Young Filipino competes in Rubik’s Cube World Championship


A 12-year old Filipino boy is building up his stature as one of the best in the Philippines in terms of speed solving different types of Rubik’s Cube (some people use Rubix while others, Rubiks). His name is Durben Joun Virtucio.

Last April 2009, he broke national records in different categories on the Cebu Open 2009 speed cubing competition most notably in the Classic 3x3x3, 4x4x4 and 5x5x5 cubes.

His very impressive time of 8.78 seconds for the Classic 3x3x3 Rubik’s (Rubix, Rubiks) Cube currently ranks #6 according to World Cube Association. Here’s a video of his national record breaking performances.

A few months after, Durben Joun Virtucio represented the Philippines in the recently concluded 5th World Rubik’s Cube Championship held in Düsseldorf, Germany with over 400 participants from different countries around the world. He’s the youngest participant from the Philippines to join the event.

In an interview on Umagang Kay Ganda, Virtucio said, “I’m very nervous because I want to beat the record, not only in my country but also in the world.”

Apart from solving Rubik’s (Rubix, Rubiks) Cubes the normal way, other events require contestants to solve the puzzle one-handed, with their feet, and blindfolded.

The complete categories are; Rubik’s Cube (Classic 3x3x3), 4x4x4 Cube, 5x5x5 Cube, 2x2x2 Cube, 3x3x3 blindfolded, 3x3x3 one-handed, 3x3x3 fewest moves, 3x3x3 with feet, Megaminx, Pyraminx, Square-1, Rubik’s Clock, 6x6x6 Cube, 7x7x7 Cube, Rubik’s Magic, Rubik’s Master Magic, 4x4x4 blindfolded, 5x5x5 blindfolded, 3x3x3 multi blind.

He performed well and got a Silver medal in the 4x4x4 Cube category. For Durben Joun Virtucio’s personal Rubik’s Cube records, you can read it here. Meanwhile, here’s a video of the crazy cubers go mad at Rubik’s Cube championships;

According to David Hedley Jones, Senior Vice President of Rubik Brand, “This year’s Championship has been a fabulous occasion – and enormous fun for the many hundreds of spectators who attended.”

“It proves that, in the iconic Rubik’s puzzle, we have a phenomenal brand that has fantastic, never-ending potential.”

The participant from Thailand, Piti Pichedpan held the fastest “single solve” recorded at this year’s championship with a time of 8.84 seconds.

I tried this game a few years ago but wasn’t serious about it so I’m still a beginner on this game. Maybe later I can teach you how to solve a Rubik’s (Rubix, Rubiks) Cube the fastest and easiest way. It’ll take some real practice to come up with the fastest solution for this game.

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