After a series of eliminations, seventeen young hopefuls from various colleges and universities all over the country will finally meet to compete for the Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) National Finals. The event will be held at the GT Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP-Diliman, Quezon City on December 8, 2015, 1:00 p.m. This is the 24th season of the PSQ since it was organized by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Philippine Statistical Association, Inc. (PSAI) in 1992.
Competing in this year's PSQ National Finals are: Mariano NiÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±o V T. Oliva (NCR), Bert Joseph F. Prestoza (CAR), Novelyn S. Corpuz (Region I), Rochelle Kaye Villana (Region II), John Michael P. Guiao (Region III), Carlo A. Basbas (Region IV-A), Neil Christiane F. Buenaobra (Region IV-B), Emmanuel J. Basaya (Region V), Alyssa Marie dela Cruz (Region VI), Ma. Juliet G. Tandog (Region VII), Mervin June B. Gasatan (Region VIII), Andrie Jay P. Bitun (Region IX), Jerson S. Castro (Region X), Isaac Edron J. Orig (Region XI), Merce Jaen N. Adlaon (Region XII), Jester Jay N. Abuzo (Caraga), and Josua C. Diaz (ARMM).
Meanwhile, all the contestants and their respective coaches will be provided with free accommodation and a roundtrip fare for outside Metro Manila. The National Champion shall bring home a specially designed trophy and a cash prize of PhP30,000. Other Top 5 winners shall be given a PSQ trophy and a total cash prize amounting to PhP70,000. Coaches of the winners shall likewise receive an amount equivalent to half of their each contestant’s cash prize. All the participants will be awarded with a PSQ medal and a certificate of recognition.
Last year, Andre Gilmore Arpa, a freshman BS Accountancy student from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, topped the PSQ National Finals. This was the third time that Region IX bagged the PSQ national trophy after winning in 2009 and in 2011. Remarkably, the three winners all came from Ateneo de Zamboanga. Hashim Monir M. Ambia (Region XII) got the second spot while Hussain D. Zuorba (Region VII) placed third. Fourth and fifth placers went to Raphael Christian D. Sanchez (Region X) and Mark Ceasar B. Rosales (Region VIII), respectively.
The PSQ is an annual event which aims to appraise the competency and skills in statistics among college freshmen students. It also seeks to generate greater public awareness on the importance of statistics.
Information regarding the event can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineStatisticsQuiz/
FOR THE NATIONAL STATISTICIAN:
ROMEO S. RECIDE
(Interim Deputy National Statistician)