The Philippine Government and the private sector jointly recognized the Philippine Robotics Team in ceremonies held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila for winning 62 medals at the 17th International Robotics Olympiad in Bucheon, South Korea in December last year.
Department of Education National Science and Technology Fair Chairman Joseph Jacob remarked that the Philippines has once again demonstrated its mettle with the Philippine delegation’s winning streak.
Recognizing Filipino children’s creativity and innovativeness, Wyeth Nutrition Innovations Head Iggy Alvarez (rightmost) and Communications Head Michelle Pador (leftmost) bestowed the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovator Special Award to the Philippine Robotics Team winners from Colegio De San Juan De Letran joined by their parents and coach.
Bagging three gold medals in the Olympiad were De La Salle Santiago Zobel School students Cholo Aguilar, Jared Elamparo and Juan Carlo Hernandez in the Mission Challenge event. Winning four silver medals were Colegio De San Juan De Letran students Zandra Pauline Chavez, Vince Jhanzel Sulit and Ezekiel Godwin Torres in the Creative category; and gold medalist Hernandez in the Robot in Movie event. Earning seven bronze medals were Keith Daniel Dee, Alexis Diane Ngo and Eian David Imperial in the Creativity category; and Rod Walter Magpanta, Josh Matthew Oronce, Jeth Spencer Carlos and Jose Luis Torres in the Robot in Movie category.
They were presented during the ceremonies hosted by private sector lead, Data Science and Technology Corporation, and Philippine Team Olympiad partner, Wyeth Nutrition.
Wyeth Nutrition, an advocate of sparking the spirit of innovation among kids, also conferred its coveted Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovator Special Award to Colegio De San Juan De Letran students Zandra Pauline Chavez, Vince Jhanzel Sulit and Ezekiel Godwin Torres. This citation comes after its recent launch of the nationwide Search for the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovators to help promote and nurture Filipino children’s love for science and passion for innovation.
Wyeth Nutrition Innovations Head Iggy Alvarez shared the importance of keeping the wonder and awe in kids alive, as he cited the role of innovation in nation building.
Meanwhile, Wyeth Nutrition Communications Head Anne Michelle Pador proudly recognized the amazing ability of these kid innovators to make a difference in the field of science and technology, with the combined support of parents, educators, public and private sectors.
Silver medalist and kid innovator Zandra Pauline Chavez spoke on behalf of the Philippine Robotics Team, thanking their parents, schools, the government, coach Melvin Matulac, and the private sector for the delegation’s accomplishments.
“We look forward to reaching greater heights in innovation and win big in the next Olympiad with your support,” she said. “Our country has enormous talents waiting to be tapped and it takes all of us to get more kids and youth to join us.”
A series of activities are set to follow in further empowering the Philippine Team and enjoining other kids and youth and schools to participate.