It is another remarkable conquest for the Filipino kids who ventured to take the challenge, this time not in mathematics but in the Philippines’ second participation- the 2008 Rio TINTO Big Science Competition held on June 28, 2008 under the supervision of the Mathematics Trainers’ Guild, Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). The said competition encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills. It combines science with information technology to encourage young science-minded students to explore and engage in science education. It also creates opportunities for contestants to discover the relevance of science in our world.This year’s results made a good number of Filipino high schoolers stand out to emerge as recipients of the high distinction and distinction awards. The impressive performance of these high school students led to get hold of eighteen certificates of High Distinction and fifty four certificates of Distinction. The significant increase of awardees in this year’s Rio TINTO Big Science Competition indicates that our students are positive in taking the challenge of this contest.The following students receive the Certificates of High Distinction for having been in the top 2%.Year 7Alba, Arvin Wilson- Philippine Science High School-MainChan, Janssen Lawrence-Saint Jude Catholic SchoolCo, Adrian Raphael -Xavier SchoolLao, Carmela Antoinette -Saint Jude Catholic SchoolMolion, Michael Steven -Philippine Science High School -ArgaoPo, Leonard Benedict -Bethany Christian SchoolJoanna Santelices- Philippine Science High School-MainYear 8Ayroso, Elvis Jeremy -Philippine Science High School-MainCo, Faustine -Grace Christian High SchoolDe la Fuente, Sarah Patricia -Saint Paul College, PasigDy, Kenn Carlson -Lanao Chung Hua High SchoolHolaysan, Sed Anderson-Bethany Christian School-Cebu CityKu, Raphael Lesmond -Xavier SchoolLimsiy, Goldielyn -Grace Christian High SchoolTan, Marquis Alexandre Sio -Xavier SchoolVirata, Aeron Jason -Aquinas University of Legazpi Science H.S.Year 9Sy, Jann Adriel -Xavier SchoolUy, Caitlin Joyce -Chiang Kai Shek CollegeThe following Awardees and recipients of the Certificates of Distinction are:Year 7Chan, Bryan Casper-Grace Christian High SchoolCo, Kenneth-Philippine Science High School-MainGoy, Neil Jordan Chua-Grace Christian High SchoolMeguizo, Kyle Justin-Saint Jude Catholic SchoolPitero, Gerlyn Joy-Aquinas University of Legazpi Science H.S.Rosal, Thomas Abraham-Xavier SchoolRica, Ariel Raye-Philippine Science High School-ArgaoSaavedra, Cathlyna Eden -Zamboanga Chong Hua High SchoolTan, Nicholas-Xavier SchoolTieng, James Gregory-Xavier SchoolWong, Sarah Jessica-Philippine Institute of Quezon CityYap, Jeremy Vance-Grace Christian High SchoolYu, Ryan Carl-Xavier SchoolYear 8Acevedo, Rachelle Anne Marie -Saint Paul College, PasigAurellano, Riabelle -San Beda College AlabangBaniqued, Geraldine -Saint Paul College, PasigBenipayo, Ariana -Saint Paul College, PasigBernaldez, Mikhael -Aquinas University of Legazpi Science H.S.Cabanes, Hans Vladimir -Zamboanga Chong Hua High SchoolCabrera, Denniarah Milcah-MSU-IIT Integrated Development SchoolCo, Aldrin Addison-Philippine Cultural High SchoolCo, Joan Catherine -Grace Christian High SchoolDagmang, Cornellius Elfie -Philippine Science High School-ArgaoDela Cruz, Katherine Diane -Grace Christian High SchoolGamboa, Jessica -Grace Christian High SchoolGarcia, Lawrence Neal -Bethany Christian SchoolGuiao, Erwin Jeoffrey -Grace Christian High SchoolHao, Hilary Joyce -Zamboanga Chong Hua High SchoolInguito, Jacob Noel -Philippine Science High School-ArgaoMendoza, Francesca Gianelli -Philippine Institute of Quezon CityOng, Chelsea Phoebe -Grace Christian High SchoolOng, Claudine Abigail- St. Paul College, PasigPakson, Paul Stephen -Philippine Science High School- ArgaoPlotena, Ma. Joenelle Grace- Trinity Christian School-Bacolod CityReyes, Francis Jem-Makati Science High SchoolSambo, Jan Philippe-MSU-IIT Integrated Development SchoolSanchez, Anna Monina -Saint Paul College, PasigValles, Dianna Jane-Taguig Science High SchoolWu, Zheng Rong -Zamboanga Chong Hua High SchoolZhang, Zixin -Grace Christian High SchoolYear 9Bunyi, Mary Kryslette -San Beda College AlabangChua, Earl John -Grace Christian High SchoolCo, Ann Catherine -Lanao Chung Hua High SchoolLao, Bryan Paolo-Ateneo de Manila High SchoolLim, Charles Anthony -Xavier SchoolOnglao, Ma. Regina Paz -Saint Paul College, PasigPadilla, Gerard Don -San Beda College AlabangRojo, Ricci Ryan -Zamboanga Chong Hua High SchoolSy, Jillian Kristel -Chiang Kai Shek CollegeTan, Dann Julis -Chiang Kai Shek CollegeTan, Harold -Grace Christian High SchoolTan, Jordan Timothy -Xavier SchoolUy, Vance Mikhail -Saint Jude Catholic SchoolYu, Vincent Gregory -Iloilo Central Commercial High SchoolThe DOST-SEI in tandem with the MTG broadens not only the mathematical dimension of the Filipino youths but also the scientific inclination of the students through the RIO TINTO Big Science Competition. Through the students’ exposure in this contest coupled with the results of the competition measures the extent of the scientific knowledge of the kids. Thus, reflects the present instructional set-ups in schools which include the questions on “what is taught and how is taught” in the science class. Hopefully, the results of the RIO TINTO will give educators the insights on how to strengthen science education in the Philippines.Moreover, the results of the competition and the certificates will be sent to your respective schools. In few days time, both result and certificates will be in your hands. Congratulations!