Pity, that. Anyway, full story below.
Which doesn't mean that Cool Things don't happen in the Philippines. I'm thrilled by the recent (_really_ recent!) achievements of our ACM kids (some of them are older than I am, but I taught them, so I can get away with it). See the note below for more details. Also, am very proud of Celsus Kintanar for TopCoder achievement, noted previously on my bog.
When Faye's story came up, my mom and I talked about the controversy over the truth of the story. My mom said that even if the story was false, she _knew_ things like this happened. She knew that people who participate in contests sometimes don't get support from the government or from organizations, that they're sometimes just used for publicity. She knew because we went through some of those things during the international competitions I joined in high school.
But my story isn't sad. My story is a story of the boundless support I received from people around me—my parents, my friends, my teachers. I owe so much to people like Ma'am Sonia Javier and Dr. Pablo Manalastas (Hi, Doc Mana!) not only for helping us prepare for the contests but for helping us grow as people. Now, with the new generation of what we jokingly refer to as computer science varsity, I feel confident that we'll get even better.
To all those who participated in the contest, may the experience be as wonderful for you as it was for me.