Regional championships for the 2009 Philippine Statistics Quiz (18th PSQ) were simultaneously held on 12 November all over the country spearheaded by the PSQ Regional Steering Committees with the support of local officials, government agencies and private institutions. First-time freshmen representing various colleges and universities, both public and private, and who are Filipino citizens participated in the contest.
"The regional champion, who has met the required cut-off cumulative score set forth in the contest mechanics, will be the official representative of the region to the 18th PSQ National Finals which will be held on 04 December at the Social Security System Auditorium in Quezon City."
The seventeen (17) young statistics whizzes that will be competing in three rounds of questions and answers on statistical theories and problems are as follows:
|REGION||NAME OF CHAMPION||AGE||COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY||COURSE|
|NCR||Michael Van B. Supranes||17||University of the Philippines-Diliman||BS Statistics|
|CAR||John Ericson L. Millano||17||St. Louis University||BS Electronics and Communication Engineering|
|I||Aldrin N. Soriano||17||Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University - La Union Campus||BS Electrical Engineering|
|II||Dianne D. Razalan||16||Nueva Vizcaya State University||BS Mathematics|
|III||Gerald F. de Belen||16||Bulacan State University||BS Math Major in Applied Statistics|
|IV-A||Roy B. Latayan||16||Batangas State University||B.S. General Engineering|
|IV-B||Marc Paulo M. Malco||17||Marinduque State College||BS Electronics and Communication Engineering|
|V||Bennyvic Joyce J. Esguerra||17||Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges||BS Electronics and Communication Engineering|
|VI||Maja Sefra M. Peralta||16||University of the Philippines-Visayas||BS Applied Mathematics|
|VII||Kevin Clyde Y. Chu||17||University of San Carlos||BS Computer Science|
|VIII||Mark Jeffrey S. Diaz||16||University of the Philippines - Tacloban||BS Computer Science|
|IX||Abdel Aziz A. Alfad||16||Ateneo de Zamboanga University||BS Mathematical Sciences|
|X||Gratz Dale Noel G. Redoble||17||Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan||BS Electrical Engineering|
|XI||Kriza Fave A. Calumba||17||University of the Philippines-Mindanao||BS Food Technology|
|XII||Emelou L. Maning||16||University of Southern Mindanao-Kabacan, Cotabato||BS Electronics and Communication Engineering|
|CARAGA||Jesiree L. Serviano||17||Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology||BS Geodetic Engineering|
|ARMM||Reanne Len C. Arlan||16||Mindanao State University-Marawi||BS Statistics|
Regional champions as well as their respective coaches, except the National Capital Region, shall be provided with roundtrip fares. Modest accommodation and allowances while in Manila shall also be provided to all the 17 contestants and their coaches for the duration of the competition.
Moreover, each regional champion who qualified as national finalist will also be awarded with a PSQ medal and a certificate of recognition. Their respective coaches, the college or university where the regional champions are currently enrolled, as well as the high school where they graduated from will all likewise be given certificates of recognition. These are aside from cash prize, trophies and several gift items from various sponsors and donors at stake for the top five winners in the PSQ national finals.
Last year, sixteen-year-old Roy Christopher K. Ang, a freshman Medical Laboratory Science student from the Saint Louis University-Baguio City bagged the 17th PSQ National Finals. Ang was awarded a cash prize of P25,000.00 and a specially designed trophy, among others. His coach, Nora S. Umalla was also given a certificate of recognition and P12,500.00 cash reward.
The PSQ 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.