Accountancy, Artlets dethrone Eng’g in 40th Pautakan

The UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy bagged first place in the group category of the 40th Pautakan quiz contest. Photo by Jamillah N. Sta. Rosa

THE UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy secured its third championship title in the group category of the 40th edition of Pautakan, the oldest inter-collegiate quiz contest in the country, defeating the Faculty of Engineering.


Leading midway in the difficult level during the finals of the group category, Accountancy went head to head with Engineering and Artlets, finishing with a total of 235 points.

“[Naisip namin sa final round na] kailangan [lang] namin makasagot kasi gusto namin manalo. Na-frustrate kami sa ibang questions kasi may doubts,” Accountancy team captain Hannah Isabel Guzman told the Varsitarian.

Engineering (210 points) and Artlets (160 points) came in second and third, respectively.

The Conservatory of Music secured fourth place with 125 points while the Faculty of Pharmacy finished fifth with 110 points.

Accountancy first took home the championship in 2010 and secured its second victory in 2014.

Engineering, which won in the group and individual categories last year, still has the most Pautakan championship titles with 11, followed by Artlets with eight victories.

The Faculty of Arts and Letters emerged victorious in the individual category, also dethroning Engineering.

Photo by Maria Charisse Ann G. Refuerzo

Artlets August Botrous Gusco took home the championship in the individual category after a nail-biting clincher and sudden-death round with opponent Joseph Mari Aranzanso of Accountancy.

Gusco and Aranzanso failed to answer five out six questions in the clincher. But their tie was broken in the sudden-death round after Gusco nailed a UST history question, finishing with 192 points.

“Huminga na lang ako ng malalim, tapos noong [nabigay na ‘yung tanong], sabi ko [sa sarili ko na] ‘hindi ko na ‘to pwedeng mamali kasi lagi ko to namamali nung previous na tinatanong sa akin,” he said.

“Ang habol ko lang [nung una] is makapasok sa top five,” he added.

Aranzanso finished second with 191 points, while Reginald Pasao of Engineering finished third with 185 points.

The College of Commerce and Business Administration placed fourth with 120 points while Music settled for fifth with 110 points.

The veteran resource persons for this year’s Pautakan were Jose Ramon Lorenzo (General Information), Oliva Kho (Physical Science), Selwyn Clyde Alojipan (Natural Science), J. Neil Garcia (Humanities), Jerome Ong (General History), Jose Victor Torres (UST History) and Anita Ong (Mathematics).

UST’s UAAP Season 78 and 79 courtside reporter Angelique Manto and Magic 89.9 DJ Sam YG hosted the quiz contest.

The 40th installment of the Varsitarian’s Pautakan had a Marvel versus DC superheroes theme.


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