Representatives will honor the Philippines’ first female chess Grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna of Albay in special rites today after claiming the historic title in the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    The House lawmakers unanimously passed Resolution 12, congratulating and commending Frayna, based on a resolution filed by Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda.

    Salceda said Congress has scheduled a special ceremony where House Speakers Pantaleon Alvarez will honor and present Frayna a “specially engraved enrolled bill at the rostrum of Congress, in the presence of all Bicolano lawmakers and in the company of her family.”

    Frayna, a 20-year old BS Psychology student of the Far Eastern University, drew with International Master Davaademberel Nomin-Erdene of Mongolia, and amassed the required 6.0 points on four wins, four draws and one loss. She had a 2281 rating at the end of the competition.

    She bested three male grandmasters, one of whom has an international master title, and two other lady competitors with international master tile during the week-long competitions.

    Frayna became an international chess GM even younger than Eugene Torre, the Asia’s first GM, who earned the title in 1974 in Nice, France, at age 22. The new grandmaster is also a candidate for cum laude honors at FEU.

    At age 12, Frayna was registered by her mother with the Mayon Chess Club in Legazpi City and started playing in local competitions. Her games improved so rapidly her mother would often accompany her to national competitions, among them the 2008 Palarong Pambansa in Palawan where she placed fifth.


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    1. Open letter to Hon. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Hon. Members of Congress.

      It is very commendable that the Congress has given recognition to Mae Frayna, the first Filipina Chess Grandmaster, in the concluded 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku. Not to be forgotten is the performance of legendary Grandmaster Eugene Torre in the same Baku tournament. GM Torre won 10 games, NO LOSS, two draws, out of 11 games, the HIGHEST SCORE IN THE Baku tournament, participated by 2,500 to 3,000 chess players throughout the world.. Who has not heard of Eugene Torre? Hs name is familiar as he brought honor after honor to the filipino people as he won or was among the top one international tournament after another. But it is in this Baku Chess Olympiad, in his twilight time, that he proved again he can still play chess and bring honor to the Filipinos.. He is now 65 years old. :There was a time when GM Torre was forced to sell his trophies and medals because of his needs to meet basic necessities. It is about time that commendations and medals cannot feed stomach, becoming obhsolete..
      Filipina Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won Silver in Rio Olympics August 8 2016 and was awarded P1M. Chess GM Mae Frayna was given recognition in Olympic tournament too. GM Torre has done more than than: he is a hero, just like Manny Pacquiao (who should be given tax amnesty), having lifted the morale and brought honor to the filipino people. Will Congress recognize such efforts of GM Torre and GM Mae Frayna with award, say, moderate P300,000.00 and P200,000.00 respectively. (Calling the Hon. Congressmen of Iloilo and Bicol to pick up this line.)