21 July 2017
The Philippines made its first appearance in the prestigious International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) with a bang, bringing home two bronze medals from the recently held competition in Thailand.
Arthur de Belen from Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Main Campus, and Charles Bartolo from PSHS Central Luzon Campus led the way for the national contingents with each taking home medals in their debut.
Also bannering the flag in the 49th IChO, which was held on 6-15 July 2017 in Nakhom Pathom, Thailand, are Israel Aguba (PSHS Main) and Keren Duque (PSHS Cagayan Valley), along with delegation head Dr. Jose Andaya (PSHS Calabarzon) and coach Xandra Junio (PSHS Cagayan Valley).
Dr. Nestor Valera, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Ateneo de Manila University and former president of the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas, Inc., said the entry of the Philippines in the said competition is aimed at developing future Chemistry experts in the country. He said the participation was a victory in itself and the medals were an added treat.
“Our participation in this year's IChO is historical because this marks Team Philippines's debut appearance in this prestigious event. The big bonus is that two of our students also won bronze medals,” said Valera who, along with De la Salle University’s Dr. Eric Punzalan, led the assembly of the Philippine team.
Deartment of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Director Dr. Josette Biyo congratulated the team and expressed support in their future competitions.
“This, along with every other great performance of our students in international science and mathematics competitions, is welcome development as we pursue further excellence in these crucial fields of science. We thank all the people behind the team’s success and the science community will continue to provide support in these endeavors,” Biyo remarked. (30)