Thursday, October 25, 2007

ACM ICPC Philippines 2007 Media Release (Updated)

Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP)
Tel./Fax.: (02) 7090907

MEDIA RELEASE. October 22, 2007

ACM ICPC Philippines: 200 participants. 50 Teams.
24 Schools. 6 Problems. 3 Hours. 1 Champion.

Fifty teams from 24 schools competed for the top spot
in the First Philippine National Inter-Collegiate
Programming Competition (ACM ICPC Philippines 2007)
held last Saturday, October 20, 2007 at De La Salle
University – Canlubang Campus
in Laguna.

This event was organized by the Computing Society of
the Philippines (CSP)
in cooperation with the
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The host
school was De La Salle Canlubang and the contest
director was Dr. Rafael Saldaña, immediate past
president of the CSP and ACM ICPC Asia-Manila Site

Each competing team consisted of 3 students. During
the contest, each team tried to outsmart each other in
solving 6 problems in 3 hours using a computer. The
team with the most number of problems solved at the
fastest time won the competition.

The problems ranged from “easy” to “difficult” and
included computer science topics such as data
structures, combinatorics, graph algorithms, and
computational methods.

The top spots at stake were: First Place (Champion),
2nd Place, and 3rd Place. The top team (or teams) will
be given financial assistance (subject to availability
of funds) to participate in the 2007 ACM ICPC
Asia-Singapore regional contest on December 13-14,
2007. In the Singapore Contest, the top teams (usually
3) will qualify to the 2008 ACM ICPC World Finals to
be held in Alberta, Canada in April 2008.

Below are the results of the ACM ICPC Philippines


CHAMPION (1st Place): "U.P. Fighting Morons", University of the
. Members: Marte Raphael Soliza,
Ralph Rainier Pineda, and Reginald Eli
Deinla.Registered Coach: Mr. Eric R. Tambasacan.
(Associate Coach: Dr. Pablo Manalastas). Number of
problems solved: 5, Time: 365 minutes.

SECOND PLACE: "cxxC", Ateneo de Manila University.
Members: James Choa, Wilhansen Li, John Patrick
Manalo. Registered Coach: Dr. Pablo Manalastas.
(Associate Coaches: Mr. Jal de Vera, Mr. Ramon Akie
Mejiea, Mr. Eric Vidal Tan, Dr. John Paul Vergara -
members of coaching team). Number of Problems solved:
3. Time: 148 minutes.

THIRD PLACE: "Heaven", University of the
Philippines-Los Baños
. Members: Jeremiah Pascual,
Reinald Pugoy, Maverick Crisostomo. Coach: Mr. Rainier
Alexis L. Rapera. Number of Problems solved: 3. Time:
151 minutes.

FOURTH PLACE: "Team Automata", Ateneo de Manila
. Members: Ivan John Clement, Jason
Christian Gaguan, Maria Clarisse Ligunas. Number of
problems solved: 3. Time: 196 minutes.

FIFTH PLACE: "Team 43", University of the
. Members: Ralph Justin Arce,
Vanessa Rose Castro, and James Wyson. Number of
problems solved: 3. Time: 234 minutes.

SIXTH PLACE: "DLSU-2", De La Salle University
. Members: Brian Paul Samson, Christian Valeen
Chiu, Jeric Bryle Dy. Number of problems solved: 3.
Time: 291 minutes.

SEVENTH PLACE: "Excessive Output", Ateneo de Manila
. Members: Jejomar Alexis Dimayuga, Thomas
Dy, Danna Songco Aduna. Number of problems solved: 3.
Time: 355 minutes.

EIGHT PLACE: "DLSU-1", De La Salle University
. Members: Jhovee Gerard Yap, Fu Yuen So,
Robert Joseph Carag. Coach: Mr. Danniel Alcantara.
Number of problems solved: 2. Time: 36 minutes.

