In the most recent Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers National Student Congress (PIIE NSC), UPLB 4th and 5th year students stand victorious, as they won third place in the national inter-university quiz contest held at Mapua Institute of Technology, Intramuros, last February 7, 2015. Leianne Casupang, Jhon Carlo Esmas, Mark Lester Teodoro, fifth year IE students, and 4th year students Renzo Robert Manalo and Erick Louise Sioson together with their coach Engr. Angelo Ani bagged the national award after spending weeks of late-night trainings.
A sweet start. (From left to right) Vicente Co (PIIE President), Engr. Angelo Ani (UPLB faculty and team coach), Jhon Carlo Esmas, Renzo Robert Manalo, Leianne Casupang, Erick Louise Sioson , Mark Lester Teodoro, Engr. Kathleen Lee (UPLB faculty), Jerry Lim (PIIE NSC adviser).
The UPLB students grabbed third when they and the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) nearly tied but with the latter claiming the second place. At the end of the competition, De La Salle University prevailed and seized the trophy. The match had been profound and breathtaking that even weeks after the event, UPLB student participants haven’t forgotten the tension and privilege they felt during the hours they sat in the contest hall.
“I had to say it was a great start [for] this semester,” wrote Manalo when asked about the PIIE NSC though they only ranked third of the country’s best. This one-day event was attended by 37 universities nationwide and was jam-packed not only with the Quiz Contest and the Mr. And Ms. PIIE pageant but also with Congress Talks, led by experts and leader students, aligned to the theme “Leadership Empowerment towards Nation Building”. JP Peñol, National Youth Commissioner, and Elisier Fantillo, Consultant and Subject Matter Expert in Kaizen Management Systems, Inc., led the Congress Talks sharing their experiences and tips to the audience. In addition, IE students from different universities, Peter John Gamboa, Julie Anne Tañas, and Elyzza Marie De Gala, including our very own Gabriel John De Leon (PIIE NSC President), also imparted inspiration and wisdom in the segment SMART Ideas.
UPLB participants really proved to be consistent as they also won third place in the PIIE Regional Student Congress, held at the DL Umali Auditorium, UPLB last January 17, 2015, prior to the PIIE NSC Quizcon. However, the 4th year participants aim to snatch the top place in the next year’s PIIE NSC.