By Kristine Ann Fernandez
SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY CHEMISTRY department served as one of the eight schools nationwide which hosted the 3rd National Children’s On-The- Spot Poster Making Contest final eliminations last Feb. 14.
Twenty students from 11 elementary schools in Negros Oriental participated in the competition with the theme “A better life with Chemistry”. The said contest by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Society aims to highlight children’s view of chemistry’s role in everyday life.
The top three finalists of the said competition are Deanne Araula from Dauin Central School, Aubrey Lebelo from St. Paul University Dumaguete, and Airyll Teves from Amlan Central Elementary School. Their works will then be matched with the other finalists from the rest of the host universities.
Each finalist received P2,000 from the following sponsors: Dow Chemical Company, Chemrez Technologies, Boysen, Shell, and Philippine Institute for Pure and Applied Chemistry.
“Chemistry is considered as the central science. Everything has a chemistry root. Almost all facets in or lives has chemistry like food production, medicine, and the environment,” said Prof. Melchor Cerdania, organizer of the event.
The national winners will be announced on April 10 as a kickstarter of this year’s Philippine Chemistry Congress which will be held for the first time in Silliman University.