PAGADIAN CITY — Math wizard Armarie M. Gasalatan of Balangasan Central Elementary School (BCES) on Wednesday won as the champion in Mathematics in the 31st National Super Quiz Bee (NSQB), Regional Level held at DepEd Teacher's Center, Dao, this city.
Gasalatan, the daughter of proud parents Maj. and Mrs. Arnold Gasalatan was declared champion and bested 8 contestants from different schools in the region who joined the event.
Brian U. Carino of Dapitan City and Gia Aizyleth Luna were declared as 1st and 2nd runner-up, respectively.
Gasalatan said it was a grueling quiz wherein they had to solve problems ranging from easy to difficult.
The Quiz Bee, Gasalatan said consisted of 10 questions: 2 easy, 3 average, and 5 difficult questions read orally by the quiz master. "Binigyan po kami ng 20 seconds/question para sagutin ang mga katanungan," Gasalatan said in Tagalog.
Gasalatan attributed her success to God for giving her wisdom and confidence in answering the questions.
"Nagpapasalamat po ako kay God dahil kung wala siya, hindi ko makakamit ang aking tagumpay at sa aking mga magulang na very supportive sa akin. Palagi silang nasa tabi ko, nandoon sila at nagdarasal kung sasali ako sa mga paligsahan katulad nito. Malaki rin po ang pasalamat ko sa aking coach na si Ms. Rudeline Cael," Gasalatan said.
Gasalatan was awarded with a medal and certificate and will be the official representative of Region IX to the Grand National Finals which will be held on March 20 at the Development Academy of the Philippines Conference Center, East Sungay, Tagaytay City.
Earlier, the 12 -year old wizard was declared champion in the recently concluded MTAP Math Challenge Individual Category (District level) and Team Competition Category (Division level) with Criz Reyshel P. Derama which was held at Teacher's Center on January 15 and February 10, 2011 respectively.
Other winners for Makabayan were : Lea Faith F. Samosa of Zamboanga Sibugay- champion, Kris Lorraine R. Yap, Pagadian City Pilot School - 1st runner up, and Kyle Gio M Oliveros, Zamboanga del Norte - 2nd runner up.
The event was graced with the presence of Eugenio Penales, Chief, Elem. Division, Department of Education, Region IX (PIA9/ZamboSur/Gideon C. Corgue)