Ateneo de Manila University





The Philippine Biology Olympiad (PBO) is the country's premier biology competition for students of grades 7 to 12 and serves as the venue for selection of the country's representatives to the annual International Biology Olympiad (IBO). The Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) has endorsed the Department of Biology of the Ateneo de Manila University and the Ateneo Biological Organization - eXplore. eXperience. eXcel (BOx) as the official organizers of the PBO.

Known as BioCamp for the last six years, the event has enabled students to participate in such activities as seminars, forums, laboratory workshops, a quiz bee, and an “amazing race.” All of these activities aim to enhance the students' interest, passion, and skills in the biological sciences; increase awareness on issues in biology, particularly biodiversity; and promote camaraderie among young biologists in the making. Starting this year, the four best performing participants will be declared the official representatives of the Philippines to the IBO .

What is Alpas?

Alpas, the theme of PBO 2018, is the Filipino word for breaking free and moving on to greater adventures in life. In the scientific community, discoveries and inventions require putting oneself out in the open, vulnerable and exposed. Thus, it is a cohesive word for the Philippine Biology Olympiad, formerly the Ateneo de Manila University BioCamp, as it takes its first step into the international scene - towards the International Biology Olympiad.



Angeles City Science High School
Assumption Antipolo
Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School
Ateneo de Manila Senior High School
CCF Life Academy Foundation Inc.
Child’s Place Developmentally Appropriate Program School
Casa Del Nino Montessori & Science High School
Centro Escolar Integrated School
Centro Escolar University - Makati
Colegio San Agustin
Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod
Colegio de San Juan de Letran - Bataan
College of Saint Anthony
De La Salle Santiago Zobel School
Don Bosco College
Ednas School of Dagupan
Ednas School of Alaminos
Ednas School of San Carlos
Eucharistic King Academy of Sara, Inc.
First City Providential College
Global Technical School of Zamboanga, Inc
Gen. Juan Castaneda Senior High School
General Santos City SPED Integrated School
Gentry International School
Holistic Education and Development Center
Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy
Jean-Baptiste of Reims College
Jubilee Christian Academy
Kingfisher School of Business and Finance
Las Piñas City National Science High School
Manresa School
MGC New Life Christian Academy
Mabini Colleges, Inc.
Magis Academy
Malayan High School of Science
Manila Science High School
Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School
Muntinlupa Science High School
Notre Dame of Greater Manila

National University - Nazareth School
PASS College
Pace Academy
Pasig City Science High School
Philippine Science High School - Central Luzon Campus
Philippine Science High School - Central Visayas Campus
Philippine Science High School - Eastern Visayas Campus
Philippine Science High School - Ilocos Region Campus
Philippine Science High School - Main Campus
Philippine Science High School - SOCCSKSARGEN Region Campus
Philippine Science High School - Western Visayas Campus
Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus
Ragay National Agricultural and Fisheries School
Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School
Regional Science High School - III
Saint Maria Goretti School of San Pedro
Southville International School Affiliated with Foreign Universities
San Sebastian College - Recoletos, Manila
Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School
Schola de Vita
Siena College of Taytay
Sisters of Mary of Banneux Inc.
Sophia School, Inc.
Sotero B. Cabahug FORUM for Literacy
St. Joseph College-Olongapo Inc
St. Jude Catholic School
St. Mary's Academy- Pasay City
St. Scholastica's Academy - Tabunok
St. Theresa's College, Quezon City
Sta. Maria National High School
Talamban National HIgh School
Tarlac Living Faith Academy
Unida Christian Colleges
Universidad de Zamboanga
University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos
University of Perpetual Help -Molino
University of San Carlos Senior High School
West Bay College




  • Registration

  • Opening Ceremony

  • Talk I

  • Eliminations


  • Lunch

  • Plenary and Talk II

  • Breakout Session

  • Semi-finals and Breakout Session

  • Closing Ceremony

  • Dinner



  • Registration

  • Finals

  • Talk III


  • Lunch

  • Amazing Race

  • Awarding Ceremony


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Quiz Bee

This activity aims to test the participants’ knowledge and understanding of the concepts in biology through a competition that promotes teamwork, integrity, and academic intelligence. This competition will test the participants’ mastery of the topics not only through questions that would ask specific facts and concepts; but also through theoretical tasks that will require them to apply their understanding of the topics.


