LIST: Wesley So, Olympics, Jaja Santiago, Pinoy High Schoolers Top Good News Headlines

Top Good News Headlines
These five stories topped the pages in August 2021.

The Philippines’ triumphs in sports and academic competitions dominated the Good news headlines in August 2021, witnessed by Filipinos from the comforts of their homes as the country went into another round of stricter quarantine restrictions to curb the coronavirus disease.

Filipino American chess champion Wesley So, Team Philippines at the Tokyo Olympics, Premier Volleyball League star Jaja Santiago, and Pinoy High Schoolers – these good news stories claimed the most attention from our readers.

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These top 5 Filipino Pride stories on the pages in August especially resonated with Filipinos looking to find something to cheer about amid the pandemic:

TOP 5. Jaja Santiago rejoins Japan V. League after winning 1st PH pro league title

Filipino volleyball star Jaja Santiago is returning to her Japan V. League duty as its import after having led Chery Tiggo Crossovers to win the Open Conference of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL), the first pro volleyball league of the Philippines.

Santiago came back to the Philippines on a break from Saitama Ageo Medics to play for the country’s first volleyball professional league tournament held in the Ilocos sports bubble from July to August 2021.


TOP 4 Team Philippines hauls 4 silver, 2 bronze at Mathematics Olympiad Russia

Team Philippines bagged four silver medals and two bronze medals in the 62nd International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) organized in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The national team of Filipino high school students from Philippine Science High School, Grace Christian College, Saint Jude Catholic School, St. Stephen’s High School, De La Salle University – Senior High School, and Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science shined at this year’s IMO with all six members winning medals in the oldest and most prestigious of the international scientific Olympiads,


TOP 3 Olympics Results: Pole vaulter EJ Obiena and boxer Nesthy Petecio in finals

The Olympics Results for Team Philippines had pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena and boxer Nesthy Petecio advancing to the finals both in a dramatic fashion while giving the Filipino nation hope for two more gold medals in the Tokyo Summer Games.

The Philippines eventually tallied its best-ever Olympics medal haul of 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze medal, including a Petecio’s silver.


TOP 2 Philippine Science High School student wins historic 1st gold in World Debate Championships

Robert Nelson Leung, a Grade 12 student from the Philippine Science High School – Cordillera Administrative Region Campus (PSHS-CARC), was named Overall Best Speaker and won the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines in the 2021 edition of the World Schools Debate Championships (WSDC) virtually held in Macau.

The members of the Philippine debate team finished strong, winning the Overall Best Speaker title for the first time in history and picking up the bronze medal after reaching the semifinals of the online tournament held from July 26 to August 6, 2021.


TOP 1 Wesley So wins historic 2nd Grand Chess Tour championship

Wesley So won a historic second championship title at the Grand Chess Tour (GCT) over-the-board tournament after an undefeated run in five events.

The United States Grandmaster who started his chess career in the Philippines was declared the winner of the Grand Chess Tour which started in June 2021 in Romania and ended on August 27 in the USA.

The 27-year-old So defeated the world’s top grandmasters in the 2021 edition of the GCT, his second championship in the tournament after winning in 2016.

Currently World No. 9-ranked among FIDE players, Wesley So now holds the distinction of being a two-time winner in the Grand Chess Tour history, joining World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway who won it in 2015 and 2017.


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