IOI 2017 Reflections

Each year, we ask our IOI participants to write a reflection of their experience so that future Filipino IOI contestants will have an idea what it’s like straight from their peers.

Franz Cesista

Tehran is just like any other developed city, but also is unique in its own way. The city blends sand, cement, and rocks in a nice smooth gradient sprinkled with beautiful landmarks in view form each other. Even the buildings are desert-themed. The people were also very nice, especially Ate Kimia, our guide. Iran is definitely worth a second visit. It’s a fascinating country with a colorful culture; completely different from what I usually hear about it.

During the contest, I felt like I was a hundred meters deep below the ocean. Even though I prepared for months for this competition and tried to meditate that morning, I still felt the immense pressure. My mind couldn’t rest, even for a minute. “You need to solve this subtask or you won’t get a medal” warned half of my brain and “No, you need to chill, I know you can do it” comforted the other half. They then annoyingly continued this bickering ‘til the end of the contest.

The most interesting problem for me would either be Nowruz or The Big Prize. I’m not sure, really. The first problem was basically just about reducing a graph into a tree with a lot of leaves and the second about some kind of randomized binary searching. These insights needed a flash of genius to come up with. In my case, most of them came to me after the contest. Although it would have been better if they came during the contest, finding the solution is a reward in itself. I still have to train a lot to improve my chances in the future.

I also made some international friends during the event. I had lunch one time with contestants from the Nigerian team and we mostly talked about Codeforces and the IOI itself. When I was about to eat breakfast one morning, I noticed that the cafeteria was already packed, so I had came across to sit beside one of the Argentine delegates. I found a new breakfast-mate.

On the bright side, at least I already now have firsthand experience on how it feels to be participate in the IOI. At least, I’ve become aware of which parts aspects of myself need improvement. Hopefully, in the next IOI, I’ll be more prepared and less affected by the pressure.

None of us here in the Philippine Team was born with a keyboard in hand. All of us started with zero knowledge and did our best to be where we are today. We were raised in different familial environments, taught with different curriculums, and have different goals in mind but what bonded us together was our interest in programming and love for problem solving. If you share the interest, start your competitive programming journey and join local competitions such as NOI.PH. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Ganbate!

Kim Tuico

The IOI 2017 that was held in Tehran, Iran gave me a lot of memorable experience that could only occur to events like this. One of these events is when we went to the Opark Complex, a Water Park in Iran. We were thrilled by the park’s slides especially by the free-fall slide. Yet nothing is comparable to the tension I felt when the contest proper had started but as the time passed by, I was slowly making myself comfortable. I think, getting used to a setting like this will help me suit myself to situations similar to this.

This year’s IOI committee did a great job since the competition and the events were well-organized. Aside from learning many things in programming and knowing the culture, places, and cuisine of Iran, all of us that participated in this event created a connection that would last a lifetime, that’s why I am looking forward to next year’s IOI that will be held in Japan.

I would also like to express my gratitude to NOI.PH organizing committee and to the sponsors who supported us in this IOI 2017 journey.

Farrell Wu

As my seventh and last international scientific olympiad, the IOI 2017, and everything leading up to it, was a truly rewarding experience. NOI.PH and the IOI provided me an opportunity to learn coding and algorithmic thinking. More importantly, it gave me the chance to explore something new, learning for the sake of improving myself and pursuing my passions, instead of merely inertia and fulfilling expectations.

By far, my favorite part of the IOI was the competition itself. Getting into competitive programming during Grade 11 from a mathematical olympiad background, I was in for something different. Unlike the IMO, it is not enough at the IOI to have good ideas: I had to implement them. Getting the correct idea is only 10% of the way there.

The IOI gave me a glimpse into the “engineering” side of STEM. Unlike pure scientific problem solving, the IOI rewards the mindset “if it works, it works.” In fact, the code that pushed me above the medal boundary was a naïve brute force, making me hesitate because I felt it was “ugly” and “suboptimal”. Trial and error were also integral – due to the full feedback format, I could make 25 attempts before finally solving a problem.

That said, there is more to the IOI than the two contest days. The numerous excursions allowed me to explore a different side of Iran, which I would never have seen otherwise. Discussing with fellow contestants, I realized that the problem-solving thought process extends across scientific disciplines, encouraging me to never stop exploring.

