5 schools advance to EDC’s Battle of the Brains grand finals

OUT of 45 schools that participated in the Negros Island Battle of the Brains (BOTB) quiz bee, five schools will face-off during the grand finals on September 5 at Robinson’s Place, Dumaguete City.

The five that made it to the grand finals are the following:

* Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial National HS in Cadiz City representing Bacolod and Northern Negros Occidental area

* Ramon Torres Malingin National High School-Atipuluan Extension in Bago City for Central Negros

* Southland College in Kabankalan City for Southern Negros area

* Negros Oriental High School

* Bais City National High School

Now on its second year and following the theme “Renewable Energy for a Brighter Future,” the pair of contestants from each school tackled trivia questions on renewable energy, the environment, biodiversity, climate change issues and policies, and current events related to these topics.

These same topics have, at one time or another, been featured in the Positive Energy Facebook page.

According to Energy Development Corporation (EDC) Corporate Communications Officer Frances Ariola, through this contest, participants and audiences alike learned about the benefits of renewable energy, and its importance to the country.

“It is hoped that this will inspire the Negros youth to attempt to live more sustainably, and to teach and influence others to do the same,” said Ariola.

Winning teams each won P3,000 cash prize and will have a chance to win the much-coveted Positive Energy Battle of the Brains trophy and a P30,000 cash prize at the grand finals. They will also get to meet and greet TV star Robi Domingo, the special guest at the BOTB grand finals.

Last year’s champion came from Bago National High School.

EDC, through the Positive Energy campaign, has actively engaged the Negros youth in the promotion of clean and renewable energy.

Together, EDC and its youth champions aim to secure a brighter, carbon-positive future for Negros and the Philippines as a whole.

EDC is the world's largest vertically integrated geothermal company and the only diversified renewable energy firm in the country.

Ariola said the company has been powering infinite possibilities in Negros Oriental for 35 years now by harnessing geothermal energy, the only form of RE that can provide sustainable power 24 hours a day, rain or shine, all year round. (PIA)