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05 May 2022

Familiar names dominated yet again in the 2022 National Olympiad in Informatics – Philippines (NOI.PH).

After nabbing bronze in the 33rd International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) held last year in Singapore, Raphael Dylan T. Dalida of the Philippine Science High School – Main Campus looks to get another chance for the gold as he topped the national event, besting 29 finalists in the online NOI.PH last April 23-24.

Dalida finished with an impressive 699.23 points.
Securing the second spot and receiving a silver medal is fellow IOI veteran Frederick Ivan Michael Tan of Philippine Science High School – Main with 510 points. Just like Dalida, he won a bronze medal in last year’s IOI.

Another silver medalist is Filbert Ephraim Wu of Victory Christian International School who came in third with 412 points.
With the win, Dalida, Tan, and Wu received P6,000, P3,000, and P3,000 cash prizes, respectively, along with medals and certificates.
The NOI.PH Finals was participated in by the top 29 contestants that emerged from the eliminations. They each solved four challenging programming tasks in each day’s five-hour session. Contestants used their programming, coding and analytical skills to create data structures and algorithms to solve each task using a program.

Also securing places in the top 10 were:

4th place – Cassidy Kyler Tan of Ateneo de Manila Senior High School (391 points)
5th place – Shawn Darren Chua of MGC New Life Christian Academy (380.84 points)
6th place – John Lloyd Allas of City of San Jose Del Monte National Science High School (350 points)
7th place – Enrico Rolando Martinez of Philippine Science High School – Main (296 points)
7th place – Kian Colin Chua of Saint Jude Catholic School (296 points)
9th place – Joaquin Iñigo Castillejos of Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science (271.97 points)
10th place – Tristan Gabriel Cabinta of Philippine Science High School – CAR (268 points)

Tan also received the Rookie of the Year award, while Castillejos and Cabinta were the runners-up for the award.

NOI.PH President Marte Soliza congratulated the winners and urged the finalists to do their best in the training session. He also encouraged the finalists to invite more students to join the next seasons of the competition.

“The organizing committee would like to thank the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) for their continued support for the event. We would also like to thank our volunteers from University of the Philippines’ Association for Computing Machinery (UP ACM) and the Ateneo de Manila University’s Programming Varsity, as well as our testers and illustrators for helping. We hope for your continued support as we move to the selection of our delegation to the International Olympiad in Informatics 2022,” Soliza said.

Likewise, DOST-SEI’s Chief of the Science and Technology Manpower Education Research and Promotions Division, Dr. Ruby R. Cristobal, congratulated NOI.PH for a successful full-online national finals.

“Informatics as a field is something that is relevant now and in the future. Studies confirm that people in this field would be much needed for the country. We are very glad that the NOI.PH continues to lead in developing the innate analytical and computing talents of our students. We congratulate the winners and look forward to their journeys, not just in the IOI, but as catalysts of promoting science and technology for our people to be well-equipped with the right scientific knowledge and skills to respond to pressing issues in the society,” Cristobal said.

The IOI 2022 will be hosted by Indonesia from August 7 to 15. (30)