The International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) is the world’s most prestigious computer science competition for high school students. This year, it was held in Kazan, Russia from August 12 to August 19.
Pitted against 324 of the world’s best high school programmers from 88 different countries, Robin Yu of 12A emerged victorious and was awarded a bronze medal in the recently concluded event.
Other delegates from the Philippines were Farrell Eldrian Wu from MGC New Life Christian Academy, Ian Palabasan from Rizal National Science High School, and Maded Batara III from Philippine Science High School. The team was accompanied by team leader Kevin Atienza and Deputy Team Leader Payton Yao.
This is the second time that the Philippines has sent a delegation to the IOI. Last year, Robin also represented the country and won a bronze medal.
The national team sent to the IOI was chosen from the pool of top competitors at the National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI), where Robin was awarded first place among hundreds of participants across the country.
“Practicing for the contest was not easy. It was a continued effort I had to maintain throughout the year,” said Robin. “Luckily, I found it fun and interesting, which is, in my belief, what allowed me to sustain the effort and arrive at where I am now.”
“There is something really inexplicable about the feeling of representing your country. On one hand, I felt proud to be among the best of the best; however, naturally, nervousness cannot be helped. Of course, there is also the comforting feeling that I had done the best I could leading up to the competition, and that I had practiced as much as I was able to. In the end, I was just happy to be there, and glad that my efforts were not in vain.”
The team’s victory was featured in an article by GMA News Online.