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House honors Frayna as PH’s 1st female GM

posted September 19, 2016 at 12:01 am
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LEGAZPI CITY—The House of Representatives will honor on Monday the Philippines’ first-ever female Chess Grandmaster, Janelle Mae Frayna of Albay, in special rites deserving of the historic title she recently clinched at the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In a recent session, the House lawmakers unanimously passed Resolution No. 12, congratulating and commending Frayna, based on a resolution filed by Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, immediately following her victory. The new chess grandmaster comes from his district.

Salceda said Congress has scheduled a special ceremony on Monday 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 Grandmaster even younger than Eugene Torre, the first Filipino International Grandmaster who won the title in 1974 in Nice, France, at age 22. The new grandmaster is also a candidate for cum laude honors at FEU. She is the daughter of Engr. George Guillermo Frayna, chief of the Housing Division of the Planning Department of Legazpi City, and wife, Corazon Sonia Bermas-Frayna.

Salceda noted that Frayna’s win not only empowers women to excel in sports, even in a male-dominated one like chess, but also encourages the youth to strive hard to attain their goals even at a younger age. 

“Her pioneering and historic achievement in the field of chess is a source of pride and inspiration to all Filipinos and a testament to the world of our admirable spirit of competitiveness and excellence,” he stressed.

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. Her potentials were noticed by Filipino Grandmaster Jason Gonzalez, the Chess Team Coach of FEU and encouraged her to transfer to their university where she became an athletic scholar, and started beating some Filipino Grand Masters. 

Salceda said he wasted no time filing a resolution in Congress to honor Frayna since it is “proper that we render the recognition while the great feeling of achievement is still in the air and the good vibes are within our grasp. We have let go unnoticed, unrecognized and unrewarded in the past some great achievements of Albayanos, and I no longer want to be remiss in allowing such memories to fade so that most of us have forgotten them.”

He cited two instances when Albay twice missed giving recognitions to two of its achievers. The first was athlete Miguel Solano White who gave the country its first Olympic Bronze Medal in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. He earned the honor in the 400 meters hurdles. Also a war hero, Solano died August 30, 1942 in military action during World War II.

The other is Pulitzer photojournalism awardee Cheryl Diaz Meyer, who imbedded herself in the American-led forces in the 1903 “shock-and-awe” invasion of Iraq. She hailed from Quezon City but was raised in Legazpi City and studied at the St. Agnes Academy until 1984. She was also conferred the Visa d’Or Daily Press Award for her Iraq invasion coverage, and the John Faber Award by the Overseas Press Club of America in 2001 for her photo portfolio of the war in Afghanistan.

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House honors Frayna as PH’s 1st female GM

posted September 19, 2016 at 12:01 am
by The Standard Sports

LEGAZPI CITY—The House of Representatives will honor on Monday the Philippines’ first-ever female Chess Grandmaster, Janelle Mae Frayna of Albay, in special rites deserving of the historic title she recently clinched at the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In a recent session, the House lawmakers unanimously passed Resolution No. 12, congratulating and commending Frayna, based on a resolution filed by Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, immediately following her victory. The new chess grandmaster comes from his district.

Salceda said Congress has scheduled a special ceremony on Monday 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 Grandmaster even younger than Eugene Torre, the first Filipino International Grandmaster who won the title in 1974 in Nice, France, at age 22. The new grandmaster is also a candidate for cum laude honors at FEU. She is the daughter of Engr. George Guillermo Frayna, chief of the Housing Division of the Planning Department of Legazpi City, and wife, Corazon Sonia Bermas-Frayna.

Salceda noted that Frayna’s win not only empowers women to excel in sports, even in a male-dominated one like chess, but also encourages the youth to strive hard to attain their goals even at a younger age. 

“Her pioneering and historic achievement in the field of chess is a source of pride and inspiration to all Filipinos and a testament to the world of our admirable spirit of competitiveness and excellence,” he stressed.

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. Her potentials were noticed by Filipino Grandmaster Jason Gonzalez, the Chess Team Coach of FEU and encouraged her to transfer to their university where she became an athletic scholar, and started beating some Filipino Grand Masters. 

Salceda said he wasted no time filing a resolution in Congress to honor Frayna since it is “proper that we render the recognition while the great feeling of achievement is still in the air and the good vibes are within our grasp. We have let go unnoticed, unrecognized and unrewarded in the past some great achievements of Albayanos, and I no longer want to be remiss in allowing such memories to fade so that most of us have forgotten them.”

He cited two instances when Albay twice missed giving recognitions to two of its achievers. The first was athlete Miguel Solano White who gave the country its first Olympic Bronze Medal in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. He earned the honor in the 400 meters hurdles. Also a war hero, Solano died August 30, 1942 in military action during World War II.

The other is Pulitzer photojournalism awardee Cheryl Diaz Meyer, who imbedded herself in the American-led forces in the 1903 “shock-and-awe” invasion of Iraq. She hailed from Quezon City but was raised in Legazpi City and studied at the St. Agnes Academy until 1984. She was also conferred the Visa d’Or Daily Press Award for her Iraq invasion coverage, and the John Faber Award by the Overseas Press Club of America in 2001 for her photo portfolio of the war in Afghanistan.


What Frayna achieve is great achievement. But I just like to point out that she did not bested GM Torre as being younger in achieving International GM. The title of Frayna is a WGM. WGM is different with GM. GM Yifan Hou is an example of woman that is a GM.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:58 am 
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Totoo ba nadinig ko sa radyo na nalaman lang daw lately ni Janelle na may cancer nanay niya?

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` sana, makuha sya sa US chess federation
para umasenso gaya ni wesley.

dito, puro korap at intriga lang aabutin nya sa mga opisyal....

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Tingin ko itong si Frayna ang strongest woman chess player of all time sa Pilipinas. Pwede pa siya mag improve.


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CASH BONUS FOR CHESS LEGEND TORRE AND FILIPINA 1ST WGM FRAYNA


Asia’s first Grandmaster (GM) Eugene Torre and newly minted Woman GM Janelle Mae Frayna will be receiving cash incentives from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) following their impressive showing in the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

According to PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, Torre stands to get P100,000 for winning a bronze medal on board three in the men’s division while Frayna will receive P50,000 for becoming the first Filipina WGM.

“Biennial Olympiad bronze is P100,000 while a Grandmaster title is something new but she (Frayna) will given P50,000,” said the PSC chief.

The cash rewards will be distributed by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace in a yet to be determined date.

Torre won his fourth medal the prestigious tournament.

He bagged his first -a silver – in the 1974 Nice Olympiad then claimed two bronzes in the 1980 Malta and 1986 Dubai editions.

“When I was a medal, the formula used was percentage. If that was used in Baku, I would have won the gold. But I’m still happy because Wesley won the gold,” stressed Torre referring to former member of the Philippine team GM Wesley So, who is now representing the US Chess Federation.

Source: http://www.manilatimes.net

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