Robin Yu

I was initially reluctant to attend this IOI — there were conflicts with the schedule of this and my university, and people around me had thus heavily discouraged my participation — but I decided to go anyway, and I am glad I did so. The places and people I got to encounter were far removed from the predominant impression one would get from western media. I am grateful to have had the experience to visit a different country, with its unfamiliar language and culture. The excursions and programs were relatively well-organized and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

The first day of the contest went as expected; I was quite surprised with my result, as I had ended within the gold medal boundary, and there was significant pressure to fight to remain there. Thus panic started settling in on the second day, when I realized that the problems were not immediately approachable. I had gone two hours in without solving anything, and the stress snowballed and made it difficult for me to focus. My sub-optimal performance on the second day was definitely regretful — I was one key insight away from gold — but at the end of the day, I believe I had done my best.

I hope that someone will carry on the torch and finish what we have started. My experiences in IOI have revealed that winning gold is really not that far-fetched for the Philippines. Anyone with enough dedication has a good shot at it. Indeed, I had started in 2014 knowing nothing more than the most basic programming; I recall clearly solving the problem of sorting three pairs of points with 100 lines of code, considering all possible cases, compared to now where I can do that with less than 5. I hope that my story can serve as an inspiration to those who may want to get into this field.

Of course, none of this would have happened without the generosity of our sponsors. On behalf of the entire 2017 Philippine delegation, I would like to thank them for having supported us all the way. I hope they will continue to support the future generation of Philippine competitive programmers, as we look towards the years to come.


Philippine Teams to the 2017 International Science Olympiads

Thanks to Dr. Richard Eden of the IMO Organizing Team, we have managed to round up (hopefully all) the Philippine Teams to the 2017’s International Science Olympiads. Click the image below to zoom it in or scroll down for the text version. Did we miss an olympiad? Let us know by sending an email to [email protected]

Philippine Teams to 2017 International Science Olympiads

49th International Chemistry Olympiad

Date: 6 – 15 July 2017
Venue: Nakhon Pathom, THAILAND

This is the first time that the Philippines participated.



58th International Mathematical Olympiad

Date: 12 – 23 July 2017
Venue: Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

This is the first time that all six members of a Philippine Team won IMO medals.
Country Rank: 17th out of 111 countries


  • CLYDE WESLEY ANG – Bronze Medal
  • KYLE PATRICK DULAY – Silver Medal
  • ALBERT JOHN PATUPAT – Silver Medal
  • SHAQUILLE WYAN QUE – Bronze Medal
  • SEAN ANDERSON TY – Bronze Medal
  • FARRELL ELDRIAN WU – Silver Medal

48th International Physics Olympiad

Date: 16 – 24 July 2017
Venue: Yogyakarta, INDONESIA


  • MIKHAIL ANGEL TORIO – Honourable Mention

29th International Olympiad in Informatics

Date: 28 July 2017 – 4 August 2017
Venue: Tehran, IRAN

This is the first IOI Silver Medal for the Philippines.


  • FARRELL ELDRIAN WU – Bronze Medal

14th International Geography Olympiad

Date: 2 – 8 August 2017
Venue: Belgrade, SERBIA



11th International Earth Science Olympiad

Date: 22 – 29 August 2017
Venue: Côte d’Azur, FRANCE



PH team bags first silver medal at the International Olympiad in Informatics

The International Olympiad in Informatics 2017, the programming equivalent of the olympics, recently concluded this 4 August 2017. Medals in the IOI signify great honor as there are only a limited number given away each year. Each country can send at most four participants to compete in this annual olympiad. Hence, a maximum of four medals can be won by a country each year. This 2017, the Philippines brought home two.

The prestigious contest was held in the Kooh e Noor building in Tehran, Iran. Eighty-eight countries sent their delegations to this event. The Philippine delegation consisted of

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accompanied by Philippine Science Eastern Visayas Coach Cary Von Alano.

Despite the lack of adequate institutional support and a constant shortage of funds, the Philippines has improved its overall ranking. 2017 is the first year that the total score of the Philippine team is in the upper half of the board. Moreover, this is the first year where the Philippines scored more than one medal. This is also the first year where the Philippines is taking home a silver medal, an impressive feat considering the fact that this is the Philippines’ third year of sending participants to the IOI.

