BATANGAS CITY – Batangas State University, The Philippines’ National Engineering University has once again made their mark on international stage as a team of BS Petroleum Engineering students raised our Philippine Flag higher with their achievements at the prestigious Integrated Petroleum Festival (IPFEST) 2023 Smart Competition held in Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia on February 24.
Led by their coach, Engr. Miguel Paulo B. Abas, Team Barrack Oil composed of Nick Audrei R. Manila, Selwyn M. Medrano, and Rhyan Antonio G. Evea emerged as champions, while the Team Trioil and Error consisted of John Carlo Doria, Marcus Gabriel A. Gutierrez, and Russel Vincent V. Manalo, respectively, clinched the 1st runner-up spot. Conquering the four stages of the competition including : Online Preliminary stage, Elimination stage, Semi Final, and Grand Final, the teams defeated several institutions from across Southeast Asia including teams from Indonesia and Algeria, which makes their victory even more astounding.
“We are incredibly proud of our Red Spartans for their outstanding achievement at IPFEST 2023. We hope this victory inspires them to follow their passion and strive for excellence in their respective disciplines. Their achievement, which brought glory and pride to the country, serves as an inspiration to the entire Red Spartan community,” Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, the University president of BatStateU-The NEU remarked.
This victory of BatStateU-The NEU students is a testimony to their unrelenting tenacity, extraordinary talent, and exceptional teamwork as well as to their capacity to raise the bar for the future of petroleum engineers. It once again proved its leading position in engineering education by providing quality education to produce top-notch petroleum engineering graduates who are future-ready and well-equipped to take on challenges in the world.
Bearing the theme “Understanding the A to Z of Oil and Gas as A Strategy For Energy Transition,” this year’s Smart Competition is one of the main event of IPFEST 2023 which challenged the brightest minds from various universities across Southeast Asia to showcase their knowledge in the oil and gas industries by answering questions in a rally system and delivering their answers quickly and precisely.