This is the game that Filipinos excel. A game, unlike basketball, put is into equal footing with the best in Russia and China and the rest of the developed world just due to sheer talent and intelligence. This is the game that shows, that not all is lost on the Filipino race, that the race that produced Jose Rizal, keep producing prodigies. If only the government has programs to develop these prodigies.
One of them is Wesley So, a 14 year old who attained Grandmaster and is currently the youngest Grandmaster in the world and the 7th youngest ever in the entire history of chess. What is amazing is for the fact that this boy, was never taught nor trained by any GM (unlike in some other countries) and just did it by his sheer talent and love for the game. (Maybe they should make a movie about him)
Read more about this boy at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_So
I just wished, that that Government put more money instead of parading these brilliant talents in Malacanang. They should support more on this child prodigies and talents discovered in the country. I think this country of 90 million has produced more talents "naturally" (not engineered nor imported ones as in other countries) than anywhere else in the world. With the financial support they need, and with full training that they require (such as mentoring from top GM's), I believe we will be able to produce our first World Chess Champion.
Btw, did you know that Viswanathan Anand, the GM from India who became a world champion and is the current world champion honed his tallent on chess in the Philippines ?