Pinay teen is Sudoku Asia Pacific champ

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Sudoku Asia Pacific
Cua was first declared champion at Brand's Sudoku Challenge 2008 Asia Pacific Open, which was also held in Singapore. Sarah Jane Cua, a soft-spoken fourth year student from Pangasinan Universal Institute in Dagupan City, wowed judges and spectators at Suntec City Mall as she finished the final Sudoku puzzle ahead of 50 professionals and students from Singapore, China, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Malaysia.

She received a cash prize of 10,000 Singapore dollars (about P332,643), a glass trophy, a certificate and a basket of goodies from Brand's health supplement.

Coming in at second and third place are Malaysia and Singapore, respectively. Another Filipino participant, Timothy James Tan of Trinity Christian School in Bacolod City, placed as one of the top 15 in the semi-finals.

"Napakasaya ko po (I'm very happy)," said Cua, who is set to arrive in Manila on Monday night, after winning the Sudoku finals.

Sudoku is a logic puzzle where the objective is to fill a 9x9 grid so that each column, row, and 3x3 subgrid contains all of the digits from 1 to 9.

A player is given a partially completed grid, which usually has a unique solution.She also bagged top spots for 2 consecutive years in 2009 and 2010 in the Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge, which gave her the opportunity to represent the country in contests in Thailand and the United States.

Last year, she placed second in the 3rd Brand's Sudoku Thailand International Open 2009 Princess Somsawali Cup held in Bangkok.