By: Shaira P. Daludado

Cedric John Marc P. Catacutan and John Paolo A. Lumanlan, Grade 10 students of Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus snatched 3rd Place amoung 93 participants of the Philippine Robotics Olympics (PRO) held in SM North Edsa on September 9–11, qualifying them to join the World Robotics' Olympics (WRO).

Catacutan and Lumanlan, who composed of CVC's Team A of the Treasure Hunt Category, ranked 13th in the preliminaries.

However, they garnered 70 and 20 points in the final round putting them to 3rd place.

The victory gave them the opportunity to represent the Philippines in the WRO 2015 to be held in Doha, Qatar this November, 2015.

Among the other participants were Reymar Melchor M. Tutaan and Jane Guerrero (10th graders), CVC's Team B who grabbed 11th place in the preliminary round and were also finalists of the PRO.

Mr. Jenshiam Balgua stated that working with the team was unproblematic and he also talked about the possible advancements they look forward to.

"We are ought to learn the EV3 Platform in order to leverage its advanced capabilities para magkaroon sila ng mas malaking winning chances at more fighting edge sa World Competition," quoted coach Balgua.

Tutaan labeled their coach as "a very, very dedicated coach and teacher".

In the last ten years, this is the first time that a team of PSHS–CVC will compete in the WRO.

By: Shaira B. Daludado

With the vision of promoting gender equality in the levels of the playing field, Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus (PSHS–CVC) hosted a joint Gender And Development (GAD) Activity in Baguio City on dates July 14–15.

Among the participants were teachers and staff from the different PSHS campuses namely Ilocos Region (IRC), Cagayan Valley (CVC), Cordillera Administrative Region (CARC) and the Office of the Executive Director (OED) itself.

In purpose of allowing the participants to finally be able to meet each other, PSHS–CVC along with the OED organized fellowship party and opening program in Brentwood Apartelle on the first day of the event.

On the other hand, the second day started and ended with UP Los Baños' Gender Director, Dr. Maria Helen F. Dayo's discussion in promotion of gender equality.

Among the topics tackled were the overviews on education, education and equality and educational programs for women who may or may not have encountered stereotypes.

As the highlight of the event, the third day served as another opportunity to create another interaction among the participants as all were given the chance to battle each other through sports.

PSHS–CVC dominated the sports fest by clinching the titles in basketball and volleyball. IRC dominated the chess tournament and CARC kegglers bagged the title in bowling.

by: Harold V. Gallo

Sophomore scholar Christlen Carlo L. Olivares went home with the first runner title after losing by a point in the Provincial Tourism Quiz Show at the Ammungan Hall, Provincial Capitol, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya last Sept. 16, 2014.

Olivares advanced in the Final Round after scoring 13 of 20 questions and ranked 3rd behind the contestants of Saint Loius School and the eventual champion Nueva Vizcaya State University – High School, Bayombong, respectively in the written preliminaries.

In the Final Round, Olivares was denied the title with a heartbreaking one point debacle against NVSU’s contender.

NVSU bagged first place scoring 14 point, Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus clinched second place amassing 13 points and Saint Mary’s University garnered third place tallying 12 points. 

We did not defend the title but there is always a next year. For a first timer like Christlen, I’m already happy with second place finish”, commented coach Christine Ordinario.

Olivares received a medal, a certificate of recognition and a Php200.00 cash prize. 

The quiz bee featured written Elimination Round where six students were chosen from 45 provincial contenders to compete in the Final Round. 

Enthemed, “Tourism and Community Development”, the competition is a part of the National Tourism Week celebration. #


by: Harold V. Gallo

Centro De Cultura, Inc. (CDC) ran away in the difficult round and copped the title of the Pisay Quiz Show Grand Finals 3rd edition held at SM City, Cauayan City, Sept. 21, 2014.

Supported by the dominant crowd from the host city, CDC’s team composed of Edrian Paul S. Liao, Vien Vincent Jio J. Viloria and Allex Matthew F. Ty, scored a staggering 35 points in the Final Round to bring home the title.

