San Nicholas, Pangasinan – Despite being diagnosed with a heart disease, 13-year old chess wizard Prince Mark Aquino has raked in numerous medals, trophies and recognitions.
This young Eugene Torre wannabe has been to Greece, Vietnam and different parts of the globe, representing the Philippines in different competitions despite his condition.
Later this year, he plans to fly to Turkey for yet another prestigious chess competition.
Through the years, Prince’s illness has become more evident as the upper left part of his chest started to become enlarged. The color of his skin has also become pale.
His family remains financially helpless and unable to bring him to medical experts for continuous treatment. His father’s earning as a tricycle driver could not even afford the family’s daily expenses.
A full scholar in Divine Grace Montessori in Tayug, Pangasinan, his teachers and classmates are all praises for Prince as he still could earn good grades despite his athletic endeavors.
His family and friends are seeking support from the government to help him continue what he loves doing: bringing pride to his countrymen by being a chess wizard.