The Rotarians with the GDO Champions: students from Chiang Kai Shek College
SISFU is the pioneer of transnational education in the Philippines. Internationally recognised degrees and diplomas are awarded by our foreign partners in the UK and Australia. Every year, Southville holds an annual competition in search for students who either earns a 50% or a 100% scholarship.
Members of the Rotary Club of Makati Salcedo. (L-R): Greg Navarro (PP), Chairman Fer Martinez, Adelaida Deterio, Richie Martinez (PP), Dr. Rhoderick Santos (PP), Present President Dennise Trajano, Johnmark Ong, Pabs Abayari (PP), Angelito Dizon (PP) and Engr. Teddy Tong (Incoming President)
Last November 2013, SISFU in partnership with The Rotary Club of Makati Salcedo hosted the 14th Global Dimensions Olympiad (GDO) – Search for the SISFU Scholars. Graduating high school students from all over Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog and Northern Luzon flocked to Southville to compete for the final round of the GDO. Seven schools qualified for the final round and they prepped themselves up throughout the Christmas season for the finals, which took place last February 8th.
Southville Scholars with The Rotary Club of Makati Salcedo. (L-R): Allicen Beredo, Hannah Go, Kaye Nicolas, Greg Navarro (PP), Present President Dennise Trajano, Johnmark Ong, Pabs Abayari (PP), Angelito Dizon (PP), Engr. Teddy Tong (Incoming President), Casey Esguerra, Regine Saga, Jhorycel Fernandez, Sam Maliksi, Pam Almero, Angela Amante, Janelle Ongkingco, Neil Nacar, Jipo Aliño, Jeuel Venturina, Von Aliño, Jasred Bargan, Ayrton Tornito and GJ Khouri.
Unlike the first leg of the GDO event, the final round was not exam based; it was a series of questions and answers in front of the audience with a panel of judges. Greg Navarro, the past president of The Rotary Club of Makati Salcedo emceed the event and he asked various questions from politics to geometry and everything in between. The questions got harder and harder as they went on, but many of the intellectual participants seemed to answer with ease.
Once the main part of the question and answer segment was done, the event moved on to a more fun round where the high school teachers got to compete in a round of general knowledge questions. Students in the audience rooted for their teachers and sometimes, when the teachers struggled for the answer, they were able to call upon their students to proxy for them.
GDO Participants competing for the cash prize
The overall vibe of the event wasn’t that of a fighting competition. Everyone cheered each other on and showed great encouragement to those that were on the stage. It was rather like watching a live TV game show!
Congratulations to all schools that participated in the GDO finals! Coming in 1st place, students participating from Chiang Kai Shek College were awarded a 100% scholarship grant and a 20K cash price was given to the school. Following Chiang Kai Shek were the runners up:
2nd place: Manila Science High School – 50% scholarship grant and a 15K cash prize.
3rd place: Senator Renato Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School – 50% scholarship grant and a 10K cash prize.
4th place: St. Stephen’s High School – 50% scholarship grant and a 5K cash prize.
5th place: Parañaque National High School – 50% scholarship grant and a 3K cash prize.
6th place: Stonyhurst Southville International School – Batangas – 50% scholarship grant and a 2K cash prize.
7th place: Pasig Science High School – 50% scholarship grant and a 1K cash prize.
The scholarship grantees who are future students of SISFU could earn the following undergraduate degrees/diplomas:
University of Chester (UK)
BA (Hons) Business Management
BA (Hons) Business Management and Entrepreneurship
BA (Hons) Marketing
BA (Hons) Computer Science
International College of Hotel Management (Australia)
Bachelor of Business Hospitality Management
Higher National Diploma in Culinary Arts
For graduate courses, SISFU offers University of Chester’s Master in Business Administration.