vol # / no # / October 2006 / issn # 0118-3931

The UE Junior Woodpushers:

By Angelo M. Vergel De Dios


From left, MVP Nelson I. Mariano III, Cristy Lamiel P. Bernales, Mersky S. Peque, Head Coach Henrysky Mariano (back), Alcon John Z. Datu, Adrian E. Perez and Assistant Coach Robert Mariano. (Photo by Leo T. Gaviola)

The UE Junior Woodpushers has made history again, by securing the Juniors’ Chess Championship in UAAP Season 69. This is in effect a “five-peat” for the University’s young chess wizards, securing the coveted title for five years straight.

In the matches held at the UE Briefing Room, our athletes—all students of the Secondary Laboratory School at UE Manila—garnered 33.5 points, enough to put them ahead of Adamson University, which finished second with 31 points, and third-place University of Santo Tomas (22.5 points). The rest on the list are Ateneo De Manila University (21), National University (10) and Far Eastern University (2).

Nelson I. Mariano III bagged this year’s Most Valuable Player plum yet again. This is the third straight MVP award for MVP Mariano, who is now an SLS senior. He led in the Juniors Division with an 8-of-8 on board number one. MVP Mariano, the younger brother of internationally recognized Grandmaster Nelson I. Mariano II, was a recipient of the UAAP Athlete of the Year Award during the 67th and 68th UAAP Seasons as well.
Aside from MVP Mariano, other Junior Woodpushers who reaped medals during the event were freshmen Cristy Lamiel P. Bernales (board three, silver) and Alcon John Z. Datu (board four, silver); and seniors Mersky S. Peque (board six, silver) and Adrian E. Perez (board two, gold).

Also playing for the Junior Woodpushers was sophomore Joseph S. Bersamina. Coach Henrysky Mariano and Assistant Coach Robert Mariano, both of the renowned Mariano chess clan and uncles to MVP Mariano, are the team’s mentors.