DOST-SEI Recognizes 1,395 Pinoy Math and Science Wizards – Manila Bulletin
The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) recognized the nation’s 1,395 mathematical and science geniuses for winning 3,672 prizes in 67 international competitions in 2020.
This year’s winners were celebrated at the DOST-SEI Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards, which took place virtually on October 29.
âThis year’s number of 1,395 medalists, with a total of 3,672 awards for 67 competitions, is proof that despite the pandemic, many of us continue to strive for excellence,â said the director. from DOST-SEI, Dr. Josette Biyo in a press release.
âMany of our teachers and parents continue to believe in the innate talents of our young people. Many of us in the scientific community cling to your fire as this country’s hope and strength for the future, âshe added.
It was noted that the number of laureates decreased by 14% compared to 1,631 identified in 2019.
Examples of the best young minds in PH
In a message to the virtual YES Awards ceremony, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la PeÃ±a hailed the students as “examples of the best young minds” in the country.
âIndeed, the past year has been an unexpected challenge for everyone. This is exactly why your triumphs are all the more laudable and worthy of celebration, for each of you is here through thick and thin. You are all true examples of the best young minds in the Philippines, âhe said.
One of the laureates, Andres Rico Gonzales III of De La Salle University Integrated School, said it was his biggest dream to win gold at the 2020 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)
âIn international competitions, we fight not only for our own merit but also for our country. That is why, every year, we are all excited about the YES award, because it is the culmination of our hard work that is recognized by our government. God gave us the talent and the passion for reasons bigger than us, that is to say to help and share these gifts for the good of many â, he declared.
He recalled how he fought last year as the coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) permanently changed his life.
âThe last year has been the most trying time in my family’s life because we still mourn the passing of my father who just died two weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. Our business closed and there were a lot of drastic changes after that, âGonzales said.
In 2018, Gonzales started competing in the IMO, settling for an honorable mention. A year later, he won a bronze medal.
âThe preparation for IMO is rigid because we all know it is the toughest international math competition for high school students. Then came the pandemic, which delayed the competition, and subsequently coincided with the academic year. It was difficult to concentrate. I had to juggle studying for school and revising for IMO.
” I cried. I prayed. I fought, âGonzales said.
âWe don’t know what the future will be. But one thing is certain: whatever the challenge, science and technology will serve as the backbone and front line of the fight, âhe said.
Gold Ribbon School Award
During the award ceremony, institutions that have regularly won international science and mathematics competitions over the past three years were also recognized as âGold Ribbon School Awardeesâ.
DOST-SEI said the list of finalists included St. Jude Catholic School, the main campus of Philippine High School of Sciences (PSHS) and De La Salle School Santiago Zobel, which won the most large number of medals from 2018 to 2020.
PSHS Main Campus Director Dr Lawrence Madriaga expressed gratitude to DOST-SEI for presenting the School’s Gold Ribbon Award.
âWe believe that if we are to continuously improve as a school, we must constantly challenge ourselves and aim to be on par with our international counterparts. We are always looking for opportunities to improve the way we encourage our students to become STEM professionals and be part of nation building in the future, âsaid Madriaga.
As a DOST Institutional Prize, the YES Prize is awarded to young Filipinos for their exemplary achievements in science and mathematics.
The award is in the form of a Medal of Distinction awarded by the Secretary of Science and Technology or the Regional Director of DOST.
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