Sara: A Bosconian Icon
Sara Francine T. Olendo bagged Board 1 Gold medal and Top Senior High School Female award during the Back-to-School chess tournament last August at the Convention Center.
Sara, together with her brother Alfonso Louis T. Olendo, managed to extend Don Bosco’s reign with a record of six straight Governor’s Cup title. She also attained the ASEAN chess master title during the 18th ASEAN Age-group Chess Championships in Malaysia back in 2017.
When asked who inspires her in playing the sport, she replied, “My father would just let me win against him back when I was younger, which I guess fueled my love for the game. He is my inspiration in playing chess. He introduced the sport to my brother and me, and up to this moment, he still continues to train us on a daily basis. I wish to continue his dream of becoming a chess grandmaster someday.”
Aside from all her achievements in chess, the grade 12 student is very active in school as well. She is the head of the twirlers in the school’s marching band, the treasurer of the Auxilium sodality, and the class treasurer for six years.
Moreover, she is not only actively engaging in academic and youth groups, she is also excelling in her studies; she has been a consistent honor student since she first enrolled in the school.
“I am humbled enough to thank all my chess benefactors, sponsors, coaches, trainers and of course, my chess playing family for molding me to become who I am today. All those awards where fruits of our sacrifices. The unexpected chess travels, various chess-related trips. Hotel accommodations, free chess tours, new-found friends and chess acquaintances are more than enough to motivate me to improve and vie for more awards,” she added.