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EDC Battle of the Brains
champion to win P30K

Students of 10 Negros schools will face off today in the action-packed grand finale of the Energy Development Corporation’s Battle of the Brains, at Foundation University in Dumaguete City.

On top of bringing home the title as “Positive Energy Battle of the Brains Champions”, this year’s grand winners will also receive P30,000 along with gold medals, and a trip to EDC’s 222.5-megawatt Southern Negros Geothermal Project in Valencia, Negros Oriental, its press release said.

Today’s finale is the culmination of a series of quiz bees that engaged the youth of Negros and impressed upon them the importance of striving for a sustainable future.

Last year’s defending champion – Southland College Kabankalan – will defending their crown from other grand finalists coming from Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial National High School, Riverside College Inc. Senior High School, Bago City College, Notre Dame of Bago City, Mabinay Science High School, Okiot NHS, Cambagahan NHS, Balugo NHS, and Valencia NHS, the press release said.

Second and third placers will receive P10,000 and P7,000, respectively, with corresponding medals, and all participating schools will receive certificates.

Now on its third year, and with the theme “Renewable Energy for a Brighter Future”, the regional science quiz bee for junior and senior high schools aims to continue spreading awareness on the importance of renewable energy as one of the solutions to fighting climate change.

“The tight competition in all the semi-final rounds is proof of the heightened awareness of our youth on issues related to the environment in this year’s Battle of the Brains,” Vicente Omandam Jr., senior manager and head of EDC’s Reservoir and Project Management Division, said. “It is clear that the movement to combat climate change has been embraced by our students in Negros.”

All information and questions throughout the quiz bee have been verified by its panel of judges, composed of Rodne Galicha, Climate Reality PH’s country manager; former Foundation for Philippine Environment president and former Visayas State University president Paciencia Milan, and Rey Maleza from the Department of Energy-Visayas.

EDC partnered with Drink Editorial and Design, Hush Events Solutions, and the Tourism Educators Council of Negros Oriental and Siquijor once again for this year’s BOTB, the press release added.*

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Albee Day held in Talisay

Albee Day was held during the recent Minuluan Festival in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, with fun activities for the whole family.

Day Care pupils from all over Talisay participated in the Boom Boom Dance Contest, the Vocal Solo Competition and the Draw and Tell Tilt, a press release from the office of Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said.

Pahampang Games were also held for the Nanays and Tatays and a Bingo Game for Talisay residents, it added.

Talisay coordinator for the Benitez satellite office, Bonirose Alunan Dajay, said the winners in the kiddie dance contest were Daniela Grace Andrade–champion, Bryce Ethan Balba–1st runner-up, Jheanell Obar–second, and Alvior Alcosizar–third.

Vocal solo contest winners were Princess Ann Maapin – champion, John Joseph Castro – first runner up, Kyrho Dyle Abibuag – second, and Dominic Dalmacio - third.

Cluster I was named champion for the dance contest, with Cluster IV as 1st runner up, and Cluster V as 2nd runner up, the press release added.*

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67 qualify for VMC art tilt

Sixty-seven students were handpicked from more than 138 entries all over Negros Island, to join the 6th Victorias Milling Company Interschool Art Contest 2018 during the pre-qualifying rounds held in Bacolod City, Monday, a press release from VMC said.

The Negros Occidental High School had the most number of finalists with 37 chosen out of 87, while 11 out of 21 from Negros Oriental also qualified.

In the elementary category 14 students from Negros Occidental will be joined by five qualifiers from Negros Oriental, out of 36 participants.

The contenders in the elementary category for Negros Occidental are Princess Skye Chiang, Marc Angelo Sumugat, Kliev Azaree lBrodit, Jose Kriztian Juaneza, Bob Danielle Jaena, Angel Mag-usara and Francheska Drilon, all from Eliakim Learning Center in Bacolod City.

They will be joined by Abe Joyce Ereje from Talisay Elementary School, Jelix Pacifico Benitez and Bless Canonigo from Nazareth Institute Development and Training Foundation, Rhine Angeline Sabarillo from St. Scholastica’s Academy, Ma. Isabelle Maghari from Maranatha Christian College, Shairra Faye Tolentino from La Consolacion College and Maria Yna Athena Grandia from Asuncion L. Lizares Elementary School.

From Negros Oriental, those who qualified in the elementary category are Kylin Clysdale Ilagan of Bais City Science Elementary School, Nikki Villanueva from Little Village Educational Foundation Inc., and Iciar Yoldi, Deelen Calumpang and Annica Racey Galang, all from Silliman University.

In the high school category, the finalists from Negros Occidental are; Arliyah Tatoy, Ishkah Tatoy, Tabitha Tatoy, John Tristan Sabarillo, Ckerulei Edreen Santos, and Aira Marie Kei Latorre (St. Scholastica’s Academy); Bea Angela Jayme, John Quincy Hervias, Kennette Luague, Princess Kaye Bayotas Payo, Rolando Salimbaga, Jr., and Seam Jan Pelegrino (Sagay National High School); Jehu Peria , Redeem Ravello, Mary Louise Adolacion, and Miko Escaner (La Castellana National High School); Jammel Duropan, Ben Brian Palermo, Katherine Lou Maniego, Brandon Kent Braza, Ian Carlo Belarmino, Juliane Cabrera, Zackhary Mitch Tabligan, Adriane Aristosa, Mary Martha De Asis, Elvin John Frias, and Dennis James Occeña (La Consolacion College Bacolod).

Joining them are Rainer Cosas from Dona Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School, Mizpah Diaz from Liceo De La Salle – Bacolod, Therese Mae Ortaliz and Elizabeth Anne Regalado from St. John’s Institute, Regine Pintor (Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial National High School), Dia Diocson (Riverside College Incorporated), Franklin Dato-on (Victorias National High School), Hans Benedict Espina (Calvary Baptist Academy of Pontevedra Inc.), and Fiona May Aperong and Juan Carlos Zuloaga, both from the University of St. La Salle – Integrated School.

In Negros Oriental, those who qualified in the secondary category are – Jason Majaña (Jose B. Cardenas Memorial High School), Fif Bry Cabang (Guihulngan National High School – Poblacion), Miguel Ignacio Chua and Harvy Dave Divinagracia (Silliman University), Alexis Meo Juanillo (Colegio De Sta. Catalina De Alejandria) and Yul Gabriel Dionson, Dwight Eisenhower Alota, Hezera Reignreal Tenchavez, Charles Steven Marc Libradilla, Christine Therese Villanueva, and Angelmaxine Ting, all from Bais City National High School.

VMC first launched the art competition in 2013 as part of its thrust to restore and enhance the arts and culture awareness in Negros and promote the company’s vision and values through the creativity of the young, the press release said.

This year’s theme, “Evolution” aims to drive the value of growth and development over time for individuals and entities. As VMC celebrates its centennial celebration in 2019, it hopes to drive the message to all, particularly to the young, that there should always be that constant desire to improve one’s self; not to be content with their current capabilities, but to always strive to become better versions of themselves, the press release said.

The students were asked to submit previous artworks that were the basis of the judges’ decision to invite them to the on-the-spot competition to be held September 22 in Dumaguete City for Oriental finalists and on September 29 at the Gallery Orange in Bacolod for Occidental students.

Judging the pre-qualifying rounds held in Bacolod City Monday were artists, Hilario Campos, Dr. Adrian Torres and Karina Broce-Gonzaga,the press release added.*

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Albee Day held in Talisay
67 qualify for VMC art tilt

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