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9.14.2016

Janelle Mae Frayna - first Filipina to obtain the Woman Grandmaster (WGM) title in World Chess Olympiad

MANILA -- Newly minted Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Janelle Mae Frayna defeated International Master (IM) Olga Zimina to lead the Philippines to a 2.5-1.5 victory over Italy in the 10th and penultimate round of the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan Monday night.
She also added the men's IM title to her list of achievements.

The 20-year-old Frayna took the IM title after scoring seven points on five wins and four draws against a lone loss, the day after she became the very first Filipina to obtain the WGM title.

Read more ➤  PH's first woman grandmaster continues to make waves in Chess Olympiad

7.28.2016

Marian Rivera - first Filipina Hall of Famer for FHM Philippines

Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera has been recognized as FHM Philippines' first Hall of Famer for winning the title of FHM Sexiest Woman a record-setting three times.

Read more ➤ Marian Rivera is FHM's first in sexiest women Hall of Fame

Rolando Espina Jr - the first Filipino Spartathlon runner

NEGRENSE Rolando "Junjun" Espina Jr. will represent the Philippines in the Spartathlon race this coming September 30 to October 1 in Greece.

He is the first Filipino invited to join the Sparta race.

Espina, son of journalist Rolly Espina, is a marathoner who has won major events, including the UK Eskraghman Ironman Distance Triathlon in Eskraghman, Dungannon, Northern Ireland in 2014 and 2015.

Spartathlon, which allows only a maximum of 390 runners around the world, known to be the toughest ultra-marathon road race in the world – not because of the distance covering 246.8 kilometers under 36 hours, or the extreme conditions and the steep uphill-downhill course, but because of the relentless pressure of making it in time in all 75 checkpoints from start to finish.

Read more ➤ Negrense runner is first Filipino in Sparta race

7.11.2016

Lance So - first Filipino alto in Vienna Boys Choir

At 12 years old, Lance Castro So has already been to 11 countries and sang for the likes of Emperor Akihito of Japan and shared the stage with musician John Legend.

This isn't surprising considering that, when he was 10, he independently decided to leave his family and live in a boarding school in Austria so he could part of the Vienna Boys Choir.

He is the first-ever Filipino to become a member of VBC.

Read more ➤ With the voice of an angel, Lance So is first Filipino in Vienna Boys Choir

Did you know...

  • ...that President Noynoy Aquino was the first Filipino bachelor to become President of the Republic of the Philippines?
  • ...that Astronomer Armando Lee was the first Filipino Master of Science (MS) degree holder in Astronomy in the Philippines?
  • ...that race driver Marlon Stockinger was the first Filipino-Swiss race winner in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship?
  • ...that Joy Rojas was the first Filipina to run across 3,107 miles across the United States?
  • ...that boxing champion Manny Pacquiao was the first Filipino sports billionaire?
  • ...that José Rizal was given the label 'First Filipino' by Leon Ma. Guerrero, the first Filipino Ambassador to Germany?

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