by RONALYN BANAKEN
The UB team is the only team from the region to compete in the congress
Competing against some of the country’s biggest schools, the University of Baguio (UB) showcased its prowess in medical technology in the 5th National Annual Medical Technology Students’ Congress held at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City on Feb. 22, landing at the second spot.
UB’s Bianca Camille de Gracia, Manison Payay, and Esther Ruth Tada secured the second place in the oral research presentation for their study “Cadmium, Lead and Mercury in the Body Parts of Tilapia and Water from Ambuklao Dam, Benguet, Philippines” with Dr. Marilou Saong as their research adviser. UB was the only university from the region to join the nationwide event.
UB shares the second-place win with Wesleyan University-Philippines.
“Initially, research entries from all over the nation were collected. They were then screened. Thankfully, UB qualified as a finalist. And then we went on to win second place. It’s a feat to be proud of,” said Mark Alben Ponciano, adviser of the UB Chapter of the Philippine Society of Medical Technology Students (PHISMETS).
“The win tells of the kind of education that we provide our students, and that is education that is at par with national and even international standards,” he added.
UB qualified as a finalist in the same category in last year’s congress.
The event also included a sing-and-dance competition wherein UB’s Anjoshua Sabado, Josiah David Lauraya, Teddy Bag-ay, Shannen Kaye Gonzales, Hannah Biniahan and Nizza Joy Cadwising showcased street hip-hop moves with a dash of the Panagbenga Festival, bringing in a frenzy vibe. Likewise, Danica Bianca Barcebal sang “Throughout the Years,” a song she wrote for the PASMETH Hymn Writing Competition.
Meanwhile, Patrick Piñon and Aricka Candie Basto charmed the audience with their flair and wits during the Mr. and Ms. PHISMETS National 2014.
A seminar on “Promoting Medical Technology Students’ Culture and Sensitivity” was also held.
Organized by PHISMETS and the Philippine Association of Schools of Medical Technology and Public Health (PASMETH) Inc., the activity was attended by around 1500 medical technology students from 40 schools – 39 from Luzon and one from Mindanao – in the country.