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31 October 2012

Shell Eco-marathon Asia: Feats of college engineering

Words by Jade Lu | Photos by Christopher Kho
Last July, students from different universities took to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia to show off their stuff at the 2012 Shell Eco-marathon Asia. Of the contenders from 18 countries all over Asia and the Middle East, six teams were from Philippine universities.
The opportunity to show off their Shell Eco-marathon vehicles to the public presented itself at the recently-concluded Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) Annual National Convention at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. It was arguably the biggest gathering of the year for engineers and engineering students.
Rightfully, our Eco-contenders had every bragging right to boast their creations. These vehicles are all student-made, which is what makes them even more impressive. Team Proto of De La Salle University had won the “Technical Innovation Award” and was also recognized for having the most advanced telemetry system. The Technical Institute of the Philippines, on the other hand, won not only the “Best in Team Spirit Award,” but is also the third most fuel-efficient car in Asia, thereby being the most fuel-efficient car in the Philippines with a mileage of 164 kilometers to the liter.
It wasn’t just universities from Manila who took a shot at the competition. The University of San Carlos hailed proudly from Visayas. We would like to congratulate our engineering students for their victories. Even joining the competition itself is indeed a win for the country.
According to Pilipinas Shell's representative, our country will proudly be hosting the Shell Eco-marathon Asia from 2014 to 2016.
For more information on the Shell Eco-marathon, visit