Cebu City Junior Olympics Scrabble: Arpay tops 30 Word Masters

Participants along with the organizer, Marilyn Abella (in green shirt) pose for a group photo during the awards ceremony at Ayo Ayo Cafe & Sauna in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City. | Photo by Glendale G. Rosal

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu City Junior Olympics Scrabble Tournament at Ayo Ayo Cafe & Sauna concluded successfully on Friday, May 27, 2022 with approximately 30 word wizards competing.

Edzel Arpay of Don Sergio Osmeña Sr. Memorial National High School dominated this tournament, showing that regular scrabble tournaments have returned to normal.

The organizer, Marilyn Abella of Cebu’s School for Sports scrabble coach, was delighted to see that their regular tournament had returned to normal after face-to-face sporting events were allowed in Cebu City last February .

According to Abella, they were able to draw around 30 wizarding words in the tournament. These word wizards came from various public high schools in Cebu City.

“This is our second successful over-the-board scrabble tournament since February. The first was on Cebu City Charter Day. We are happy to be able to hold our regular scrabble tournaments. We hope this will continue in the coming months,” said Abella, who is also part of the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) Basic Training Program.

Prior to the over-the-board scrabble tournament series, Abella and her fellow scrabble coaches at Cebu School for Sports and CCSC regularly hosted virtual scrabble tournaments and a training program.

Arpay won the tournament with a +473 point difference in total.

Claiming second place was Judea Nemil of Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School (RDMNHS) after scoring +331 points.

Christian Alipar, also from the RDMNHS, completes the top three. He scored a total of +274 points, followed by Pristine Feona Bontuyan of Adlaon Integrated School who finished +170 points.

City Central National High School’s Bryl Carl Delfin with a +107 point difference completed the tournament’s top five word wizards.

Abella revealed that they are holding another scrabble tournament on June 12, Independence Day at Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC). However, they have yet to finalize the tournament details.

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