The Philippine Robotics team won a gold medal in the 2019 World Robot Games Thailand held at Diamond Hall, Zeer Rangsit, Pathum Thani on 29-31 August 2019.
Comprised of fourteen students and two coaches, the Philippine robotics team from Philippine Yuh Chiau School in Cabatuan, Isabela, arrived in Thailand on 30 August full of excitement and hope.
Hard work came into fruition when Roberto Demarco A. Tan was declared champion in the 1kg SUMOBOT, a sport in which two robots attempt to push each other out of a circle (in a similar fashion to the sport of sumo).
Meanwhile, Ramon Diego Tan, Francesca Bettina Bernabe, Danielle Catherine Liwanag, Lance Reynald Martin Pua, Rafael Yuan Garcia, Marl Jonathan Isidro, and Jaybriel Andrei Uy received the Performance Award.
Additionally, other students got into the Top 10. Albert Inocencio Lesaca landed as the Top 7, while Trishaley Castillo, Jaysherie Alyssa Uy, Crei Kislev Torres, Jasmine Mae Isidro, and Lenrey Stephen Harley Pua landed on Top 8.
The journey to the team’s accolade was not a walk in the park. Coach Mark Robert A. Manalang told Pinoy Legacy that students encountered so many challenges, like time.
“Instead of going home after class to be with their family, they had to go home late in the evening just to make sure all the materials, robots and programs are all complete and functioning.”
Coach Sonie Bautista also revealed that even them as coaches almost gave up. “As a teacher, there are so many responsibilities. Apart from training our robotics team, we have a classroom to take care of, requirements to pass for the competition, and reports that have to be submitted as a job requirement of being a classroom teacher,” she said.
“But I’m glad the students didn’t break. That boosted our morale to continue as well,” Bautista added.
When asked why they joined the competition, Coach Mark was quick to say that it’s nice to learn new skills in robotics technology while having fun. He also shared the team’s aim and that is to develop a large scale of innovation to help our countrymen to showcase the Pinoy made worldwide.
World Robot Games (WRG) is an international robot competition held for the first time in 2015 and is the first international robot competition using the main control board from Thailand.
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