The Contest

The contest proper was spread out into two days. For each contest day, three tasks, algorithmic in nature, are given and the contestants have five hours to score as many points as they can. To serve as breathers, excursion days are scheduled after each of the contest days. These excursions serve as a way for the contestants to unwind, discover the cultural diversity in Iran, and gain new friendships.

Both IOI veterans of the Philippine delegation were able to score medals this year. Robin Christopher Yu (Grade 12) obtained a total score of 322.03 points out of a maximum possible of 600, 100 of which came from completely solving the wiring task of Day 1. The cut-off score for a silver medal is 249.42 points, thus Robin brings home the Philippines’ first IOI silver medal with a lot of points to spare. Farrell Eldrian Wu (Grade 12), obtained a total of 144.99, netting the country its third bronze medal.

These achievements would have not been obtained by their students without hardwork and perseverance. Robin first joined NOI.PH in 2014 and has consistently trained ever since. Farrell first joined NOI.PH in 2016, trained tirelessly as well, and managed his time to train for both the IMO and the IOI.

Other members of the Philippine delegation scored remarkably well despite it being their first time. Franz Louis Cesista (Grade 11), the first Visayan student to be part of the Philippine delegation, scored a total of 87.75 points. Meanwhile, Kim Bryann Tuico (Grade 10), scored a total of 64.65 points.

Team Selection

The selection of the Philippine team of the IOI starts as early as January 2017. High school students all around the country like Robin, Farrell, Franz and Kim, registered as early as September 2016 for the 2017 NOI.PH Online Round. The top 30 of this online round were then invited to the 2017 NOI.PH Onsite Round held in Pointwest. The next step of the selection involved the top ten being officially invited to a weekly online training. The trainees needed to read and solve and submit problems assigned by the scientific committee every week. This weekly online training concluded with an In-House training held in Tagaytay, which involved joining the TOKI Indonesian contest, and a contest-style final exam given by the scientific committee. The performance of the students were exclusively determined by their performance starting from the NOI.PH Onsite Round.

For interested students

Students who are interested in trying out competitive programming are encouraged to leave their email here so that they can be promptly informed of important announcements as soon at the registration for NOI.PH 2018 is open. First-timers are recommended

  • to request access to the discord server by emailing [email protected] with their name, grade level, and school
  • to read the (soon-to-be finished) series of articles: Your First NOI Problem
  • to read and understand the (soon-to-be polished) PDFs of week0, week1, week2, week3, week4 of last year’s weekly training
  • to gather courage and email [email protected] if they need help in understanding and/or following any of the above recommendations

Intermediate-level participants are recommended to read the rest of the weekly training PDFs — week5, week6, week7, week8, week9.


None of what happened this year would have been possible without our sponsors. The NOI.PH Organizing Team would like to express its gratitude to its sponsors for the help in sending the Philippine delegation to the IOI 2017. In particular, we would like to thank

Our champion sponsors

  • CustomThread, through their CEO, Mr. Erik Sy, with the assistance of Ms. Deegee Moreno and Shiela Rivera
  • D&L, through their CEO, Mr. Alvin Lao

Our silver sponsors

  • Thinking Machines, through their CEO, Ms. Stef Sy
  • Xurpas

Our private donors

  • Mr. Jojy Azurin
  • Mr. Wilson Chua
  • our GavaGives contributors

We would also like to thank

  • the Iranian embassy, especially Mr. Alex Alib for the assistance in processing the visa
  • Senator Bam Aquino’s office, for assisting in Team Leader Kevin Atienza’s visa concerns
  • the IOI 2017 for organizing the entire event

Finally, we would like to thank the parents for their unending support and appreciation of the efforts of the organizing team and their support and recognition of the hardwork of their passionate children.

Featured Photos

The Philippine team


We made a stopover at a very nice AirBnB in Bangkok.


After more than 24 hours of travelling, we finally reach Iran!


The Philippine team is introduced in the opening ceremonies.


The Philippine team is shown on the screen stage left (not pictured).


Round 1 starts. Franz looks at the screen and types out the solution to one of the problems.


The Pokemon Robin brings represents the correct solutions to the tasks. Because he wants to catch them all.


