/ 11 March 2023

PETROLEUM Engineering students of the Batangas State University made their mark on the international stage as they bagged awards at the Integrated Petroleum Festival 2023 Smart Competition held in Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia last month.

Team Barrack Oil composed of Nick Audrei Manila, Selwyn Medrano and Rhyan Antonio Evea were the champions in the competition after defeating several institutions from across Southeast Asia including groups from Indonesia and Algeria.

On the other hand, Team Trioil and Error consisting of John Carlo Doria, Marcus Gabriel Gutierrez and Russel Vincent Manalo clinched the 1st runner-up spot.

“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,” BatStateU President Dr. Tirso Ronquillo said.

Engr. Miguel Paulo Abas served as coach for the students.

With 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 events of IPFEST 2023.

It aims to challenge 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.