The Mathematics Trainers’ Guild (MTG) in cooperation with DOST-Science Education Institute the will spearhead the first ever search for the Sudoku Master of the Philippines in the First Philippine Sudoku Championship to be held in Manila this coming December 2006. Sudoku is a number puzzle that has been so quickly sweeping the world by storm. Its beauty is two-fold: an enthusiast does not need to know any specific language or learned information to solve it; and there is always, if the puzzle has been set correctly, one and only one solution, soluble to reasoning and elimination, with no need for guesswork. The MTG will be conducting a simultaneous elimination round in the different MTG training centers across the country on November 18, 2006. The top 3 winners in the elimination round will be awarded medals and will automatically represent as National Finalists to vie for the major awards. The grand champion shall be awarded the Sudoku Master of the Philippines and a cash prize of Php 50,000. While cash prizes of Php 30,000 and Php. 20,000 respectively await the first runner-up and second runner-up respectively. Likewise, the winners in the 1st Philippine Sudoku championship will have the chance to represent the Philippines in the forthcoming 2nd World SUDOKU Championship which will take place on the last week of March 28 to April 1, 2007 in Prague, Czech Republic and the 1st Asian-Pacific Sudoku Championship will be held in Singapore on June 2007. Travel expenses will be incurred by the participant for the international competition. This 1st Philippine Sudoku Championship is open to all Sudoku aficionados regardless of age and profession. Those who will compete in the National Finals are the top 3 winners of the eliminations round held in the different MTG training centers which is scheduled on November 18, 2006. For the elimination round, a registration fee of P 300 shall be charged from interested participants. Registration fee must be deposited to the account of Mathematics Trainers’ Guild in Equitable-PCI Bank with Current Account Number 0137-76756-2. Once the deposit is made, please submit the deposit slip to the MTG Center Coordinator and send the following data through text to 09178105009: your name, address, age, date and time of deposit, branch where the deposit was made. You may also email these data to firstname.lastname@example.org . You will then be sent all the guidelines of the SUDOKU contest and samples of different types of SUDOKU contest materials to be used during the National Finals such as: a. Pip Sudoku b. Classic Sudoku c. O-G Sudoku d. Diagonal Sudoku e. Sum Sudoku f. Odd/Even Sudoku g. 147 Sudoku h. Irregular 6 x 6 and 12 x 12 Sudoku i. Torvidal Sudoku j. Multi Sudoku XZ k. Extra-Regions Sudoku l. Sudoku < > n. Outside, Consecutive, Frame and Star Sudoku o. Mechanical, Pandigital and mini Sudoku p. Product, cubic, word and combined Sudoku For more inquiries, please see or contact the nearest MTG Center Coordinators in your respective areas. The deadline of registration for the elemination round will be until October 30, 2006.