Wednesday, May 22, 1996

Credo wins the 1996 National Scrabble Championship

(Appeared in the Sports page of Manila Standard)

May 22, 1996
QC engineer is tops in Cebu Scrabble tilt

A 26-year-old engineer from Quezon City was recently crowned the country's best in the fledgling game of scrabble in Cebu.

Ronald Credo won 12 of 13 games to top the 1996 National Scrabble Championship organized by the Cebu Scrabble Association Inc. (CSAI) and held at the SM City in Cebu. Credo topped a field of 70 players.

In only his third year of active competition, Credo swept his first six games and had the title locked up as early as the 11th round when he continued his streak while his closest pursuers each had at least three losses. He finished ninth last year.

Credo won P10,000 and a giant trophy from the sponsor, Mabuhay Educational Center Inc., exclusive Philippine licensee of the Scrabble Crossword Game brand granted by JW Spears and Sons.

Credo led a sweep of the top five places by Luzon entries. Unilab's Oscar Rivera, the only player to beat Credo in the tournament, took second place with a 10-3 mark.

Irland Bonzon, playing out of the Los Banos Club, took third with 9-4 slate, beating six others who finished with the same tally on the strength of a superior spread (total winning margins). Rounding out the top five were defending champion Armando "Bing" Lao and UPLB's Mario Miranda.

Mindanao's Solaiman Pakinson was the highest placed non-Luzon entrant at sixth, followed by Bicol's Rolly Mandapat, Jun Danganan and top Cebuano bet Joel Toroy at ninth spot. Manila's Romy Almazan had the best spread among those who finished at 8-5 and was tenth overall.

Highlighting the meet was the setting of two national records, with Mindanao's Jabber Barabadan scoring 374 points in a single turn with the word QUETZALS, eclipsing Reli German's record of 196 points set last year.

The other record was for the highest single-game score set by sportscaster Butch Maniego, who tallied 613 points in the final round, the first time a Filipino Scrabble player scored more than 600 in a tournament.

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1996 NATIONAL SCRABBLE CHAMPIONSHIP
SM CITY - CEBU
MAY 11-12, 1996


FINAL RESULTS AFTER 13 ROUNDS


RANK
NAME
WINS
SPREAD
PRIZES
1
Ronald Credo
12
1012
P10,000 + trophy
2
Oscar Rivera Jr.
10
1063
P7,000
3
Irland Bonzon
9
1136
P5,000
4
Armando Lao
9
1051
P3,000
5
Mario Miranda
9
674
P500
6
Solaiman Pakinson
9
613
P500
7
Rolly Mandapat
9
607
P500
8
Jun Danganan
9
549
P500
9
Joel Toroy
9
369
P500
10
Romy Almazan
8
737
P500
11
Renante dela Cerna
8
419
P500
12
Avelino Guatno
8
340
P500
13
Virgilio Morales
8
316
P500
14
Ric Marinas
8
276
P500
15
Yancy Alinas
8
246
P500
16
Jason Lim
8
114
Scrabble pins
17
Alex Macasundig
8
91
Scrabble pins
18
Boy Laporte
8
10
Scrabble pins
19
Gina Batiancila
8
7
Scrabble pins
20
Pureza Fernandez
8
-144
Scrabble pins
21
Lincoln Yap
7.5
111
Scrabble pins
22
Ernesto Potot
7
434
Scrabble pins
23
Maida Manaog
7
318
Scrabble pins
24
Noel Clemente
7
287
Scrabble pins
25
Rosario Lambino
7
248
Scrabble pins
26
Fe Tenio
7
174
Scrabble pins
27
Alex Dinoy
7
140
Scrabble pins
28
Marwin Puerto
7
140
Scrabble pins
29
Jeffrey Lauderes
7
114
Scrabble pins
30
Eugenio Eslao
7
95
Scrabble pins
31
Butch Maniego
7
63

32
Robbie Onate
7
25

33
Albert Catalan
7
-76

34
Fred Jumamoy
7
-91

35
Jabber Barabagan
6.5
372

36
Marte Toroy
6.5
-65

37
Azis Pangandaman
6.5
-287

38
Tacy Dandan
6
177

39
Romelio Asoque
6
52

40
Ansari Maca-ayan
6
-33

41
Arnold Rabor
6
-41

42
Rogelio Anora
6
-54

43
Teresa Barola
6
-70

44
Jonny Davis
6
-84

45
Sylvia sarsonas
6
-85

46
Herminia de Leon
6
-326

47
Nancy Dosdos
6
-378

48
Jenny Rabano
6
-425

49
Cader Menor
6
-522

50
Rosario Calves
6
-809

51
Larry Serrano
5
114

52
Janice Anderson
5
-56

53
Prima Onate
5
-156

54
Josefina Lucero
5
-165

55
Marti Estrella
5
171

56
Luz Masecampo
5
-176

57
Sonny Cabella
5
-379

58
Wilhemina Pulvera
5
-509

59
Fe Maramba
5
-648

60
Tony Awayan
4
-249

61
Thomas Diez
4
-261

62
Imelda Perez
4
-279

63
Ma. Concepcion Cavada
3
-371

64
Veronica Morelos
3
-484

65
Erlinda Talam
3
-812

66
Tisha Lee
3
-2224

HG
Butch Maniego
613

Cash Prize
HW
Jabber Barabagan
374
QUETZALS
Cash Prize

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