MANILA - The Philippines will be hosting the 2019 Asia Sudoku Championship in January next year.
The announcement was made Wednesday during the signing of a new memorandum of agreement by the Mathematics Trainers Guild (MTG)-Philippines for holding 5 math contests in the country.
According to MTG president Dr. Isidro Aguilar, the 2019 Asia Sudoku Championship will be held on January 25 and 26 at SM City Clark in Angeles, Pampanga.
The contest is sanctioned by the World Puzzle Federation, which organizes the World Sudoku Championship. This year's competition was held in Jeju Island, South Korea.
“We’re looking forward to the international contest. We were able to see one in Iloilo and we were amazed at how the parents and the children got together for it. This is something we look forward to this time in the country,” said Millie Dizon, SM senior vice president for marketing.
According to Aguilar, this will be the first time the Philippines will be hosting the Asia Sudoku Championship, which is expected to attract the best sudoku players in the region.
Under the agreement, selected SM Supermalls will also be the venue of other math contests such as the 13th Philippines Super Sudoku Challenge (PSSC), MTG-SM-DepEd Family Math Quest, National Mathematical Olympiad for Senior High School, 2018 MTG-SM-SHARP-DepEd Math Trail and Problem Solving Competitions.
The 13th PSSC regional elimination rounds will be held on September 29 at SM Supermalls in Cebu, Pampanga, Cagayan de Oro, Dasmarinas (Cavite), Iloilo, Lucena, Baliwag, Bacolod, Lipa (Batangas), Rosales (Pangasinan), Tarlac, Davao, Naga, Olongapo and Marikina. The PSSC national finals will be held on November 24.
In addition, the Math Trail contest is on October 14 and the Family Math Quest and National Mathematical Olympiad for Senior High School will be held on November 10.