After Round 1, participants unwind by going to an excursion to experience the beauty of Tehran.


ASEAN leaders pose for a photo during one of the General Assemblies.


Round 2 starts. Kim starts coding the solution to one of the tasks.


Farrell solves on paper before typing. His penguin makes sure the computer is still working.


Farrell is recognized on stage with other bronze medalists.


Robin is called on stage with other silver medalists.


The Philippine team poses in front of a Philippine flag just outside the closing ceremony hall.


Along with the others, Robin went to the Winners’ Closet after the closing ceremonies.


Dinner with one of the grandmothers of the very hospitable Iranian guides.


Bringing home the bacon. And by bacon, we mean medals, certificates and memories.


Someone snapped a photo of the team from behind, giving a good view of the logos of our generous sponsors.

Other Photos

More photos in this link.

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Two Filipino students bag bronze in Indonesian programming competition

NOI.PH Finalists joined the Tim Olimpiade Komputer Indonesia (TOKI) Open 2017 during the NOI.PH In-House training held last 10 – 12 May 2017. TOKI is Indonesia’s version of NOI.PH and its format is very similar to the IOI.

Farrell Eldrian Wu and Dan Alden Baterisna both bagged bronze in the contest; the former scored 234 points and the latter scored 125.

Among the other Filipino participants were Franz Louis Cesista, Alexander Go, Andrew Ting, and Kim Bryann Tuico.

The official scoreboard is available here.

2017 IOI Team

(also posted on our Facebook Like Page)

The following students will be going to Tehran, Iran this 28 July to 4 August 2017 to represent the Philippines in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2017):

Farrell Eldrian Wu
Grade 12
MGC New Life Christian Academy

Kim Bryann Tuico
Grade 10
Manila Science High School

Franz Louis Cesista
Grade 11
Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus

Robin Yu
Grade 12
Xavier School

Know anyone who should join next year? Tell them about NOI.PH! Go to or email [email protected] to find out how! Also, like this page for updates.

2017 Singapore NOI

On March 18, 2017, the 6-member Philippine team to the 20th Singapore National Olympiad in Informatics hosted by the NUS School of Computing at the National University of Singapore all received medals.


Robin Yu (Xavier School) led the ranks taking home a GOLD, and placing 5th overall and 3rd among foreign competitors.

Andrew Ting (Xavier School), clutched a SILVER, together with Farrell Eldrian Wu (MGC New Life Christian Academy).

Franz Louis Cesista (Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus), Ron Mikhael Surara (Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus), and Kim Bryann Tuico (Manila Science High School), were all awarded BRONZE medals.

Sven Sorupia (Philippine Science High School Main Campus) joined the team as an unofficial competitor.

Kicked-off with a briefing at the COM 1 Auditorium that was filled to the brim with hundreds of competitors, these students representing the Philippines spent the day battling wits against their peers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Gold and silver medalists at the Singapore NOI are given Special Consideration in Admissions into NUS.


From Mr. Alex Ting


We congratulate everyone who were part of this event, especially those who won medals and honorable mentions.

We profusely thank our hosts led by its Chair, Prof Dr Sun Teck Tan, and Vice Chair Dr Steven Halim, and the rest of the organizing committee, for enabling the team from the Philippines to partake in this momentous and historical event.

We further recognize the parents and teachers who joined the delegation including Mr Reginald Yu, Mr Alex Ting, Mrs Leonora Ting, Mr Frankie Wu, Mr Von Alano, Mr Ron Surara, Mrs Tintin Surara, Mr John Rainer Joaquin, Mr Romer Abella, and Mr Edge Angeles.

We also thank Mr Payton Yao and Mr Wilson Chua for being our on-ground leads and coordinators in Singapore.

Team Philippines to the 20th Singapore National Olympiad in Informatics were carefully selected from the NOI.PH 2017 Finalists.

May this inspire more Filipinos, especially the youth, to rise up to the challenge in making our country, the ASEAN region, and the world an even better place.

To know more about NOI.PH and be able to represent the country in various competitions, just navigate around this website. Feel free to message the Facebook page or send an email to [email protected].

2017 National Finals

The NOI.PH 2017 National Finals was held in Pointwest Innovations Corporation in Quezon City last 18 – 19 February 2017. It consisted of two rounds on-site, each of which consisted of four problems. 30 students participated in the event, including one observer.

