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GMA praises 2 Filipino students for winning top spots in Asean Quiz

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo poses with Retchell Suratos Catambay (left) and Glorian Saavedra Concepcion (third from left), the first and second-place winners in the ASEAN Quiz individual competition held last October 3 in Bangkok, during their courtesy call in Malacañang October 8. The winning students’ academic adviser Vic Agbayani (second from right), assistant Nancy Castillo (right) and Catambay’s parents Julian and Mary Catambay (not in photo) accompanied the two to Malacañang. (Malacañang Photo)

Manila, Oct. 8 (PND) - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today praised the two Filipina champions of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Quiz, saying she hopes the two will be among the future experts of the region.

During the ASEAN Quiz finals in Bangkok, Thailand last October 3, 2002, Retchell Suratos Catambay, a fourth year student of St. Albert the Great School in Dagupan City, won first place in the individual competitions of the ASEAN Quiz Regional Finals while Glorian Saavedra Concepcion, who is in her senior year at the Zamboanga National High School, placed second in the individual competition.

Catambay was awarded $500 as champion while Concepcion got $400 as second placer. Concepcion also got part of the $1,500 as member of the Blue Team that bagged the first prize in the group competition.

The two bested all (Individual Level) participants from ASEAN, with two contestants from each country.

"This is a great day for the Philippines," the President told the two during their meeting.

She also encouraged the two to enter the Philippine Foreign Service in the future.

"So, you’re now our ASEAN experts," the President added.

The President asked the two on the categories used in the contest. Among the fields adopted in the regional test which the two answered were ASEAN treaties and declarations, ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), Asean Regional Forum (ARF), Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines- East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and the ASEAN Summit Meetings.

The two were accompanied to Malacañang by their academic adviser, Vic Agbayani, and Catambay’s parents, Julian and Mary Catambay.

The ASEAN Quiz is a project of the Asean Committee on Culture and Information and is implemented in cooperation with the 10 ASEAN member-countries.

It is a competition on knowledge of ASEAN among fourth year students of both public and private high schools. Its aim is to elicit the spirit of healthy competition among ASEAN youth in a friendly quiz game that exposes them to ASEAN cultural, political, economic and social information.

Through ASEAN Quiz, it is envisioned that the ASEAN youth will be more aware of the organization and its member-countries.

The Philippine leg of the ASEAN Quiz was held at the NBN Studio in Quezon City last August 5 and 6 and was televised nationwide on August 7, ASEAN Day.

The National Finals, which were organized by the Office of the Press Secretary in coordination with the Department of Education and the Department of Foreign Affairs, brought together 28 contestants representing different regions in the Philippines. (Presidential News Desk)

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