UB dominates YMCA academic olympics





The University of Baguio (UB) dominated this year’s YMCA Academic Olympics and Literary Arts competition held at the YMCA Function Hall on Sept. 21-22, pocketing seven championship medals.


Outperforming all the other participating colleges and universities from Baguio and Benguet, the following UB students slugged their way out to bag top awards:


Quiz Bee – Champion:                                  

Leo Mar B. Ellema (STE)

Arvince Dylan I. Tabamo (SBAA)

Carl Angelo C. Payoyo (SIT)


Oratorical Speech – Champion:

Kate Laureen P. Yodong (SLAHS)


Extemporaneous Speech – Champion:                     

Yvonnie E. Smith (SLAHS)


On-the-Spot Drawing – Champion:  

John Derick R. Dasugo (SEA)


Vocal (Solo) – Champion:                             

Christopher Jay M. Maiquez (SLAHS)


Vocal (Duet) – Champion:                            

John Carlo M. Quitiquit (SIHTM)

Justine S. Romero (STE)


Folk Dance – Champion:                               

Rizabele M. Manalang (SITHM)

Winfaye Anne E. Rufino (SIHTM)

Shamira C. Sobati (STE)

Christian A. Bautista (SIHTM)

Carlos R. Doctolero III (SIHTM)

Ronald B. Rivera (SIHTM)


Essay Writing – 1st Runner-Up:

Ma. Suzanne D. Estoque (STE)




The team will compete in the regional level in November.


The annual event – organized by the Young Men’s Christian Association-Baguio – is aimed at “providing a venue where students’ talents and skills can be developed.” It also seeks to “give the students the opportunity to share their experiences and understanding on current issues of national relevance.”


The activity had the theme “Breaking Barriers: Strengthening Partnership for Transformation.”


Meanwhile, the University emerged victorious in yet another feat as it finished as first runner-up during the first ever Baguio City Charter Academic Festival at the Baguio City Hall on Sept. 19.


 Yvonnie Smith (SLAHS), who also topped the YMCA extemporaneous speech competition, represented the University.


With the theme "Steadfast Service to the City," the Academic Olympics was held as part of the city’s 104th Charter Day celebration.




The UB team with the participants from other schools



UB's Yvonnie Smith (right) with Councilor Elmer Datuin