Laboratory Skills

The Laboratory Skills Competition is a three-round competition category that aims to test the laboratory skills of the students, and assess their capabilities to solve biological problems using the necessary skills. It will be one of the categories that will be the basis of being selected as a member of the team that will represent the Philippines in the International Biology Olympiad.


Breakout Sessions

This activity series aims to assemble the participants for independent group discussions and team-building dynamics in order to foster camaraderie among the like-minded student leaders of the Philippines. The teams, with their respective TnMs, will be randomly assigned into clusters of 3 teams. The activities for the session may vary as it could involve the topics discussed by key speakers or the encompassing Philippine biodiversity and the theme of the current PBO.


Amazing Race

This activity aims to evaluate the participants’ grasp of biological skills and techniques, and their ability to solve biological problems. In addition, this competition will require teamwork, time management, and critical thinking. The Amazing Race will be awarded separately and will not affect the teams’ standing in the overall competition.

Ateneo de Manila University Campus Map

4 Matteo Ricci Study Hall
8 Berchmans Hall
9 Gonzaga Hall
10 Schmitt Hall
11 Pipac Building
12 Faura Hall

13 MVP Building
14 Doghouse
15 Zen Garden
16 Kostka Hall
17 Xavier Hall
18 Faber Hall
19 Old Rizal Library
20 Dela Costa Building
21 Social Sciences Building
22 Leong Hall
23 New Rizal Library
24 SOM Forest

Frequently Asked Questions
Where will the event be held?
All activities will be held inside the Ateneo de Manila University campus

What are the mechanics/guidelines for each event?
Please refer to the Event Mechanics document sent in this Confirmation Kit.

Will observers be allowed for the event?
Observers will not be allowed during the event. Only one (1) coach may accompany the representing team/s (one or two) of the school.

Will we be allowed to bring our own car/s and driver/s to Ateneo?
Yes. Should the school choose to have their own driver/s bring them to the event in their own car/s, please fill out the Car and Drivers from through this link ( PBO2018Cars DriversForm).

We would like to avail of accommodations. Who can we coordinate with?
Please refer to the accommodations brochure sent in this Confirmation Kit. You may ask us for further questions, but you will be responsible for contacting and booking the dormitories or hotels for your team/s.

What do we need to bring for the PBO?
Each student is advised to bring their own water jug, needed medications, and an set of extra clothes, writing materials, and scientific calculators. Graphing calculators are not allowed. Calculators will be checked before all the tests.

What attire should be worn by the participants on both days?
Since this event will comprise of physical activities as well, we will require you to wear your school’s PE uniform on the first day, then the PBO shirt on the second day, along with pants, and closed shoes (preferably sneakers or rubber shoes) for both days. The official PBO 2018 ID must be worn at all times during the event.

When will we be able to receive the shirts and other materials?
The materials inclusive of the fee (an ID for the coach and each of the participants, and a kit for each participant containing a PBO shirt, sling bag, primer, and lab gown) will be given upon your team’s registration on the first day.

Will the scores garnered in the Amazing Race affect the overall score of the team?
No. The amazing race is considered as a culminating event only. Therefore, the scores garnered in the amazing race will not affect the team's overall score and will not be considered as a factor for determining the winners for this event.

Can we purchase PBO shirts aside from the shirts that will be provided for the participants?
Yes. You can order through this website or through our Facebook page ( Please view the merchandise section of this website to check the shirts that we are selling. If you are interested, please make sure to click the order now button and fill out the order form as we cannot guarantee that those who did not preorder will still be able to buy a shirt on the day itself.


Philippine Biology Olympiad 2018: Alpas
Ateneo de Manila University – Biology Department
Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, 1108 Metro Manila
Tel No.: (+632) 426-6001 loc. 5610
Fax No.: (+632) 426-1034
Cellphone No.: +63 945 134 5308