NIEVA wins S!NERGY national tilt

Friday October 1,2021

Bringing Quarta from Bicol to the rest of the Philippines!

A junior civil engineering BUeño from the College of Engineering once again brought pride and honor after clinching the championship title in the virtual S!NERGY national competition held last September 21, 2021.

Clarence Janna Nieva, who hails from Guinobatan town in Albay, conquered nine competitors from different parts of the country, qualifying her to the Asia-Pacific S!NERGY competition.

Nieva is known for her project called “Quarta," a mobile banking app and a student-led, financial and startup leveraging technology that aims to bring banking and financial literacy to the rural communities in the Philippines.

Along with her team, Nieva said that they are thrilled that the project that they built from scratch is growing day by day and continuously gaining traction.

“I think that fuels us, really, seeing the growth and the simple support that we are getting from the public," she said.

"That's so important for us because we really can't do this alone without the public and their acceptance. Why would we continue Quarta if it's not really for the people?” she added.

Now, aside from bringing Quarta from the Philippines to the world stage, Nieva is optimistic to making it one of the leading financial technology services in the future, joining the likes of GCash and PayMaya.

On the other hand, in a virtual interview, she recalled the struggles that she encountered while preparing for the said competition.

“My main struggle is in balancing academics and the competition itself. Good thing, I have my team who would happily help me even though they are also struggling with [their] academic requirements—I have Ivan, Ian, JV, Rena, Team Sexy, Team Quarta, and also Al,” Nieva said.

Furthermore, she encouraged her fellow students who also aspire to have a startup business to start making small but progressive efforts as soon as possible.

“Good thing here in our Philippine ecosystem, it’s very supportive and conducive to startups [because] there are many businesses and corporations, and they are really looking forward to partnering with us,” she said.

With her success, Nieva thanked her team's mentors who included people working in various banks for their valuable support to Quarta.

She also extended her appreciation and gratitude to Albay Vice Governor Edcel Grex Lagman, Hon. Ann Y. Ongjoco of Guinobatan, SK Federation Chair Matthew Orpiada, SK Chair Bryan Palabrica, as well as to the BU College of Engineering (CEng) College Student Council (CSC) and the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers - BU Student Chapter (PICE-BUSC).

The national competition was hosted by the International Association of Youth and Students for Peace – Philippines, with the theme “Youth Action for Peace and Sustainable Development" that centers on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations.

(Article by Danica Marie Reoveros | Layout by Carl Ivan Abainza, The Gearcast)