May 16, 2016, 11:29p.m. –  IT WAS “clutch city” for the Faculty of Engineering after securing back-to-back wins in the individual and group categories of the 2016 Pautakan intercollegiate quiz contest earlier today at the Medicine Auditorium.

Engineering was trailing UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy in both categories. But it surprised the crowd with come-from-behind victories, overtaking Accountancy in the final questions.

Engineering snatched the group championship, scoring 240 points, from Accountancy which scored 230.

The Faculty of Pharmacy slowly but surely secured a podium finish with 175 points, outsmarting the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) by only five points. The College of Commerce and Business Administration settled for fifth place.

“We tried to cover everything kasi yung training namin is dapat alam ng lahat ng topics. As much as possible, lahat ng pwedeng itanong, dapat i-prepare namin,” Engineering team captain Lois Idyl Ronquillo said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

Ronquillo bagged first place in the individual category, ousting defending champion Arvee Gomez of Artlets in her own turf with 115 points.

Accountancy representative Joseph Aranzaso ended at second place in the individual category with 110 points, while Gomez settled for third place in her graduating year with 105 points.

The College of Education and Conservatory of Music placed fourth and fifth respectively.

“Swertihan na lang po sa tanong. Our goal as much as possible is wala kaming blanko,” Ronquillo added, after the students from Fr. Roque Ruaño, O.P. Building defeated 12 other participating teams.

The panel of veteran resource persons was composed of Jose Ramon Lorenzo (General Information), Oliva Koh (Physical Science), Selwyn Clyde Alojipan (Natural Science), J. Neil Garcia (Humanities), Jerome Ong (General History), Jose Victor Torres (History) and Anita Ong (Mathematics).

UST’s UAAP Season 78 courtside reporter Angelique Manto and former MYX VJ Chino Lui Pio hosted this year’s Pautakan.

The 39th installment of the Varsitarian’s Pautakan, the oldest intercollegiate quiz contest in the country, had a Star Wars theme. K. J. V. Baylon and R. A. D.R. Narra


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