NINTH PLACE: "Team 45", University of the
Members: John Kristofferson
Sanchez, Wigi Vei Oliveros, Pio Ryan Lumongsod. Number
of problems solved: 2. Time: 51 minutes.

TENTH PLACE: "eTeam", Ateneo de Manila University.
Members: Richard Locsin, Liza Vila, Byron Wang. Number
of problems solved: 2. Time 65 minutes.



1. University of the Philippines-Diliman
2. Ateneo de Manila University
3. University of the Philippines-Los Banos
4. De La Salle University
5. FEU-East Asia College

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
provides college students with opportunities to
interact with students from other universities and to
sharpen and demonstrate their problem-solving,
programming, and teamwork skills. The contest provides
a platform for ACM, industry, and academia to
encourage and focus public attention on the next
generation of computing professionals as they pursue

From thousands of teams competing in regional contests
held from September to December 2007 world-wide,
ninety teams will advance to the World Finals. Awards,
prizes, scholarships, and bragging rights will be at
stake for some of the world's finest university
students of the computing sciences and engineering.

The 2008 ACM-ICPC World Finals will be held April
6-10, 2008, at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in
Alberta, Canada, hosted by the University of Alberta
celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The following are the members of 2007 ACM ICPC
Philippines Board of Judges:

Dr. Rafael Saldaña (Ateneo de Manila University) -
Dr. Henry Adorna (University of the Philippines -
Diliman) - Member
Dr. Eliezer Albacea (University of the Philippines -
Los Baños) - Member
Dr. Jaime Caro (University of the Philippines-Diliman)
- Member
Dr. Caslon Chua (De La Salle University - Manila) -
Dr. Nelson Marcos (De La Salle University - Manila) -
Dr. Raymond Todd Melton (Ateneo de Manila University)
- Member

The schools that participated in the ACM ICPC
Philippines 2007 are as follows (with the
corresponding number of teams):

1. AMA Computer College – Legazpi City (1 team)
2. Asia-Pacific College (2 teams)
3. Ateneo de Davao University ( 1 team)
4. Ateneo de Manila University (7 teams)
5. Ateneo de Naga University (2 teams)
6. Camarines Norte State College (1 team)
7. De La Salle Canlubang (3 teams)
8. De La Salle University – Manila (2 teams)
9. Emilio Aguinaldo College (1 team)
10. FEU-East Asia College (4 teams)
11. Lyceum of Batangas (1 team)
12. Manuel Enverga University Foundation (2 teams)
13. Mapua Institute of Technology (3 teams)
14. MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology (1 team)
15. Naga College Foundation (1 team)
16. Polytechnic University of the Philippines (1 team)
17. San Pedro College of Business Administration (1
18. San Sebastian College (1 team)
19. Technological Institute of the Phils. – Manila (2
20. Technological Institute of the Phils. – Quezon
City (2 teams)
21. University of the Immaculate Conception – Davao (2
22. University of Saint Louis – Tuguegarao (1 team)
23. University of the Philippines – Diliman (6 teams)
24. University of the Philippines - LosBanos (2 teams)

A related activity organized by the CSP was the
seminar on “Best Practices in Computer Programming and
Mentoring Students for National and International
Programming Competitions
” which was held in De La
Salle Canlubang on October 20, 2007. Invited speakers
included: Mr. Allan Espinosa, Mr. Christopher Rigor,
and Dr. Pablo Manalastas – all members of the
Philippine team that has competed in the ACM ICPC
World Finals.

For more information, contact:

ACM ICPC Philippines 2007
Tel./Fax. (02) 7090907
Mobile: 0928-5043121

Or visit the contest website:

or Dr. Saldaña's blog:


Ambo said...

The name is Dr. John Paul Vergara, not John Paul Verga. I think the finger slipped?

Rafael P. Saldaña, Ph.D. said...

Hi, Doc. Thanks for the feedback. I made the correction already. My apologies to John Paul... it was a typographical error (due to 'cut and paste').