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/ 06:30 PM July 24, 2019

A sixth grade student from Ateneo de Manila University solved a Rubik’s cube in a matter of seconds, gaining praises for his skill.

Sean Patrick Villanueva was able to complete the puzzle in six seconds, as seen in the video shared by the university via Facebook yesterday, July 23.

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Meet cubing whiz Sean Patrick Villanueva

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A click-clacking sound and 6 seconds later, Sean Patrick Villanueva (6-Malacañang) has solved the Rubik’s cube. It’s amazing to see how fast Sean’s hands are, finishing the scrambled cube in a flash.Last July 14, Sean became the youngest and the first Filipino to finish second in the World Cube Association (WCA) World Championship in Australia, besting more than 800 participants from 52 countries.Sean was in Grade 3 when he discovered the art of deciphering a Rubik’s Cube. “My bus mate had a Rubik’s Cube and I got really interested.” He asked his parents to buy him one. Using online resources, Sean was able to learn different methods on how to solve the puzzle. His first foray into the competitive world of speedcubing was in 2017; he placed 201st. Undaunted, Sean practiced and joined more local competitions,which helped improve his speed and efficiency. When he joined the WCA Championship, he didn’t think he would win; he simply wanted to relish the experience. With an average of 6.78 seconds in the finals, Sean ranked second overall in the 3 x 3 x3 cube, the main event. His record was only 0.04 seconds longer than the champion, 21- year-old Philipp Weyer from Germany. See Sean in action as University President Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin,SJ and Ateneo Grade School headmaster Fr. Emerito R. De La Rama, SJ watch in amazement.

Ateneo de Manila University 发布于 2019年7月23日周二

“A click-clacking sound and 6 seconds later, Sean Patrick Villanueva (6-Malacañang) has solved the Rubik’s cube,” the university’s page stated. “It’s amazing to see how fast Sean’s hands are, finishing the scrambled cube in a flash.”

According to the university, Villanueva discovered “the art of deciphering” a Rubik’s cube when he saw his bus mate’s cube back in the third grade. After getting his own, he learned various ways on how to solve the cube by using resources available online.

He then started venturing into the competitive world of speedcubing in 2017, where he placed 201st in his first competition. Speedcubing is the activity of solving the Rubik’s cube puzzle as quickly as possible, as defined by Macmillan Dictionary.

Villanueva recently became the youngest and first Filipino to finish second — with an average speed of 6.78 seconds — in the World Cube Association (WCA) Championship in Australia held on July 14. 

He triumphed over more than 800 participants from 52 countries. His record was only 0.04 seconds longer than the champion’s, 21- year-old Philipp Weyer from Germany. JB

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