02 July 2021
From dungeons to DNA, the world’s toughest competitive programming challenges were no match for these Filipino high schoolers.
Three Filipino high school kids just bagged three bronze medals in the most prestigious and most difficult competitive programming event in the world. Vincent Dela Cruz, Raphael Dylan Dalida, and Frederick Ivan Tan earned bronze medals at the recently-concluded 33rd International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), besting hundreds of contestants from over 80 countries.
The IOI is one of the world’s biggest science olympiads. The two-day competition—hosted this year by Singapore from June 19 to 25, 2021, but held online due to the pandemic—featured a gauntlet of programming challenges that tested competitors’ coding skills and creativity, with problems involving everything from a dungeons game to mutating DNA.
03 June 2021
“Our women scientists, doctors, and frontliners are the brains, heart, and soul of our nation’s pandemic response,” Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Director Josette T. Biyo said at the inauguration of the Institute’s March-long celebration of National Women’s Month.
“Even as the nation salutes their tireless efforts, so too do we take this month to celebrate their nurturing strength. You are inspirations to us all, and we cannot thank you enough,” Biyo added. She challenged all SEI employees to continue to campaign and mainstream gender equality in all of the institute’s programs, projects, and activities.
06 May 2021
Grade 12 student Bryce Ainsley Sanchez of Grace Christian College bested over two dozen other finalists at the 23rd Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) held online last March 19 to 20, earning the top title for the third year in a row.
The honor was hard-earned: first runner up Steven Reyes of Saint Jude Catholic School, also a Grade 12 student, is a consistent national finalist in previous PMOs as well as a silver medalist in the International Physics Olympiad in 2018 and 2019. Meanwhile, the second runner up, Grade 10 student Raphael Dylan Dalida of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus, was the first runner up in last year’s PMO as well as a bronze medalist alongside Sanchez at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) the same year.