13-year-old Jamyla Lambunao is no stranger to winning recognition for the country and breaking world records in international tilts. Her most recent achievement is claiming the junior division crown not once but twice at the 1st U.S. Open Memory Championship.
Lambunao’s 2 gold medal wins in the California tournament earned her the championship in the junior division for 13 to 17-year-olds for both the first and second rounds. The youngest participant finished 7th overall.
The incoming Grade 9 student at St. Scholastica’s Academy Marikina beat 16-year-old American Malcolm Burdorf for the juniors division title.
The Philippine Mind Sports Association-Avesco Philippine team which included International Master of Memory (IMM) Lambunao and three other members gained recognition for the Philippines. Johann Randal Abrina (Grandmaster of Memory) won a silver medal. Mark Anthony Castaneda, also a GMM, took home 3 bronze medals. Another IMM, Axel Yancy Tabernilla claimed a bronze.
The team competed against top memory athletes from around the word including teams from the United Kingdom, Sweden, the United States, and Germany which ruled the US Open Memory and Memo Games organized by the Memory Athletes Association.
The new Philippine win has placed the country in 69th spot in the World Memory Rankings. Lambunao has been consistently claiming championships in international mind games since 2013.