NOI.PH Finals Round 1

Almost all our participants didn’t forget about Dre because they managed to attempt Bits By Dr Dre. Almost all our participants managed to score points on the first subtask. However, only Farrell Wu managed to solve the problem completely. Results were better with regards to Betty’s Bitter Batter Bother because a third of the finalists beat its most difficult subtask and managed to butter up their scores with an extra hundred points. More than half of the finalists managed to solve five out of the eight subtasks in The Chenes of The Chorva. Robin Yu was the only finalist to have been able to solve the sixth subtask. Those who were able to answer had their score go pataasPataas nang pataas. Finally, only two participants – Robin and Farrell – managed to score in Bisayaka Grid.

NOI.PH Finals Round 2

About half of the participants were krazy enough to solve the first subtask of Krazy Karl, giving them 20 points. About a third of the participants were krazier since they solved the second subtask as well, netting an extra 25 points. The kraziest of them all was Robin Yu who solved all subtasks, which gave him a total of 100 points. Two-thirds of the finalists could collectively say “We did it!” since they managed to complete all subtasks of Gora the Explorer. Surely, no one would be able to swipe away the 100 points they obtained from doing so. Exactly six finalists were able to score points in Kapuluan ng Kalayaan. The six finalists to solve it were (in no particular order apart from alphabetical) – Andrew Ting, Gab Samonte, Jay Lopez, Leloy Cesista, Miko Surara, Robin Yu. They were the only six who were able to score points on the said problem and all of them got full points. The final problem in the list, Heavy Metal Wall Decoration, proved to be too heavy for the finalists to handle as no one even dared to submit code for it.

Photo Gallery

Special thanks to Hanna Palo for the photos!

Scoreboard for NOI.PH 2017 National Finals

Final Message

Congratulations to all the winners of the National Olympiad in Informatics – Philippines 2017 Finals!

The organizing committee would like to thank our host, Pointwest Innovations Corporation, for their generous support in providing the venue and infrastructure to hold the event. Special thanks to Ms. Beng Coronel, Ms. Veck Basinang, Mr. Sherwin Pelayo, and the infrastructure and IT security teams of Pointwest for accommodating us and helping us throughout the event.

We would also like to thank our volunteers from the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines, as well as our testers, and ushers for helping out.

Lastly, we thank all the coaches, parents, and students for their participation and hard work and for making this event a success. We hope for your continued support as we move to the selection of our delegation to the International Olympiad in Informatics in July.

2017 National Eliminations

The NOI.PH 2017 National Eliminations started on 6PM of 13 January 2017 and finished on 11:59PM of 22 January 2017. It consisted of fifteen problems of varying difficulty.

The Participants

Among the 217 registrants, 153 participated in the 222-hour online competition. The participants came from 27 different schools from all over the country. Moreover, each of the main regions of the Philippines were represented.

Luzon (43) | Visayas (26) | Mindanao (30) | NCR (53) | abroad (1)

Even at a young age, students are already interested in competitive programming. Majority of the participants came from the junior high school. Almost a third of the participants came from our kuyas and ates in senior high school! These participants have made the wise choice of joining programming competitions early as this will give them an edge in their college applications and in their careers in the future.

Grade 7 (5) | Grade 8 (17) | Grade 9 (39) | Grade 10 (44) | Grade 11 (40) | Grade 12 (8)

The Problems

Here are some select facts regarding the elimination round.

Within the first hour of the contest

  • A total of 28 participants were able to get full points on Pak Ganern.
  • Half of those participants would then be able to get full points on Copy Pasta.
  • Robin Yu and Justine Romero solved Mutual Friendzone.
  • Robin Yu was able to finish a third of the problems of the elimination round.

By the end of the first day

  • A total of 78 participants were able to get full points on Pak Ganern.
  • A total of 35 participants were able to get full points on Copy Pasta.
  • Two participants – Farrel Wu and Robin Yu – were able to get full points on Another Packing Problem.
  • Three participants – Miko Surara, Jay Lopez and Robin Yu – were able to get full points on Ati-atihan Dance Party.
  • Five participants – Leloy Cesista, Robin Yu, Dan Baterisna, Justine Romero, Jay Lopez- were able to get full points on Mutual Friendzone.