The team in white-and-green uniform had a slow start after scoring only eight points in the Easy Round, but picked up the slack in the Average Round with a round-high 24 points and finally scored 35 in the payoff round to punctuate their run and amassed 67 overall points.

Assistant coach Redentor Samante dismissed the idea that homecourt advantage played a role in the victory and pointed that their pupils are ready because of enough preparation and trainings they had.

We are confident with our kids because they have been exposed not only to local competitions but also to international contests” added Samante.

Team skipper Liao, who has participated in international Math competitions, said that the experience is unique but admitted that the questions are difficult because Science and Abstract Reasoning questions were included.

Head coach Carlota A. Cureg, praised her team saying “they have the tools to excel because they have the dedication to make it to the highest level. These are kids also excel in sports, math, arts and other areas. They are an exceptional team.

It’s just amazing winning the contest because this is a lifetime feat for graduating pupils and aspiring Pisay scholars like us”, Liao added.

Meanwhile, Tuguegarao West Central School – Regular Curriculum copped second place after scoring 57 points.

While CDC had enough time and preparations, the second best team lamented on the lack of time in preparing for the competitions because of the typhoons that hit Region 2 prior to the Grand Finals.

We doubted our first answers, madaming times na pinalitan namin ‘yung mga sagot dahil magkakaiba kami ng answers”, added team member Kasandra Ortezze B. Gudao.

TWCS, also known as School of the Future, had two teams in the Finals, the Science Curriculum team and the Regular Curriculum team, but the Regular Curriculum team composed of Gudao, Marlo Macaraniag Jr., and John Ulysses N. Doniego, edged out their sister team and finished with the silver medal.

Meanwhile, School of Saint James the Apostle in Santiago City composed of Kyla Elisa D. Sacmar, Marc Jose C. Simon, John Carlo D. Manuel, bagged third place with 54 points.

Completing the top 5 schools were Pe?ablanca West Central School and Claveria Central School, respectively.

The Quiz Show has a tremendous success in its third year of inception. I believe that the competition helped these pupils prepare for the Pisay entrance examination”, quipped Ronald Navalta, Extension Coordinator and one of the organizers.

Last year’s champion Tuguegarao North Central School did not defend its title because they TWCS clinched the two spots in the Tuguegarao cluster.

The winners received trophies, medals and cash prizes worth Php 3,000, Php. 2,000 and Php. 1,000 for the Champion, 1st-Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up respectively. #

by: Harold V. Gallo

It takes Guts to achieve Glory but in the 2014 sportsfest of Pisayers, Grace ruled over them.
Team Grace captured the title and outlasted its rivals during the intramurals held at different venues last Sept. 5-6.

Accumulating 193 points, team Grace walked away with the title ruling over team Guts which accumulated 187 points and team Glory with an aggregate 139 points.

After the dusts settled, team Guts dominated the major events accumulating 69 points edging Grace with 64 points and Glory 54 points.

However, team Grace broke away in the minor events and Laro ng Lahi earning 124 points against the 118 points and 85 points piled by team Guts and Grace, respectively.

Major games and activities included basketball, volleyball, softball, cheerdance, Mr. and Miss Intrams and collaborative publishing.

Furthermore, minor events comprised badminton, table tennis, chess, scrabble and laro ng lahi.

We are glad to have the intrams again. It’s an avenue for us to showcase our sporty side and compete in the spirit of victory and camaraderie”, pointed team Guts skipper Nelvinson Daquioag.

Guts’ pair Rani Amor Serquiña and Ralph Justine Idio swept the showdown of beauty and wit to capture Miss and Mr. Intrams bragging rights. 

Due to inclement weather in the first day of the intramurals, games in basketball were transferred to the LGU gymnasium while badminton games were done at the NVGCHS gym.

In the second day of the intrams, the team of the faculty and staff called Templars bested the alumni selection in an exciting basketball friendly, 62-59.

The intramurals is sponsored and organized by the Humanities Department headed by Mrs. Zenaida T. Manzano and the Office of the Student Services Division led by Mr. Daniel Padua.

Daquioag (Guts), Ymmanuel Gaffud (Glory) and Joseph Michael Bote (Grace) as team leaders.#