THE PHILIPPINE BIOLOGY OLYMPIAD 2019

Ateneo de Manila University

THE

Philippine
Biology
Olympiad


The Philippine Biology Olympiad (PBO) is the country's premier biology competition for students of grades 7 to 12 and serves as the venue for selection of the country's representatives to the annual International Biology Olympiad (IBO). The Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) has endorsed the Department of Biology of the Ateneo de Manila University and the Ateneo Biological Organization - eXplore. eXperience. eXcel (BOx) as the official organizers of the PBO.

Known as the Ateneo BioCamp from 2012 to 2017, the competition has enabled students to participate in events such as seminars, forums, laboratory workshops, a quiz bee, and an amazing race. All of these activities aim to enhance the students' interest, passion, and skills in the biological sciences; increase awareness on issues in biology, particularly biodiversity; and promote camaraderie among young biologists in the making. Now on its second year as the Philippine Biology Olympiad, the event will again select the four best performing participants and will declare them as the OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PHILIPPINES TO THE IBO.

What is Sisid?

SISID, the theme of PBO 2019, is the Filipino word for diving and going deep. It means exploring the unknown and reaching greater depth. Now that the Philippine Biology Olympiad has launched into the international scene on its first year, the competition aims to go deeper and explore greater potential this year. Sisid symbolizes taking risks, going to places where no one has gone before, and trying things that no one has tried– a concept very common in the scientific community, and a concept that the Philippine Biology Olympiad 2019 will be embracing.

THE
COMPETITION

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Quiz Bee

This activity aims to test the participants’ knowledge and understanding of the concepts in biology through a competition that promotes teamwork, integrity, and academic intelligence. This competition will test the participants’ mastery of the topics not only through questions that would ask specific facts and concepts; but also through theoretical tasks that will require them to apply their understanding of the topics.

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Laboratory Skills

The Laboratory Skills Competition is a three-round competition category that aims to test the laboratory skills of the students, and assess their capabilities to solve biological problems using the necessary skills. It will be one of the categories that will be the basis of being selected as a member of the team that will represent the Philippines in the International Biology Olympiad.

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Breakout Sessions

This activity series aims to assemble the participants for independent group discussions and team-building dynamics in order to foster camaraderie among the like-minded student leaders of the Philippines. The teams, with their respective TnMs, will be randomly assigned into clusters of teams. The activities for the session may vary as it could involve the topics discussed by key speakers or the encompassing Philippine biodiversity and the theme of the current PBO.

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Amazing Race

This activity aims to evaluate the participants’ grasp of biological skills and techniques, and their ability to solve biological problems. In addition, this competition will require teamwork, time management, and critical thinking. The Amazing Race will be awarded separately and will not affect the teams’ standing in the overall competition.

The Philippine Biology Olympiad 2019

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On its second year, the Philippine Biology Olympiad (PBO) made a solid dive and struck gold.

Aptly named SISID, the second Olympiad went deeper into its advocacy of biology education, appreciation, and excellence after testing the waters with the first, ALPAS, last year. The 2018 PBO went on to produce a silver medal, a bronze medal, and a merit citation from the 29th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Iran. This year, 368 students (forming 184 teams of two) from 97 schools responded to the call and participated in the two-day festivities held in the Ateneo de Manila University campus from 23 to 24 February 2019.

The event was formally opened during a ceremony at the Hyundai Hall in the Areté, where Dr. Luis Dumlao, Dean of the John Gokongwei School of Management and Officer-In-Charge of the Office of the Vice President for the Loyola Schools, gave the welcome remarks. Afterward, the 97 schools were introduced. Two of the schools were able to participate via the “Sponsor a School” program; Tabaco National High School and Laguna Senior High School were sponsored by alumni of the BS Biology and BS Life Sciences programs.

PBO 2019 Winners

Laboratory Skills

Champion

First Runner-up

Second Runner-up

Jean Ray Dominic Dela Peña

Samuel Drury Wood

Keizo Matthew Yuda

Quiz Bee

Champion

First Runner-up

Second Runner-up

Jeremy Ace Ng

Rey Vladimir Marasigan

Gene Rendell Aquino

Overall

Champion

First Runner-up

Second Runner-up

Stefan Marcus Ong and Jeremy Ace Ng

St. Jude Catholic School

Arnold Christopher Soriano and Samuel Drury Wood

Regional Science High School III

Gene Rendell Aquino and Elizabeth Rae Peralta

Philippine Science High School - Ilocos Region Campus

INTERNATIONAL BIOLOGY OLYMPIAD DELEGATES OF THE PHILIPPINES

Jeremey Ace Ng

Saint Jude Catholic School

Samuel Drury Wood

Regional Science High School III

Elizabeth Peralta

Philippine Science High School - Ilocos Region Campus

Keizo Matthew Yuda

Manila Science High School

CONTACT US

Philippine Biology Olympiad 2019: Sisid
Ateneo de Manila University – Biology Department
Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, 1108 Metro Manila
Tel No.: (+632) 426-6001 loc. 5610
Fax No.: (+632) 426-1034
Cellphone No.: +63 945 134 5308