By the end of the first weekend

  • Dan Baterisna solved Goodboy before any of the other contestants.
  • Sven Sorupia solved The Ultimate Rescue before any of the other contestants.
  • Farrell Wu solved Tinikling 2: The Sequel 2 before any of the other contestants.
  • Robin Yu solved FlipTopSort and will be the only one to solve it for the entire duration of the contest.
  • Four participants – CJ Quines, Dan Baterisna, Leloy Cesista and Robin Yu – were able to solve Hidden Pepe.
  • Five participants – Gab Samonte, Robin Yu, Miko Surara, Leloy Cesista and Jay Lopez – were able to score full points on Cargo Train to Busan.
  • Five participants – Andrew Ting, Alex Go, Leloy Cesista, Robin Yu and Sven Sorupia – were able to score full points on The Ultimate Rescue.
  • 129 participants were able to score full points on Pak Ganern.

By the end of the contest

  • A total of 5015 codes were submitted.
  • Only one participant – Robin Yu – was able to solve Dick and a Box.
  • Two participants – Leloy Cesista and Robin Yu – were able to solve Lolo Generoso.
  • Two participants – Dan Baterisna and Robin Yu – were able to solve A Tale of Two Tribes.
  • Two participants – Robin Yu and Jay Lopez – were able to solve The Cheapest Reid.

Here is the chart detailing the number of participants who got a perfect score of 100 in the fifteen problems. In other words, a chart showing how many participants had codes that were marked Accepted by the judge for that problem.

A: Pak Ganern (145)
B: Copy Pasta (119)
C: Ati-atihan Dance Party (14)
D: Cargo Train to Busan (18)
E: Mutual Friendzone (36)
F: Another Packing Problem (4)
G: Hidden Pepe (11)
H: The Cheapest Reid (2)
I: Goodboy (11)
J: Tinikling 2: The Sequel 2 (13)
K: FlipTop Sort (1)
L: Lolo Generoso (2)
M: The Ultimate Rescue (22)
N: A Tale of Two Tribes (2)
O: Dick and a Box (1)

Below is a table detailing the distribution of the judge responses to the 5015 codes submitted.

ProblemAcceptedWrong AnswerTerminated due to timeoutSegmentation FaultProcessedAbort CalledCompilation errorFloating Point ExceptionRuntime Error
Pak Ganern154000940000
Copy Pasta12669902101111226
Ati-atihan Dance Party141693323101012024
Cargo Train to Busan191396321012027
Mutual Friendzone40248159220105437
Another Packing Problem4613198200261532
Hidden Pepe130001480000
The Cheapest Reid40002440000
Tinikling 2: The Sequel 214614423109818
FlipTop Sort1000720000
Lolo Generoso20001090000
The Ultimate Rescue220004010000
A Tale of Two Tribes29636702207
Dick and a Box15015000002

Problems with custom checkers only give the judgement Accepted or Processed.

Scoreboard for NOI.PH 2017 National Eliminations


Final Round Qualifiers of NOI.PH 2017

In no particular order, here is the list of students who qualify for the NOI.PH 2017 Final Round.

