Ateneo’s Sean Villanueva sets new National Record for Speedcubing

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Sean Villanueva established a new national record at the Cuber’s Cafe Open 2019. Photo from Philippine Cubers Association.

Ateneo de Manila University Grade 6 student Sean Patrick Villanueva set a new National Record for Philippine speedcubing, an activity to solve a Rubik’s Cube in the fastest possible time.

The Philippine Cubers Association and the World Cube Association confirmed that the 11-year-old Villanueva has set the new national record for 3×3 Cube Single with a time of 4.98s during the Cuber’s Cafe Open 2019 held in Davao City from November 30 to December 1.

The Filipino champion speedcuber broke the previous national record of 5.09 held by Brenton Lo Wong.

Cez Villanueva, Sean’s mother, shared to Good News Pilipinas how the young speedcuber was himself surprised at his achievement.

“He didn’t expect to break the record but he was happy about it,” said Sean’s mother who added that Sean was actually not feeling well during the competition and even skipped some events.

Sean Villanueva also broke the Asian Record for the 3×3 Average as he topped the World Cube Association (WCA)-sanctioned Marikina City Open II held in October. Sean recorded a 5.98 average, besting the Asian record of 6.37 established in 2018 by fellow Filipino player Leo Borromeo of Cebu.

The young champion also made history in the 2019 World Cube Association World Championship by becoming the youngest player to place in the Top 3.

SEND congratulations in the comments below to Sean Villanueva for marking another milestone in his speedcubing journey!

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