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SINGAPORE--Two Filipino players advanced to the finals of the first World Cyber Games Mobile Tournament, giving them the chance to be crowned world champions in their respective categories.
Paul Antonio will vie for the top prize in the World Championship round of the mobile game Chopper Rescue, while compatriot Paolo Antonio Carlos Castro advanced to the Midtown Madness World Championship.
The Philippine Counter-Strike: Source team Horsemen of the Apocalypse proved naysayers wrong and won pride for the country by defeating the highly regarded Finnish team Astralis, then beating Thailand later this afternoon to advance to the semis of the World Cyber Games 2005 Grand Final.
This is the first time any Philippine team has broken the first-round curse in the WCG Grand Final, so props to HoA's Justin Chan, Marc Vincent Agbisit, Jan Kristoffer Romillo, Paolo Nancho and Kenichi Enda.
What made the victory even sweeter is that Chan and Nancho only arrived in Singapore hours before their first match started, as they could not be absent from school.
"We just came into the match. We didn't expect anything, so there was no pressure on us. And they had a lot of pressure on them because it was a big deal for them to lose," HoA team captain Chan told hackenslash in an interview after they barged into the second round by beating Thailand to top Group C of the Counter-Strike tournament.
We had fun last night at the Asian Gaming Journalists Association EB in Singapore for the members covering the World Cyber Games 2005 Grand Final.
Thanks to Jing Garcia of Manila Times' TechTimes; Emir Samonte of PC World Philippines, Ed Geronia of GamesMaster Philippines; Sansan de Leon of Studio 23's Digital Tour; Aaron Yip and Jaczie Lo of GameAxis; and Leung Wai-Leng of the Straits Times' Digital Life for making the AGJA Singapore EB possible.
Special thanks to ITJourno Asia/MediaConnect Asia's Glen Myles, Aaron Koh and Tan Lili for co-organizing the event and supporting AGJA. Stay tuned for more on the AGJA/ITJourno Asia partnership.
I'm also grateful to our friends Nick Jacobs of IBM, Darrel Chua of eFlyte, and Chester Chi of WebMoney, as well as Sansan's Studio 23 colleague JP Aquino (who's also covering the WCG 2005 Grand Final) and buddy Camille (sorry Camille, didn't get your last name, hehe).
IBM's Quentin Staes-Polet also dropped by at the WCG press con yesterday afternoon just to say hi and that he was sorry he couldn't make it to the AGJA EB since he was flying to India that night. Thanks, man, I really appreciate it.
Posted by Joey Alarilla ::
7:10 PM ::
I'm blogging from my favorite cybercafe in Singapore, Sun Byrd near Sim Lim Square.
I arrived this noon together with Studio 23's Sansan de Leon and JP Aquino, World Cyber Games Philippine team leader and project manager Tjader Regis, and members of the Philippine WCG team.
The Asian Gaming Journalists Association blog is online. We'll be holding a small get-together tomorrow night for the AGJA members who are in Singapore to cover the WCG, as well as with other Asian gaming journalists who are interested in joining our group.
I was shocked this morning when one of my friends, who's also a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment, texted and YM'd me that Eddie Guerrero, a.k.a. Latino Heat, is dead. You can also visit the official WWE site.
Eddie's been one of my faves, a great athlete and a great entertainer, even in Ted Turner's old World Championship Wrestling, before it was acquired by WWE.
They still don't know the cause of his death -- he was just found dead in his Minneapolis hotel room, with no signs of foul play.
Unfortunately, such mysterious deaths have been common among many pro wrestling superstars, and Eddie has been candid about his past battles with drug and alcohol abuse, though he's supposedly been clean for the past four years.
Eddie is survived by three daughters -- Shaul, 14, Sherilyn, 9, and Kaylie Marie, 3 -- and his wife Vickie.
He was only 38.
Posted by Joey Alarilla ::
9:40 AM ::