Catanduanes Student to Represent Bicol in National Engineering Quiz

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 15 (PNA) -- A civil engineering standout from the newly-created Catanduanes State University (CSU) in Virac, Catanduanes will represent Bicol in the 31st National Civil Engineering Student Quiz to be held at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City on Nov. 22. Roilan Magdaraog, a fifth year CSU Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) student, was chosen to represent the region in the national quiz sponsored by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) after emerging as champion in the annual Regional Civil Engineering Students Quiz recently held at the Camarines Norte State College in Daet, Camarines Norte.

He bested over dozen other contestants from various colleges and universities in the region by garnering 12 points to capture first place. He was followed by the contestants from Camarines Norte State College, 2nd place; and University of Saint Anthony in Iriga City, 3rd place.

The competition was three rounds covering four areas – Mathematics, Surveying and Transportation Engineering, Hydraulics and Geotechnical, Design and Construction.

Magdaraog told the PNA here on Thursday he was an underdog during the first two rounds of the quiz but not until the difficult round came in. In the final heat, he overtook his opponents to occupy the top spot.

Magdaraog gave Catanduanes State University its impressive fifth championship title. Last September, he also placed 3rd in the Luzon-wide PaCEKatan 2012 Civil Engineering Quiz held in Pampanga.

CSU has been a PICE quiz Regional Champion for three consecutive years since 2010 and this latest feat is the school’s 5th since 2004 while it was still the Catanduanes State College (CSC).

CSC, the premier state-owned higher education institution in the island province of Catanduanes established in 1972 was elevated by President Benigno S. Aquino III to its present university status only last October 25. (PNA) LAM/CBD/