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Philippine team scores big in the 20th Singapore Informatics Olympiad


By Wilson Chua

The six-member Philippine team all won medals in the 20th Singapore National Olympiad in Informatics.  The Philippine team joined several years of tough competitions before reaching yesterday’s milestone.  The past competitions enabled the team to earn experience and learn – leading to yesterday’s success. This is the first time our Philippine team won a Gold.

The Philippine team pitted their wits against top teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. More information may be found here.


Winning Team

Robin Yu from Xavier School took home a GOLD. He placed 5th overall and 3rd among foreign competitors. Andrew Ting, Xavier School and Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy won silvers.

Bronze winners include Franz Louis Cesista from the Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas Campus, Ron Mikhael Surara from the Philippine Science High School Bicol Region Campus, and Kim Bryann Tuico from the Manila Science High School.


Gold and silver medalists at the Singapore NOI are given Special Consideration in Admissions into National University of Singapore. Parents with smart kids should check this out. NUS is a top rated school. Quacquarelli Symonds rated it 1st in Asia and 12th in the world. Times Higher Education World University rankings rated NUS 1st in Asia and 24th worldwide.

Gracious Singaporean Hosts

The Philippine team thanks their gracious Singaporean hosts led by its Chair, Prof Dr Sun Teck Tan, and Vice Chair Dr Steven Halim. The NUS School of Computing hosted the event.


Major supporters include the Department of Information and Communications Technology – DICT and the Science Education Institute – Department of Science and Technology.

The parents and teachers in the delegation boosted the spirits of the team. They  include Mr Reginald Yu, Mr Alex Ting, Mrs Leonora Ting, Mr Frankie Wu, Mr Von Alano, Mr Ron Surara, Mrs Tintin Surara, Mr Romer Abella, and Mr Edge Angeles.  Mr Payton Yao and Mr Wilson Chua (the author) provided on-ground leads and coordination in Singapore.

NOI Founder’s Message

“Once again, thank you very much, and may this inspire more Filipinos, especially the youth, to rise up to the challenge in making our country, the ASEAN region, and the world an even better place” – Martin Gomez.

Background to NOI

The Finalists of the 2017 NOI.PH – National Olympiad in Informatics Philippines  represented the country in the Singaporean NOI competition.  To join, support or learn more please visit or email

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  • DanteCatalino Garcia

    Dito lang magaling ang Philippines. Winning medal in contests like this. I have yet to see this kind of achievement translated into something that will improve the lives of our countrymen.

    • Wilson Chua

      Dante, that is one of the goals of NOI — to filter down the experience and insights into the rest of the academe.

      Right now PSIA survey shows that 52% of IT grads are not hire-able. Joining contest such as these provides the platform to diffuse advance algorithms and technics to the rest of the student body. Hopefully, the end result is better skilled IT grad pool. More jobs for grads. Better and more qualified staff for businesses.

      It will take time though. And your help is needed to help promote the awareness of these competition. It encourages more investment in IT.