About Quiz Bee
… Strengthening education thru academic excellence & values formation
How the Bee Got its Sting
It was the Decade of the Child, more particularly for the Philippines, the "Decade of the Filipino Child" (1977 – 1986) -----
It occurred to a lot of people – correctly enough – that new learning programs should reach the child at his most informative years. This includes changing existing learning concepts and introducing new ones to stimulate skills and aptitudes outside academic walls.
In response to this need, a young couple – Rasty and Gay Tayag, launched the Quiz Bee®, a program to promote academic excellence, love of country, brotherhood and unity among the country's elementary school children. With the valuable support and cooperation of the Office of the President and Ministry of Education & Culture (now, the Department of Education), the Quiz Bee® was initiated in 1977 and has grown from a mere tournament into a forum for outstanding school children of the Philippines.
The Quiz Bee is an annual academic competition organized by the Quiz Bee Foundation where the country's public and private school students compete in a six (6) month - long elimination process that culminates in the National Quiz Bee Grand Finals.
The Foundation took a giant stride in 1993, in its youth development efforts when it launched the most comprehensive tilt in the history of the Philippine educational system. It initiated the involvement of the largest base of the youth sector – an academic program which now encompasses the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels.
Quiz Bee® has become a nationwide tilt for more than 16.5 million students in more than 40,000 private and public schools. The program now serves as a nerve center for educational and cultural exchange, thus allowing challenges and opportunities for the youth's realization of their vast potential – making Quiz Bee therefore, the youth's contribution to "global excellence!"
Year 2000 onwards presents a special feature for the succeeding National Quiz Bee. The National Capital Region Division and Regional Championships are held in the leading shopping malls in Metro Manila simultaneous with the staging of the Division and Regional competitions in the other regions throughout the country.
In 2005, the Philippine Daily Inquirer led by its chair Marixi R. Prieto, in its continuous partnership with the Quiz Bee Foundation awarded twenty (20) priceless life – sized masterpiece Guyito (carabao) sculptures done by the country's foremost painters (Malang, Ben Cabrera, Soler, Kidlat Tahimik, Rex Tatlonghari, Steve Santos, and more) to public high schools around the country who ranked highest in the 26th National Quiz Bee. During the Award's night at the Ayala Museum, the student awardees, their teacher – coaches, school officials and parents also mingled with the country's top industry leaders (Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Teresita Sy, Robina Gocongwei, Manny Pangilinan, Rico Tantoco to name a few) and had front row seats to a concert with internationally acclaimed Lea Salonga (a former Quiz Bee host herself) and the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra.
The term "quiz bee" and its academic competition is 100% Gawang Pinoy.
How did "quiz bee" come about?
In 1976, Mr. Rasty Tayag together with the DepEd (formerly MEC) launched a nationwide elementary spelling contest dubbed "1976 Spelling Bee Contest."
In 1977, after the huge success of the Spelling Bee, educator Mrs. Gay Tayag proposed that the contest should not be limited to spelling and grammar. It should extend to a wider academic scope in the study of science, mathematics, and Philippine history and culture.
It was also decided that an average of ten (10) question will be ask per subject category (ranging from easy, average, difficult, and clincher round in case of a tie), making it a short test or a quiz. Mr. Tayag then changed the word "spelling" in spelling bee to "quiz", thus coining the term "quiz bee", and the First National Quiz Bee Contest was born.
In the same year, Mr. Tayag, registered "quiz bee" as a copyright and trademark.
It was also in that year, that the term "quiz bee" was made known in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, when former President Ferdinand Marcos invited the said countries who are members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to participate in the ASEAN Quiz Bee to be held in the Philippines.
After almost 2 years in the making the First ASEAN Quiz Bee was held in Manila 1979 with the grand champions of the 2nd National Quiz Bee as the country's representatives. During the competition, the subject category of Philippine history & culture was expanded to ASEAN history & culture.
In 1988, the term "quiz bee" was made known to the world thru the launching of the 1st World Quiz Bee with no less that Mr. William Randolph Hearst Jr., publisher of Hearst newspaper and magazines (Washington time, Chicago Herald, San Francisco Examine, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Harper's Bazaar, to name some) as member of the World Quiz Bee Advisory Board. Again, the subject category of history was expanded to world history & culture.
In 1989, a decade after the founding of the ASEAN Quiz Bee, the Quiz Bee Foundation embarked on the World Quiz Bee, the logical expansion of the program in its present reach and magnitude, billed as the "Summit of the World's Young Geniuses:, foreign children contestant came to Manila to meet with their Filipino counterparts in friendly competition, more importantly, to attain a measure of international unity and understanding amongst them.
In 1990, the 1st World Quiz Bee was held in Manila with the grand champions of the 11th National Quiz Bee as the Philippine's representatives.
The Foundation took a giant stride in 1993, in its youth development efforts when it launched the most comprehensive tilt in the history of the Philippine educational system.
In consonance with then President Fidel V. Ramos' vision of development when he launched "Philippines 2000", the Quiz Bee Foundation initiated the involvement of the largest base of the youth sector- thus the Super Quiz Bee, an academic program which now encompasses the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels.
Quiz Bee has become a nationwide tilt for more than 16.5 million students in more than 40,000 private and public schools. The program, now serves as a nerve center for educational and cultural exchange, thus allowing challenges and opportunities for the youth's realization of their vast potential- making Quiz Bee therefore, the youth's contribution to "global excellence"!
