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Ne­grense stu­dents con­quer BOTB 2019 grand fi­nals

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To bet­ter ed­u­cate the youth about the pos­i­tive im­pact of de­vel­op­ing re­new­able en­ergy to fight cli­mate change, the best and bright­est stu­dents in Ne­gros Is­land duked it out in a duel of wits dur­ing the grand fi­nals of Pos­i­tive En­ergy Bat­tle of the Brains (BOTB) 2019 at the Sofia Soller Sinco Hall of Foun­da­tion Univer­sity in Du­maguete City.

Tack­ling the cli­mate cri­sis

Ten pairs man­aged to reach the grand fi­nal round af­ter qual­i­fy­ing in their re­spec­tive legs, namely; Cam­ba­ga­han Na­tional High School and Gui­hul­ngan Na­tional High School from Bais City, Balugo Na­tional High School and Foun­da­tion Prepara­tory Academy from Va­len­cia, STI West Ne­gros Univer­sity and Dr. Vi­cente F. Gustilo Me­mo­rial Na­tional High School from Bacolod City, Tech­no­log­i­cal Foun­da­tion In­sti­tute and Ra­mon Tor­res Na­tional High School from Bago City, and Mabi­nay Sci­ence High School and South­land Col­lege Ka­bankalan City Inc. from Ka­bankalan City.

Af­ter the three rounds of ques­tions, Jan­dale Samil­lano and Paul Per­alta from South­land Col­lege Ka­bankalan City Inc. emerged as BOTB 2019 cham­pi­ons. The duo took home the P30,000 prize, tro­phy and medals, as well as a guided tour of En­ergy Devel­op­ment Corp. (EDC) South­ern Ne­gros Geo­ther­mal Pro­ject (SNGP) site lo­cated in Va­len­cia, Ne­gros Ori­en­tal.

Balugo Na­tional High School was de­clared first run­ner-up while Gui­hul­ngan Na­tional High School was sec­ond run­ner-up. Dr. Vi­cente F. Gustilo Me­mo­rial Na­tional High School se­cured the third run­ner-up spot, and Tech­no­log­i­cal Foun­da­tion In­sti­tute was named fourth run­ner-up.

“Ne­gros con­tin­ues to be at the fore­front of en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion, and we, at EDC, are just glad to be a part of it. We need to act now if we want to win the bat­tle against this cli­mate cri­sis. Let’s all do our share in pro­tect­ing our planet, be­gin­ning with ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness,” shares EDC in­te­grated plan­ning head Joel Jay So­ri­ano, the chief ar­chi­tect of this year’s quiz bee.

Sus­tain­abil­ity ex­perts unite

Or­ga­nized by EDC in part­ner­ship with Drink Sus­tain­abil­ity Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, the re­gional sci­ence quiz bee is open to ju­nior and se­nior high school stu­dents in Ne­gros. This year’s theme – “re­new­able en­ergy for a brighter fu­ture” – puts the spot­light on shift­ing to clean, re­new­able en­ergy sources to de­car­bonize the planet and make it liv­able for the next gen­er­a­tions.

Celebrity and sus­tain­abil­ity ad­vo­cate Robi Domingo also graced the event as spe­cial guest, urg­ing the youth to be part of the so­lu­tion.

In­for­ma­tion and ques­tions used in the quiz bee have been ver­i­fied by a panel of ex­pert judges com­posed of CSR team head Nor­reen Bautista and En­gi­neer Fer­di­nand Lan­taca from EDC, Young En­vi­ron­men­tal Fo­rum ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lud­wig Fed­eri­gan, former Visayas State Univer­sity (VSU) pres­i­dent Dr. Pa­cien­cia Mi­lan and Depart­ment of En­ergy (DOE) Visayas field of­fice OIC-di­rec­tor Rey Maleza.

Now on its fourth year, the BOTB gath­ered stu­dent par­tic­i­pants all across Ne­gros in the most-awaited sci­ence-based quiz bee of the re­gion. A to­tal of 77 schools par­tic­i­pated in this year ’s search, four times higher than the 14 teams who took part dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral event back in 2016.

 ??  ?? Win­ners Paul Per­alta and Jan­dale Samil­lano (cen­ter) re­ceive their prize at the award­ing cer­e­mony.
Win­ners Paul Per­alta and Jan­dale Samil­lano (cen­ter) re­ceive their prize at the award­ing cer­e­mony.

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