WITH sheer determination and 130 points in the Final round, the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) made history by winning its fourth consecutive championship in the 28th Pautakan: The 28th Intercollegiate Quiz Contest last Feb. 26 at the Medicine Auditorium.

Asian Studies junior and Artlets team member Jann Suaberon said the team was more determined to win as the other squads were all set to prevent Artlets from snagging a fourth straight victory.

“Pakiramdam namin lahat ng grupo gusto kaming talunin kaya mas ginusto naming manalo,” he said.

The College of Commerce placed second with 100 points, while the Faculty of Engineering (Engineering) edged out the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (Medicine) for the third place in a tie-breaker round.

AB-BS Education junior Kathlyn Sta. Maria, meanwhile, topped the individual category with 135 points, while Accountancy junior Smith Lim placed second with 75 points.

Chemistry junior Jalil Avila of the College of Science (Science) was third after a neck-and-neck clincher round with Education senior Ma. Carolyn Buen. Avila got three correct answers against Buen’s two right answers.

Commerce team captain Bernard Joseph Tumaru, a Business Administration senior, said placing second in the Varsitarian-organized quiz contest was a much awaited “victory.”

“We have not won any Pautakan championship and with the team placing fourth last year, we prepared and hoped for the gold,” he said. “With the silver this year, at least all our efforts were compensated.”

Meanwhile, Engineering team member Kevin Cruz, a Civil Engineering junior, said the team, which placed second last year, was not disappointed at finishing third this year.

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“It was okay because we knew we lacked preparations,” he said. “And we’ll try that our mistakes will not be repeated next year.

Artlets now has a total of six championships in team category and is tied with Medicine, Engineering, and Science for the most number of first-place finishes. Ma. Cristina S. Lavapie

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