Department of Chemistry hosts the 2017 Philippine National Chemistry Olympiad Regional Eliminations
The UPV Department of Chemistry hosted the 2017 Philippine National Chemistry Olympiad (PNCO) Regional Eliminations for Region VI and the Negros Island Region (NIR) at the GCEB Training Rooms, UPV Iloilo City campus last February 4, 2017. The competition is an annual event that is held in cooperation with the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas wherein the main objective is to promote Chemistry to high school students. The event also serves as a venue to select regional delegates who will compete in the national elimination round which will be held this coming April. The national winners will then represent the Philippines to the International Chemistry Olympiad which will be held in Thailand on July 6-15, 2017.
The Philippine Science High School Western Visayas campus took all three spots for Region VI with Ms. Joan Catolico, Ms. Regine Bastareche and Mr. Pefer John Flores taking home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively. Mr. Meschael John Calinao of Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School took the top prize for the Negros Island Region. Mr. Dionick San Agustin of the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos took 2nd place while Ms. Kathryn Marie Sigaya of Don Bosco Technical Institute – Victorias placed 3rd.
The top winners were awarded a certificate and a copy of the book “CHEMSEARCH & CHEMPUZZLE” plus one set of the card game “CHEMTRUMP” courtesy of the author, Dr. Vivian Topor. The rest of the winners were awarded a certificate and a copy of the same book. All six winners will represent their respective regions to the national elimination round with Ms. Erika Eunice Salvador and Mr. Kevin Clyde Ong acting as head coaches for the delegates from Region VI and NIR, respectively.
Dr. Danilo Ortillo of the UPV Department of Chemistry served as the PNCO Regional Coordinator for both Region VI and the NIR for the third time this year. The event was attended by the faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry, the delegates and their respective coaches and students from the Master of Chemistry program.