By MA. LEANDREA A. TAMARES
AFTER CLINCHING podium finishes in last year’s Pautakan, the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) was five points short of a spot in the top three in this year’s intercollegiate quiz contest held Monday, landing fourth place in both individual and group categories.
AB garnered 70 points in the final round of the group category, trailing behind second runner-up Faculty of Pharmacy’s 75 points.
The AB team was composed of legal management student Japheth Irreverre, philosophy major Kirk Matthew Sabio, economics students Sean Paul De Castro and Jaycar Espinosa, and political science majors Leif Arden Fraginal, Jose Arturo Topacio, and Lawrence Llanita, who represented AB in the individual category.
The Faculty of Engineering dethroned defending champion Alfredo M. Velayo-College of Accountancy (AMV), scoring 240 points against AMV’s 130 points.
Meanwhile, Llanita booked a ticket to the finals round in the individual category after finishing second in the eliminations. However, his 95 points was ultimately bested by College of Education bet Mark Filippe Pastor’s 105 points.
Faculty of Engineering’s Joseph Matthew Caballas secured the championship with 195 points, followed by AMV’s Danvhar Nojara who earned 125 points.
In 2018, AB bagged second runner-up in the group category and first runner-up in the individual category. The Faculty last claimed the championship in 2009.
The Varsitarian-organized Pautakan, which is on its 42nd year, is the longest-running intercollegiate quiz contest in the country. The contest was held at the Medicine Auditorium. F