Played Well: Multisys CEO David Almirol Sponsors the UP Varsity Chess Team

Multisys CEO David Almirol Ryan Ibay UP Varsity Chess Team
Multisys CEO David Almirol won this friendly match against Ryan Ibay of the UP Varsity Chess Team player.

Homerun Nievera, Executive Chronicles | How does an ultra-busy CEO like Dave Almirol spend his Saturday morning? He plays chess with no less than the UP Varsity Chess Team! That was what he exactly did yesterday morning when Metro Manila was being rained out by the notorious Habagat.

The stormy weather did not stop the UP Varsity Chess Team from visiting Multisys’ sprawling Google-like campus in Multinational Village in Parañaque City to play a friendly game with Almirol. The courtesy call by the UP Varsity wood pushers was to thank him for his support for their run in UAAP Season 82.

In a brief statement, Almirol revealed that playing chess was his favorite mind game when he was young. “In a way, chess has influenced the way I think in terms of business strategies today. You may say that the anticipation of winning in my business has something to do with my patiently-crafted victories learned through playing chess,” said Almirol.

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Multisys sponsors the UP Chess Varsity Team. In photo from left: Atty. Roy Ibay, Senior Coach and International Master Ronald Bancod, Geraldine Guyo (Team Capt. of the Women’s Chess Team), Justin Macapuno, Multisys CEO David Almirol, Ryan Ibay, Queenie Rose Solis, and Team Captain Joshov Alekhine Rosarda (Men’s Chess Team).
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Multisys CEO dave Almirol plays Team Captain (Men’s Chess Team) Joshov Alekhine Rosarda at the Multisys HQ amidst life-sized Iron Man figures in the background.

The UP Varsity Chess Team, composed of representatives from the men’s and women’s squads, were accompanied by Atty. Roy Ibay of Smart and Senior Coach and International Master Ronald Bancod to the courtesy call.

“I have also been personally supporting the UP Varsity Chess Team because I know that this sport will always inspire  and provide the Filipino youth a way forward to excel and gain international recognition,” said Atty. Ibay.

Multisys has recently announced its support of Liga Adarna, the first and only national all-female esports tournament in the Philippines. Just like chess, Almirol sees his support of non-contact sports as a path towards helping uplift various sports development programs from the grassroots in the Philippines. Multisys is sponsoring the UP Varsity Chess Team as part of its corporate social responsibility programs.

It may have been a rainy Saturday morning, but for both Multisys and the UP Varsity Chess Team, it was a sunny beginning for Philippine non-contact sports. Makes one proud to be a Filipino.