7 schools face-off in Battle of the Brains in Bacolod

The Negros Island-wide Battle of the Brains competition will kick off in Bacolod City with seven schools facing-off in the semi-finals round at 2:00 pm today at the Negros Occidental High School.

The regional science contest which is open to junior and senior high school students will determine who will represent Bacolod in the finals on September 5 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

Trivia questions related to this year’s theme, “Renewable Energy for a Brighter Future” will tackle issues on renewable energy, environment, biodiversity, climate change issues and policies and current events related to the topics.

35 Negros schools – including two universities, five colleges, and 28 high schools, six of which specialize in science education – and their corresponding teams have registered for this year’s Battle of the Brains, up from last year’s 18 schools.

Other semi-final rounds are slated on August 9 in Bago City, Kabankalan on August 11, Dumaguete City on August 15, and Bais on August 17.

Winners in the semi-final round will get P3,000 in cash and will advance to the Grand Finals where they stand to win the much-coveted Positive Energy Battle of the Brains trophy and P30,000 in cash.

The BOTB is a project of Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and is being organized with the assistance of DRINK Editorial and Design, a communications agency based in Metro Manila.  This is the second year that Lopez-led EDC has organized the quiz bee. Last year, Bago City College was hailed as champion.

Judges are Rey Malleza from the Department of Energy, Rodney Galicha and Jessica Wu from Climate Reality PH, Dr. Pacencia Milan who is the former President of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment and Dean of the Visayas State University, and Norreen Bautista, Vicente Omandam and Rene Bolo of EDC.

EDC, through the Positive Energy campaign, has actively engaged the Negros youth in the promotion of clean and renewable energy. Together, EDC and its youth champions aim to secure a brighter, carbon-positive future for Negros and the Philippines as a whole.

EDC is the world’s largest vertically integrated geothermal company and the only diversified renewable energy firm in the country.  The company has been powering infinite possibilities in Negros Oriental for 35 years now by harnessing geothermal energy, the only form of RE that can provide sustainable power 24 hours a day, rain or shine, all year round.

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