For the first time in the history of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), a student from Mindanao was declared champion in the 29th National Civil Engineering Student Quiz last November 25 in Cebu City.
Abbas Sintinani Askari, a fifth year BS Civil Engineering student of the Western Mindanao State University bested 16 other regional representatives nationwide. He represented Region IX after winning in the in-school and regional eliminations.
Askari tied with the contender from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños in the top spot during the Difficult Round. With a discrepancy of 1/3 points, Abbas won over UP-LB’s best at the tie-breaking round.
The unassuming 21-year-old Askari hails from Tawi-Tawi but was born in Sulu. He comes from the Sama Pangutaran tribe of Bonggao.
Accompanying the student contestant was his coach Engr. Salvador Robles, Head of Civil Engineering Department; Engr. Dante J.P. Villareal, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology (CET); and some faculty members.
The contest was conducted during the 36th PICE National Convention which ran from November 25 to 27, 2010. The following Civil Engineers from WMSU attended the event, to wit: Muh. Nur Muhammad, Bobby Amil, Czarina Aquino, Vincent Gemzon, Murphy Mussallam, Omar Mussallam, Omar Turabin, Abdurakib Kaddu, Engr. Moh. Jaiton Halim and Catherine Falcasantos. (Almar E. Villanueva, PAO-WMSU)