2021 Winnings

By Le Grande Dolino

Students from Southern Mindanao Campus won first runner-up in the Ateneo Chemistry Olympiad Video Presentation Round held online last April 24 and 30. The event was organized by the Ateneo Chemistry Society.

The winning team, composed of Grade 11 students Shannen Alexa Basan and Elle Sue Jamayo as well as Grade 12 student Tom Manuel Piccio, participated in the Industrial Chemistry of Everyday Objects category. Alexa, Elle and Tom made an informative video about the chemistry behind flavors.

Another team composed of Grade 11 students Taj Liam Banzon and David Mendoza as well as Grade 12 student Revien Rodriguez participated in the Chemistry in Health and Medicine category. Taj, David and Revien produced a video about CRISPR technology which can be used to edit genes.

The video entries of both teams can be viewed at the Ateneo Chemistry Olympiad Facebook page.

Also, Taj won Bronze in the 2021 Philippine National Chemistry Olympiad Finals held online last March 6. The event was organized by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, Inc.

Congratulations to all students involved!

By Le Grande Dolino

Grade 8 PSHSSMC student Franz Achilles Lindayag won champion in the Secondary 2 category of the Thailand International Mathematical Olympiad (TIMO) held online last April 3, 2021.

This year's TIMO was joined by participants from 18 countries across five continents. Franz also won Gold for the individual awards in the same competition and ranked top scorer for the Philippines.

Franz frequently participates in local and international mathematics competitions.

"I could hardly believe it. I have vied for this title for three years now and finally, my hardship and perseverance paid off," Franz said in a written comment.

Franz recently won silver in the Guangdong Hong Kong Macau Greater Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad held last March.

Upon becoming champion in TIMO, Franz encouraged other students and math enthusiasts to continue doing their best.

"Keep on believing in yourself. Eventually, like me, you will reach your star. Cheers to all! We did it! Philippines conquered the world!" Franz shared.

TIMO is organized by the Olympiad Champion Education Centre (OCEC).


By Le Grande Dolino

Franz Achilles Lindayag, a Grade 8 student from PSHSSMC, won silver (second prize award) in the 2021 Guangdong Hong Kong Macao Greater Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad held online last March 21, 2021.

Franz is one of ten other silver awardees in the competition for the Secondary 2 category. The event was joined by representatives from Bulgaria, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The annual competition was organized by the Olympiad Champion Education Centre (OCEC).

By Le Grande Dolino

SMC students bag the championship and second runner-up awards in the recently concluded National Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering Summit held online last March 26 to 28, 2021.

The event consisted of a qualifying quiz bee round which led to the Idea Challenge, where groups proposed solutions to "medical waste management and valorization" in the Philippines.

Team L composed of Carlos Gabriel Araniego (Grade 12), Maria Leianna Yutig (Grade 11) and Crispino Alvarado III (Grade 10) under Engr. Ace Lonzaga (coach) emerged as champion. Team K composed of Tom Manuel Piccio (Grade 12), Warren Dominic Beltran (Grade 11), and Mary Grace Espino (Grade 10) under Ms. Jihan Codizar (coach) bagged the second runner-up prize as well as the Best in Quiz Bee award.

The event was organized by the UP Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering Association Incorporated.

by Sheila Allong

Proving that PhiSciers are not just academically excellent but are also multi-talented in different abilities and skills, a Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus scholar emerged as the CHAMPION in the region-wide Ateneo de Davao University- Schools of Engineering (ADDU-SEA) Fair 2021 Sketch Wars Event held online last March 17, 2021.

Grade 12-Kelvin student Eliza Annet B. Juanitez competed virtually against other high school students from 9 different schools all over Mindanao in a challenge wherein they were given the subject “Royal Ontario Museum in Canada” on the spot for which they had to use as a guide for sketching depending on their desired perspective. They were to sketch the subject using monochrome (black and white format) for two (2) hours only. The sketch war event was part of the week-long (March 15-19, 2021) online ADDU-SEA Fair.  

As relayed by the coach, Engr. Michael V. Nalitan, “I am very proud of Eliza not only because of her exceptional drawing skills but also because she remained focused and tenacious despite the event being held in time for the examination week in Pisay-SMC.”

As instructed by the Campus Director Jonald P. Fenecios, the good news was announced during the virtual flag ceremony of the PSHS-SMC faculty and staff last March 29, 2021 and is posted in the school’s official Facebook Page -

Crude extract of sweet potato leaves as intelligent food packaging?

The study of Grade 12 research team composed of Leener Kate B. Alucilja, Kaye Richelle A. Duarte, and Tom Manuel O. Piccio entitled “𝘊𝘳𝘶𝘥𝘦 𝘌𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘗𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘐𝘱𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘦𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘴 (𝘚𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘗𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘰) 𝘓𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘮 𝘐𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘰𝘴𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘴 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘗𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨” caught the attention of the panelists during the online oral defense and eventually made the team garner the third place during the PACSiyensya (Science Investigatory Project Competition) held online on February 20, 2021.

PACSiyensya, formerly known as IP Contest, is one of the main events of the Junior Chemistry Congress 2021 organized by the Philippine Association of Chemistry Students, Inc. (PACS, Inc.).

The whole Pisay SMC community is very jubilant of this recognition.  The Campus Director, Mr. Jonald Fenecios himself proudly said, “The school administration is always at your back and is proud of you dear scholars for all of your accomplishments, most especially when it comes to research and scientific innovations. Great job!”

Bagwis-Agham writer and grade 10 student Jucille Kate Delos Santos emerged as champion in the Science News Writing (Filipino) category and Sci-Wings journalist and also grade 10 student Sophia Dominique Ann Samson won third place in the Science Feature Writing (English) category during the AURUM ONLINE PRESS CONFERENCE held online last February 17, 2021.

This online press conference with the theme “F𝚒𝚡𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙲𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚜: 𝙿𝚛𝚘𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚂𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝙹𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚖 𝙰𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚄𝚜" was organized by the UP Biochemistry Society with the advocacy of making science journalism more fun and accessible for everyone. 

The school paper advisers and coaches Mr. Johnel Lumacao and Ms. Sheila Allong were very proud of how the students excelled in the contest despite the inconvenient and challenging new normal setup of having to do the training and practice virtually.

Included in this post were the actual entries of the students generously uploaded by the organizers in their Facebook page.