In recent years, saw the staging of the Quiz Bee Grand Finals outside the confines of Manila. The 18th National Super Quiz Bee Grand Finals was held in Muntinlupa City in 1997 hosted by then Mayor Toting Bunye and the City Council. The 19th National Super Quiz Bee Grand Finals was staged at the Expo Pilipino, Pampanga, the 20th National Super Quiz Bee Grand Finals at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone hosted by then Chairman Felicito Payumo in Olongapo City. The 21st-26th National Super Quiz Bee Grand Finals was at the Development Academy of the Philippines Conference Center & Hotel in Tagaytay City.
Year 2000 onwards presents a special feature for the succeeding National Quiz Bee. The National Capital region Division and Regional Championships are held in the leading shopping malls in Metro Manila simultaneous with the staging of the Division and regional competitions in the other regions throughout the country.
In 2005, the Philippine Daily Inquirer led by its chair Marixi R. Prieto, in its continuous partnership with the Quiz Bee Foundation awarded twenty (20) priceless life- sized masterpiece Guyito (carabao) sculptures done by the country's foremost painters (Malang, Ben Cabrera, Soler, Kidlat Tahimik, Rex Tatlonghari, Steve Santos, and more) to public high schools around the country who ranked highest in the 26th National Super Quiz Bee. During the Award's night at the Ayala Museum, the student awardees, their teacher-coaches school officials and parents also mingled with the country's top industry leaders (Fernando Zobel de Ayala, teresita Sy, Robina Gocongwei, Manny Pangilinan, Rico Tantoco to name a few) and had front row seats to a concert with internationally acclaimed Lea Salonga (a former Quiz Bee host herself) and the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra.
The institutionalize the Quiz Bee projects, the organizers, Rasty and Gay Tayag, together with eminent people in the field of education, established the QUIZ BEE FOUNDATION in 1983 with no less than National Artist Carlos P. Romulo as the Founding Chairman and Rasty M. Tayag as President. In addition, the Founding Trustees are: Edgardo Angara, Dr. Helena Benitez, Dr. Estefania Aldaba- Lim and Ismael Mathay.
With the passing of Carlo P. Romulo in 1990, Rasty Tayag assumed the position of Chairman of Foundation and holds this position to this date.
Since its first – ever national competition in 1977, the Quiz Bee has consistently organized a yearly event to foster its very objectives among the country's public and private students and their teacher- coaches/ mentors.
Any student enrolled in the present school year from any public or private school in the country with an academic grade point average of 85%, its equivalent or higher, that falls in the following can join in the competition:
To finance this endeavor, the Quiz Bee Foundation solicits sponsorship from private companies, as well as the support from various government and media institutions.
The Office of the President, Department of Education, Commission of Higher Education and the Department of Interior and Local Government are particularly helpful in promoting the Quiz Bee by making it part of their education enhancement program.
The Quiz Bee promotes academic excellence by preparing the student and his/her teacher/ professor for competition within the school and district level, then on to the division and the regional level and then ultimately to the national grand finals.
The Quiz Bee promotes a high sense of personal achievement and brotherhood by encouraging students to compete with one another using only his/her academic prowess with the aid of his teacher-coach.
Prior to the National Grand Finals, all the Regional finalists are given an all – expense paid four (4) day live-in camp dubbed as the Summit of the Super Quiz Bees, where they undertake fellowships, seminars, historic & scenic tours, games and recreational sports, which edifies camaraderie, unity, mutual understanding, sportsmanship and nationalism. During the Grand Finals, the contestant and coaches compete in traditional attire representative of their region.
The prizes are a Presidential trophy, a set of encyclopedia, gift packages from sponsors, a personal computer and/ or scholarship grants. There are no cash prizes in the Quiz Bee. The Quiz Bee Foundation believes that money is not a good motivation for self – achievement for school students especially in their formative years.
But, the honor it brings to the students, mentors and schools who compete are proof positive of the high moral goals these participants aim for, by joining in a competition for the sake of academic excellence, and not for material gain.
The continued success of the Quiz Bee can be attributed to the need of the student, his/her mentor-coach and school… for a forum wherein to compete with the best and the brightest that other schools, districts, divisions and regions have to offer.
The Quiz Bee is a sort -of barometer of the level of education of the Filipino student for more than a quarter of a century.
The Quiz Bee is the longest running, most respected and continuing national academic competition... bar none. No other academic competition winner can come close to the prestige, honor and excellence of a Quiz Bee Champion.
To date the Quiz Bee Foundation has successfully mounted;
• 1 National Spelling Bee competition
• 33 National Quiz Bee competitions
• 1 National Quiz Bee for the Handicapped (Blind, Deaf / Mute)
• 2 World Quiz Bee competitions
• 6 ASEAN Quiz Bee competitions
SOME MAJOR AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS RECEIVED BY THE QUIZ BEE
• Anvil Award for Most outstanding Public Relations Program Directed at Special Audiences (1978)
• Anvil Award of Merit for Public Affairs Management and Communications in Education (2002) from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP)
• Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports Plaque of Appreciation(1978)
• Presidential Award of Merit (1980)
• Presidential Recognition of Merit (1980)
• Presidential Citation (1990)
• Presidential Management Staff Plaque of Appreciation (1990)
• Anak TV Seal, Most Family Friendly Show, from the Southeast Asian Foundation for Children's Television (from 2004-Present)
• Finalist, Japan Prize for TV (2004)
• Finalist, Barcelona International Television Festival (2004)