17 at 17th PSQ

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Seventeen (17) young statistics whizzes representing all the regions of the country are expected to compete in three rounds of questions and answers on statistical concepts, theories and problems in the 2008 Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) National Finals which will be held on December 4 at the Social Security System Auditorium in Quezon City.

"The PSQ is now on its 17th year," said NSO Administrator Carmelita Ericta, chairperson of this year's undertaking. She added that, "the Quiz aims to assess the competency and skills of college freshmen in statistics as acquired from high school."

The NSO and the Philippine Statistical Association have been conducting the yearly undertaking since 1992 to promote public awareness and appreciation of statistics. In 1994, the Commission on Higher Education began endorsing the annual competition.

Last year, sixteen-year-old Benson E. Dusaran, a Chemistry student from the Central Mindanao University, Province of Bukidnon, bested 16 other regional champions to bring home the national finals trophy in the 16th PSQ held at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management in Quezon City. Dusaran answered correctly all the ten questions in the third and final (difficult) round of the contest and became the first national champion from Region 10 (Northern Mindanao).

Regional championships were simultaneously held once again nationwide last November 13. The first placers from each region, who must be Filipino citizens and first-time freshmen enrolled in any public or private college or university and, who have met the required cut-off cumulative score set forth in the contest mechanics will be the official representatives to the 17th PSQ National Finals.

NCR Rimson E. Junio 15 Mapua Institute of Technology BS Electronics and Communications Engineering
CAR Roy Christopher K. Ang 16 St. Louis University BS Medical Laboratory Science
I Margie Lyn E. Gacayan 16 St. Louis College BS in Accountancy
II Ma. Angelica Goldameir C. Cannu 16 St. Paul University Philippines BS Nursing
III Christian D. Calonzo 17 Bulacan State University BS Computer Engineering
IV-A Heinrich Sean F. Fabregas 16 University of the Philippines Los Ba�os, Laguna B.S. Statistics
IV-B Eric James A. Magay 17 Palawan State University BS Environmental Science
V Kristine C. Villaraza 16 Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges BS Electronics and Communication Engineering
VI Rosa Lea S. Baldevarona 17 University of the Philippines-Visayas BS Public Health
VII Lucky B. Bajalla 17 University of San Carlos BS Chemical Engineering
VIII Ruel Ryan A. Rosal 17 Visayas State University BS Chemistry
IX Ralph Anthony A. Espos 17 Ateneo de Zamboanga University BS Accountancy
X Melvin P. Lacia 17 Mindanao State University-IIT BS Civil Engineering
XI Anjelica Izabelle F. Napala 17 University of the Philippines-Mindanao BS Biology
XII Mark Anthony S. Matampac 16 Mindanao State University-General Santos BS Electronics and Communication Engineering
CARAGA Arthur M. Amora 17 Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology BS Geodetic Engineering
ARMM Norzaman S. Abdulrashid 17 Safrullah M. Dipatuan Foundation Academy BS Management


The regional champions from outside Metro Manila that are eligible to join the national finals as well as their respective coaches shall be provided with roundtrip fares. Modest accommodation and allowances while in Manila shall also be provided to all contestants and their coaches for the duration of the competition.


At stake for the top five placers in the PSQ National Finals are cash prizes, trophies, certificates of recognition and several gift items from various sponsors and donors.