Bulakenyo bags silver medal at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad in France

Arthur Reiner Ventura De Belen, (center) from mountainous town of Doña Remedios Trinidad in Bulacan has bagged the silver medal in 51st International Chemistry Olympiad (iChO) held in Paris, France from July 21-30, 2019. (Photo from the FB Page of Rustico De Belen)

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Three of the four Philippine delegates to the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad (iChO) in Paris, France were recognized for their talents in the field of science.

Arthur Reiner Ventura De Belen, a graduating student from the Philippine Science High School main campus in Diliman Quezon City and a resident of the mountainous town of Doña Remedios Trinidad in this province has just bagged the silver medal in the said international Olympiad competitions that was held on July 21-30 this year.

His father, Rustico De Belen, former Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources officer of the Provincial Government of Bulacan, has just confirmed to RONDA Balita Online News that the younger de Belen together with Israel Mina Aguba, Julius de la Rosa Macling and Michael Cole M. Tantoco who are all student from the Philippine Science High School represented the Philippines in the said international competition.

Besides the silver medal of de Belen, the iChO website said Aguba got a bronze medal while Macling was included in the honorable mention.

The proud father said that “ this is the third time the Philippines has sent delegates to the most difficult science Olympiad.”

“A total of 85 countries with four delegates each participated in the said event,” the elder de Belen said.

He also added “As emphasized in the program, chemistry is a natural science that studies the matter and its transformations, thus making science together. It’s key to human progress and environmental preservation.”

Arthur has just “enjoyed his last competition in high school representing our country,” his father proudly said.

On the other hand, Jean-Michel Blanquer, France’s Minister of Education, said in his message “The development of science as a whole, and of chemistry in particular, is an essential step in the technological and social progress of humanity and in the protection and the future of our planet. That is why I place my faith in the younger generation of scientists who, I know, will rise to the challenges of the 21st century, and lead the ecological transition and digital revolution that will ensure a more balanced world.”

He added that 300 and more IChO candidates, from eighty countries on five continents, will “make science together”. As well as chemistry connects a variety of scientific fields, such an event also helps to sustain the international scientific community and to build new partnerships that go beyond borders. (RONDA Balita Online News)


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