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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.


Participating Schools

Angeles University Foundation - Integrated School
Asian College-Quezon City
Assumption Antipolo
Assumption College San Lorenzo Makati
Ateneo de Iloilo
Ateneo de Naga University
Bansud National High School - Regional Science High School
Bataan Christian School
Brainshire Science School
Canossa Academy Calamba
Caritas Don Bosco School
Caterina and Giuditta Cittadini School
Cavite Institute Elisea School of Creative Learning
CCF Life Academy Foundation Incorporated
Centro Escolar Integrated School - Malolos
Cherished Moments School
Child's Place Developmentally Appropriate Program School
Chinese International School Manila
City of Mandaluyong Science High School
Colegio San Agustin - Bacolod
College of Saint Anthony
Congressional Integrated High School
Davao Chong Hua High School
De La Salle Lipa
De La Salle University- Dasmarinas
De La Salle Zobel School
Don Bosco College
EDNAS School of Alaminos
EDNAS School of Dagupan
EDNAS School of San Carlos
FEU Alabang
Golden Faith Academy
Holy Cross of Matanao, Inc.
Immaculate Conception School of Baliuag
Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy
Jean-Baptiste of Reims College
Jubilee Christian Academy
Kingfisher School of Business and Finance
Lagro High School
Laguna BelAir Science School
Laguna Senior High School
La Salle College Antipolo
Mabini Colleges, Inc.
Malayan High School of Science
Manila Science High School
Manila Tytana Colleges
Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School
Marikina Science High School
Merry Sunshine Montessori School
MGC New Life Christian Academy
Miraculous Medal School
Nazareth School of National University
Operation Brotherhood Montessori Center - Angeles Campus
Operation Brotherhood Montessori Center - Fairview Campus
Operation Brotherhood Montessori Center - Greenhills Campus
Operation Brotherhood Montessori Center - Las Pinas Campus
Pasig City Science High School
Pasig Green Pasture Christian School
Philippine Science High School - Cagayan Valley Campus
Philippine Science High School - CALABARZON Region Campus
Philippine Science High School-Central Luzon Campus
Philippine Science High School - Eastern Visayas Campus
Philippine Science High School- Ilocos Region Campus
Philippine Science High School - Main Campus
Philippine Science High School-Soccsksargen Region Campus
Philippine Science High School - Western Visayas Campus
Philippine Science High School Bicol Region Campus
Philippine Science High School CAR Campus
Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School
Regional Science High School III
Saint Jude Catholic School
Saint Maria Goretti School of San Pedro
Saint Pedro Poveda College
San Agustin Stand Alone Senior High School
San Beda University-Rizal
Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School
Servite School Inc.
Sisters of Mary of Banneux, Inc.
Sisters of Mary School - Adlas, Inc.
Sophia School, Inc.
South Mansfield College
St. Joseph College- Olongapo, Inc.
St. Peter the Apostle School
St. Scholastica's Academy - Tabunok
Statefields School, Inc.
STI College - Makati
Tabaco National High School
Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila
Technological Institute of the Philippines - Quezon City
The Little Farm House Holistic Education & Development Center
Unida Christian Colleges
University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos
University of San Carlos Senior High North School
University of the East Manila
UST Angelicum College
Westfields International School

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Event Schedule


Official PBO Merchandise


Php 250 PBO Shirts

Php 200 Enamel Pins

Php 250 Tote Bags


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.


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.


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.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where will the event be held?

The Philippine Biology Olympiad 2019: Sisid will be held on February 23-24, 2019. All activities will be held inside the Ateneo de Manila University campus.

Are walk-ins to the event allowed?

No. Only those who have registered online and paid the registration fee can attend and participate in PBO 2019: Sisid.

What are the mechanics/guidelines for each event?

If you have registered and paid the registration fee for the event, please refer to the Event Mechanics document in the Confirmation Kit sent through email to the coaches.

Will observers be allowed for the event?

Observers will not be allowed during the event. Only one (1) coach may accompany the representing team/s (one or two) of the school.

Do we need to book accommodations for this event? Do we need to be in-campus for the entire two days of the event, or are the students allowed to go home?

The PBO organizing committees do not require the schools' representatives (participants and coaches) to arrange accommodations. Although, we do suggest that the schools' representatives should arrange accommodations for their convenience, ESPECIALLY IF they come from areas far from Quezon City, or from areas that are affected by heavy traffic.

We would like to avail of accommodations. Who can we coordinate with?

If you have registered and paid the registration fee for the event, please refer to the accommodations brochure in the Confirmation Kit sent through email to the coaches. You may ask us for further questions, but you (the participating school, and/or its participants) will be responsible for contacting, booking, and payment of the dormitories or hotels.

What do we need to bring for the PBO?

Each student is advised to bring their own water jug, needed medications, and a set of extra clothes as there may be a possibility of spills in activities, and some activities would require a lot of movement. Each student must also bring their own writing materials and are advised to bring coloring materials (refer to Section 3.1.2 of the Poster Making Mechanics in the Event Mechanics document for the list of allowed coloring materials).

What attire should be worn by the participants on both days?

Since this event will comprise of physical activities as well, we will require you to wear your school’s PE uniform on the first day, then the official PBO participant shirt on the second day, along with pants, and closed shoes (preferably sneakers or rubber shoes) for both days. The official PBO 2018 ID must be worn at all times during the event.

When will we be able to receive the shirts and other materials?

The materials inclusive of the fee (an ID for the coach and each of the participants, and a kit for each participant containing a PBO shirt, sling bag, primer, and lab gown) will be given upon your team’s registration on the first day.

Will the scores garnered in the Amazing Race affect the overall score of the team?

No. The amazing race is considered as a culminating event only. Therefore, the scores garnered in the amazing race will not affect the team's overall score and will not be considered as a factor for determining the winners for this event.


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