  • Jed Arcilla (Grade 9)
    Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus
    Coach: John Rainer Joaquin
  • Dan Alden Baterisna (Grade 9)
    Colegio San Agustin – Makati
  • Al Christian Mabute (Grade 9)
    Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus
    Coach: John Rainer Joaquin
  • Rae Gabriel Samonte (Grade 9)
    Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus
    Coach: John Rainer Joaquin
  • Ron Mikhael Surara (Grade 9)
    Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus
    Coach: John Rainer Joaquin
  • Kirby Ezra Chua (Grade 10)
    Xavier School San Juan
  • John Barnett Gaano (Grade 10)
    Manila Science High School
    Coach: Romer M. Abella
  • Jacob Bryan Gaba (Grade 10)
    Manila Science High School
  • Zachary Lopez (Grade 10)
    International School of Manila
  • Hans Filomeno Olaño (Grade 10)
    Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus
    Coach: John Rainer Joaquin
  • Ian Vincent Palabasan (Grade 10)
    Rizal National Science High School
  • Kim Bryann Tuico (Grade 10)
    Manila Science High School
    Coach: Romer M. Abella
  • Ian Angelo Aragoza (Grade 11)
    Philippine Science High School – Central Luzon Campus
    Coach: Jan Michael Ibanez
  • Jayson Arollado (Grade 11)
    Xavier School
  • Ryan Roi Cayas (Grade 11)
    Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus
  • Franz Louis Cesista (Grade 11)
    Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus
    Coach: Cary Von Alano
  • Kyle Patrick Dulay (Grade 11)
    Philippine Science High School – Main Campus
  • Alexander Go (Grade 11)
    Xavier School
  • Joaquin Jose Lopez (Grade 11)
    Philippine Science High School – Main Campus
    Coach: Edge Angeles
  • Shaquille Wyan Que (Grade 11)
    Grace Christian College
  • Carl Joshua Quines (Grade 11)
    Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science
    Coach: Ruel Dogma
  • Justine Che Romero (Grade 11)
    Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus
    Coach: John Ranier Joaquin
  • King Arthur Santos (Grade 11)
    Philippine Science High School – Central Luzon Campus
    Coach: Jan Michael Ramos Ibañez
  • Sven Sorupia (Grade 11)
    Philippine Science High School – Main Campus
    Coach: Edge Angeles
  • Andrew Ting (Grade 11)
    Xavier School
  • Tiffany Chong (Grade 12)
    Saint Andrew’s Junior College
  • Sedrick Scott Keh (Grade 12)
    Xavier School
  • Gerard Francis Ortega (Grade 12)
    Ateneo de Manila Senior High School
    Coach: Marion Olmillo
  • Farrell Eldrian Wu (Grade 12)
    MGC New Life Christian Academy
  • Robin Christopher Yu (Grade 12)
    Xavier School

They will all advance to the Finals round in February, a step to qualify them for the Philippine team to the International Olympiad in Informatics 2017 (IOI 2017) in Tehran, Iran!

For the finalists, please regularly check this website, your email and the Facebook like page for announcements.

All codes/submissions have been audited, and all scores/rankings are final.

Score in NOI.PH and Get a Chance to Win a Free Copy of TIS-100

Get a chance to win a free copy of TIS-100 by scoring as many points as you can in the NOI.PH 2017 Eliminations Round. We’re giving away 12 free copies, and the more points you score, the higher the chance of winning! Not yet registered? There’s still time: join here!


  1. Only fully registered contestants in the NOI.PH 2017 Eliminations Round (“the contest”) who are qualified to participate in the IOI 2017 are eligible for the raffle.
  2. Each point scored during the NOI.PH 2017 Eliminations Round corresponds to a single raffle “ticket”.
  3. At the end of the the contest, 12 digital copies of the Steam game TIS-100 will be distributed by raffle to participants, with probability directly proportional to their final points (i.e. “tickets”).
  4. Raffle winner selection is determined through a virtual raffle at the end of the contest. In particular, winners are selected by sampling (without replacement) 12 of the participants with probabilities corresponding to the fraction of their points to the total points of all participants.
  5. Winners will be announced after audit of scores and finalization of the leaderboard.
  6. Prizes will be given to the winners’ registered emails.

Pointwest Brainstorms With Organizers For 2017 Nationals

Last 28 December 2016, members of the NOI.PH Organizing Committee Payton Yao and Tim Dumol met with Mr. Sherwin Pelayo, head of Pointwest Labs & Digital Capability Development. They discussed preparations for the National Olympiad in Informatics Philippines (NOI.PH) onsite finals next year. The meeting followed the generous invitation of Pointwest Technologies Corporation, through their leader Ms. Beng Coronel, to host the venue for the finals of the official qualifiers to the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). The IOI is the most prestigious programming competition for high school students all over the world. Winners of the NOI.PH qualifiers will represent the country to the IOI in July.

The team brainstormed with Sherwin, Mr. Bong Camba, and Rene Canlas – Infrastructure and Security Leads of Pointwest – to finetune preparations and ensure a smooth and seamless NOI.PH Finals, now on its third year.

The National Olympiad in Informatics onsite finals will be on 18 – 19 February 2017 at Pointwest’s UP-Ayala Technohub offices. Students who garner the top 30 scores at the online eliminations to be held from 13 – 22 January 2017 will be invited to the onsite finals. Registration for the online eliminations are ongoing as of today.