January 17, 2016, 6:17p.m. – THE UNIVERSITY dominated the first-ever Philippine Programming Challenge, with a team of Institute of Information and Computing Sciences (IICS) students bagging the top prize.

Seniors Manrick Capotolan, John Chester Martinez, Joshua Francis Roman, Rochelle Marie Ciriaco, Kyle Anthony Martin, Darlo Miguel Ilagan, Jann Skyler Teng, Frances Anne Barroga, Julian Allen Valondo and Gabriel Angelo Sandoval outwitted students from six other schools in the programming competition. 

“[This victory] will be a motivation for the [IICS] to be involved in more competions and activities outside the school,” Ciriaco told the Varsitarian.

In the competition, contestants took an authentification exam using PROXOR, a programming evaluation tool by Gurango software that was used in the competition. Each team was scored by averaging its member’s individual PROXOR ratings. 

“Ang galing ng ginawa [ng UST]. Medyo malayo sila sa ibang mga winners,” said Monchito Ibrahim, deputy executive director of the Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communication Technology Office (DOST-ICTO).

The DOST-ICTO and the Philippine Software Industry Association, an organization that promotes the development of the software industry in the country, endorsed the competition.

Asia-Pacific College placed second followed by the Technological Institute of the Philippines at third place. The competition was held last November, but the results were announced only last Jan. 16. Kathryn V. Baylon


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