Mr. Blue (means bughaw) could calculate the specific day of a week on any day in the past or in the future even faster than a computer. He has that exceptional gift for mathematics. The gaming area manager of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) completed his degree in Marine Engineering and earned units in Mathematics.
He was always topnotcher in the Reserved Officers Training CORPS (ROTC) and was a training officer of the COCC naval ROTC. Mr. Bughao has authored a book on how to solve mathematical problems easily.
Ireneo Bughao: An unusual man with unusual expertise
IN the centennial event of Philippine independence, the Filipino nation celebrates a hundred years of being the First Republic in Asia. The nation takes pride in its rich heritage replete with nationalism and a dearth of heroes, both historical and contemporary. In 1996, a Filipino made it to Ripley’s Believe It or Not as the man who can beat the computer in telling the day of any date in the past or future millennia.
He has thought of and perfected a mathematical formula, where he can determine and give accurate answers with ease and astounding speed to those who would like to know the day they were born, or what day a date shall fall centuries from now. He was awarded with Ripley’s Cartoon with a caption that states: “Ireneo Bughao of Manila, Philippines is able to calculate the specific day of the week of any day in the past or future faster than a computer!” in January 1996. This recognition was published by 175 newspapers in 28 countries around the world.
Ireneo Bughao or “Mr. Blue” to friends is a native of Negros Oriental, a province south of Manila. He graduated valedictorian both in elementary and high school in Bayawan City in the same province. After completing A.B. Mathematics at the University of Mindanao, he also graduated Marine Engineering and Master of Science and Management at Feati University in Manila. He took up Computer Modular Courses at Datamex Computer School in Makati City and put into good use of what he learned in formulating the Calendar Game program. He became famous in 1987 for his Perpetual Calendar.
Bughao has honed his mathematical skills and has been a contributor of numerical puzzles to Mr. & Ms. Magazine from 1986 to 1990. He received Certificates and Plaques of Appreciation from his Alma Mater both in elementary and high schools.
Featured nationwide by local televisions, Bughao is an acclaimed and an undisputed “Calendar King” and likewise adjudged as “Numbers King”.
Bughao is presently working as Gaming Manager (PMT) at Casablanca Casino, Stotsenberg Hotel in Clarkfield, Pampanga, Philippines. #