PSQ: In Retrospect


A new rule on breaking the tie was introduced i.e., the scores of round 1 will be the basis, if there’s still a tie, the scores of round 2, and if still necessary, five tie-breaking questions will be administered. A student from St. Louis University of Baguio emerged as champion.


An estimated 500 freshman college students from over 200 schools nationwide competed prior to National Finals. Although provincial contest is optional, 52 provinces conducted eliminations before advancing to regional championship rounds. In this tough competition, a BS Mathematical Sciences student from Ateneo de Zamboanga University of Region 9 grabbed its first National Championship trophy.


All regions except ARMM were represented. After the final round, a student from St. Louis University of Baguio emerged as the 17th PSQ Champion. There was a tie for the 3rd and 4th places. Ten questions were not enough to break the tie, hence the Board of Judges decided to equally divide the combined cash prizes for the 3rd and 4th places as a shared prize for the two contestants and a toss coin was resorted to determine who would bring home the 3rd place trophy.


It was the first time that the Technical Committee used up to 10 tie-breaking questions without breaking the tie in the fourth and fifth places, with the Board of Judges resorting to dividing equally the cash prizes for the two places, and to toss coin as to who brings home the bigger trophy. A Central Mindanao University student became the first ever PSQ national champion from Region 10.


Marking its one and a half decade run, PSQ continued its advocacy and introduced innovations such as the use of wireless technology and laptop computers for the National Finals. Central Luzon representative and winner was the first champion who answered correctly 27 of the 30 national finals questions.


A 15-point cut-off score was set for all regional champions to be able to qualify for the national finals. Given this challenge, each of the 17 regions was ably represented by their respective regional champions. Jocelyn Que, PSQ pioneer champion, was the guest speaker during the National Finals. A student from Ateneo de Manila University took the top spot.


Eastern Visayas won its first-ever PSQ Championship trophy. Representative Cynthia Villar who served as keynote speaker lauded the PSQ for helping instill the value of statistics among students and elicit awareness on its importance in national development.


In memoriam of his passing, the 12th Philippine Statistics Quiz paid tribute to National Scientist and statistician par excellance Dr. Tito A. Mijares. For the first eleven years of the PSQ, Dr. Mijares served as the chair of its Board of Judges. This is besides his legacy of professionalizing the Philippine Statistical System.
The championship was regained this year by the University of the Philippines, Diliman which bagged the first ever PSQ crown way back in 1992.


The contest was again aired on National Broadcasting Network (NBN-4), formerly PTV-4, on primetime with a student from AMA Computer Colleges of Baguio emerging as winner.


The PSQ attracted over 250 colleges and universities and saw the participation of almost 400 students. A special PSQ website was designed. In the finals, a student from Central Visayas State College of Agriculture, Forestry and Technology was declared the winner.


The PSQ was covered on national television, over the People’s Television Network (PTV-4). The winner was from University of San Carlos in Cebu City.


The Philippine Star covered the National Finals held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Cafetorium. That year’s national champion was eventually conferred an award as one of the Ten Outstanding Students in the Philippines. He was from St. Louis University in Baguio.


The Asian economic crunch dampened solicitations for the conduct of the national finals. Despite these odds, the PSQ managed to have its first online version of the quiz, with support from more than a dozen Internet service providers. Questions were launched via the information superhighway in NSO Sta. Mesa. A viewing site was set up at the Shangri-La EDSA Plaza where the seventh National Convention on Statistics was then being held.


Since 1995, bands of new sponsors had joined original sponsors enabling cash prizes for the top five national winners to be doubled. Coaches of the winning students were likewise rewarded with cash. Another University of the Philippines - Los Baños student won.


It was the third consecutive year that a student from the University of the Philippines - Los Baños prevailed in the contest


Only one champion represented a region in National Finals. A student from Southern Tagalog overpowered other contestants.


The Commission on Higher Education began endorsing the Philippine Statistics Quiz. A University of the Philippines - Los Baños student won the contest.


As more sponsors and donors became PSQ partners, the Quiz went national. Regional championships were held all over the country as qualifiers to the national finals. The first national champion was a Management Engineering student from Ateneo de Manila University who took home, among others, PhP10,000 in cash. NCR and Central Visayas registered the most number of contestants.


The National Statistics Office and the Philippine Statistical Association launched the first Philippine Statistics Quiz. Fourteen freshmen from various colleges and universities in the National Capital Region competed. A BS Statistics student of UP Diliman emerged as the winner.


PSQ by Year

25th PSQ Poster

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