Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pestaño: Jerry Maratas is new Cepca president

Thursday, September 19, 2013

THE Cebu Executives and Professionals Association (Cepca) elected its new set of officers for 2014-2015 last weekend at Handuraw Lahug.
Elected were Jerry Maratas as the new president; Dante Arguelles as the internal vice-president; Marvynne Guardina as external vice-president; Jun Olis as secretary; Jun Kidlat as treasurer; Ruel Hortelano as auditor and myself as the press relations officer.
Completing the nine-man board are Jojo Muralla and Mandy Baria.
Jerry, 34, is a consulting civil and structural engineer and one of the youngest presidents of Cepca in its 23 years of existence.
He owns Jemar Engineering Services, which specializes in structural analysis and design of medium and high-rise buildings.
He is also a faculty member of the University of San Carlos, civil engineering department and former reviewer, for 10 years, at the Besavilla Engineering Review Center.
Loving wife is Engr. Leiz Klade Maglasang from Consolacion and they have one son, Jecole Josef.
He started playing chess at a young age of 8. His father was his first coach.
He was an active chess player in the University of San Carlos as an intramural player up until he was a masteral student.
He came up with 10 initial plans for the club. These are:
1. Increase Club membership through advertisements and other means.
2. Hold fund-raising activities to increase financial status.
3. Proper documentation of all existing members.
4. Develop and maintain good relationship with other clubs by inviting them to
friendly matches.
5. Promote chess to kiddies by sponsoring tournaments for them.
6. Continue the monthly Cepca chess tournament.
7. Hold at least 2 major tournaments for the year namely Sinulog and Anniversary Open tournaments.
8. Help the less fortunate people by sponsoring charitable activities.
9. Stengthen camaraderie and ties among members thru regular weekly meetings.
10. Give recognition to deserving Cepca members who have contributed to the uplifting of the club,the chess community and the society in general.
Carlsen in command. Sinquenfield Cup Magnus Carlsen (2862) 22, of Norway, won the inaugural Sinquefield Cup, the strongest chess tournament in US history and the first-place finish netted him $70,000.
Carlsen won over three of the top-ranked chess players in the world, namely, Hikaru Nakamura(2772), 25, US No.1 and No.5 in the world; World No. 2 Levon Aronian (2813) 30, of Armenia; and US No. 2 Gata Kamsky (2741), 39. Nakamura earned $50,000 for second place, Aronian took home $30,000 and Kamsky netted $20,000 for his last-place finish.
The event is named after Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield. Rex was awarded the Gold Koltanowski award in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The award is given to the person or persons who have done the most to promote chess in the US each year.
This will be the last tournament for Magnus Carlsen before his World Chess Championship 2013 match with Viswanathan Anand in Chennai, India.
Women Championship. It’s all over but the shouting. The Women’s World Chess Championship Match 2013 between the current World Champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and her challenger, Hou Yifan of China (former World Champion 2010-2012), started last September 10 in Taizhou ,China.
The prize fund for this match is 200,000 Euros and will be split between the players as follows: 60 percent for the winner and 40 percent to the loser if the match ends within the 10 regular games. In case the winner is decided by tie-break games, she
will receive 55 percent and loser 45 percent.
The winner of the 10-game match is the first player to reach 5.5 points or more. The match is practically over now as Hou is leading 4.5-1.5 after 6 games.

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