A new GM for the Philippines : Darwin Laylo, a 27-yr old from Marikina, is headed for the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) after placing 7th in the VI Asian Individual Chess Championship in Cebu, The Philippines. The World Cup begins on November 23, 2007. When the young man said that it was a dream come true, he was not referring to the his spot in the World Cup but to his newly-minted GM title. His performance at the tournament earned him the last GM norm and enough points to boost his 2486 rating beyond the required 2500. Laylo became the 7th GM the country has ever produced. Congratulations to Darwin Laylo and good luck at the World Cup.