Borromeo wins '18 Mindanao C'ships; Villarica, Ulangkaya, Navarro score podium finishes in Day 2

Borromeo wins '18 Mindanao C'ships; Villarica, Ulangkaya, Navarro score podium finishes in Day 2

Child speedcubing prodigy Leo Borromeo (on picture) poses with a smile after winning the 2018 Mindanao Speedcubing Championships.

By Ozzy Alaba  

TAGUM (UPDATED) -- Child speedcubing prodigy Leo Borromeo adds another trophy in his case, while Robbie Villarica, Georel Ulangkaya, and Justin John Navarro scored podium finishes as the 2018 Mindanao Speedcubing Championships commenced at Robinsons Place - Tagum, Sunday.

Fresh from propelling himself into the top ten in the Philippine 2x2x2 Cube standings in the first day, the Cebu City native and former Little Big Shots contestant emerged as the champion of the said tournament, winning in the 3x3x3 Cube - Finals through his whopping 7.98-second average.


Despite bagging the first place in the Combined First and Second Round, the two-time National Record (NR) holder didn't let nerves devour him as he saved his best performance in the last, almost tying Richard Jay Apagar's months-old 5.71-second NR in 3x3x3 Single solve by a 0.01-second margin (5.72 seconds) and his own NR in 3x3x3 Average by 0.48 seconds (7.51 is the current NR.)

Aside from that, he also garnered the bronze medal in 4x4x4 Cube - Combined Finals, clocking in a mean of 39.18 seconds, and the tenth place in 3x3x3 Cube One Handed - Combined Finals with a mean of 20.87 seconds.

Meanwhile. Villarica and Navarro joined Borromeo in the podium in 3x3x3 Cube - Finals as the second and third placers, respectively, through their identical 9-second averages.

The three people mentioned also topped the 4x4x4 Cube - Combined Finals, with Villarica as the victor, submitting a winning mean of 37.55 seconds, Navarro as the 1st runner-up with a 38.84-second mean, and Borromeo as the 2nd runner-up with a 39.18-second mean.

Furthermore, Ulangkaya also joined the trio in dominating the final day of the tournament after garnering the gold medal in 3x3x3 Cube Multi-Blindfolded - Finals with 5 successful solves out of 8 cubes and submitting a 44:32.00 record, and the 3x3x3 Cube Fewest Moves Challenge (FMC) - Finals, solving the cube in 38 moves. He also secured third place in 3x3x3 Cube Blindfolded - Finals with his only-successful 1:47.67 solve.

Other podium finishers in the process are Lance Bastien Loy, who came in first in the 3x3x3 Cube One Handed - Finals with his personal-best 14.41-second mean, Mariente Baloro Jr., who won the 3x3x3 Cube Blindfolded - Finals with his only-successful 1:12.16 solve, and Edgar Elevado Jr., who seized the crown in 3x3x3 Cube With Feet - Combined Finals through his 31.86-second mean.

The said event was organized by Jerlyn Alvar Manginlaud, Zian Kiero Nichole Callao, and Team Elite - Cubing owner Richert Jay Pinca and sponsored by famous cube brand QiYi Mofangge.

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