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Monday, August 6, 2012

Pinoy Math wizards soar high in Argentina Olympiad and Taiwan

Young Filipino math wizards brought once again honor and recognition to the Philippines in the recently concluded 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held on July 4-16, 2012, in Mar del Plata, Argentina and the Taipei International Mathematics Competition (TAIMC) from July 23 to 28 in Taipei, Taiwan.
In Argentina, the Filipino mathathletes won two bronze medals and an honorable mention. In Taiwan, the Filipino students finished second overall in the elementary division.
Kenneth Tan Co of the Philippine Science High School-Diliman, who was also in last year’s IMO obtained 12 points, and Mikaela Angeline Uy of Saint Jude Catholic School, a first timer in the IMO, scored 14 points each and took home their individual bronze medals. Henry Jefferson Co Morco of Chang Kai Shek College, a bronze medalist in last year’s IMO, obtained 13 points and secured an honorable mention.
The Philippine delegation was composed of the three winners of the 14th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) co-organized by the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (SEI-DOST) and the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP). They were guided by Team Leader Dr. Julius M. Basilia and Deputy Team Leader Dr. Job A. Nable, both of MSP. This year, the Philippines ranked 73rd out of the 100 countries that competed at the 53rd IMO. This year’s performance ties that of 1991, which ranks as the second highest haul of medals in our history. SEI Director Dr. Filma G. Brawner congratulated the students for again doing well in the highly competitive Mathematics Olympiad.
The IMO is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country every year. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with participants from seven countries. It has expanded to over 100 countries that send teams of up to six students, plus a team leader, deputy leader, and observers. The content ranges from extremely difficult precalculus problems to problems on branches of mathematics not conventionally covered in school, such as projective and complex geometry, functional equations, and well-grounded number theory.
The TAIMC has two divisions: the Elementary Mathematics International Competition (EMIC) for grade school students; and the International World Youth Mathematics Intercity Competition (IWYMIC) for high school students.
In the EMIC, gold medalists for the Philippines include Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy in Taguig City, Clyde Wesley Ang of Chiang Kai Shek College and Andrea Jaba of Saint Jude Catholic School.
Bronze medalists, on the other hand, include Matthew Uy of Xavier School, Christian Philip Gelera of UP Integrated School and Cristiana Marie Calderon of Falcon School.
Wu, Ang, Uy and Gelera of Philippine Team A won second overall in the EMIC by finishing first runner-up in the team and group contests. China was declared champion, while Singapore was second runner-up.
Merit awardees, meanwhile, include Albert Neil Dulay of Integrated Montessori Center-Taguig, Lorems Yrol Pedeglorio of Butuan City SPED Center, Christopher Banzon of Nemesio Yabut Elementary School, John Aries Ceazar Hingan of San Beda College Alabang, Justine John Serdoncillo of Elizabeth Seton School-South, Emmanuel Pablo Santos of Colegio San Agustin-Binan, Hans Markson Tan of St. Stephen’s High School, Alyssa Guevarra of De La Salle Santiago Zobel School and Angelika Tagupa of Colegio San Agustin-Makati.
In the IWYMIC, the Philippine delegation won two gold, two silver, nine bronze and two merit awards.
Gold medalists include Kelsey Lim Tiong Soon of Grace Christian College and Ma. Czarina Lao of Saint Jude Catholic School, who was a member of the international team.
Jason Allan Tan of Jubilee Christian School and Deany Cheng of Grace Christian School, on the other hand, bagged silver medals.
Bronze medalists include Andrew Lawrence Sy of Xavier School, Andrew Ong of Chiang Kai Shek College, Judy Ann Donato and Joshua Taguinod of Valenzuela City Science High School, Mario Antonio Ongkiko of Xavier School, Matthew Ryan Tan of Saint Jude Catholic School, Jonn Angel Aranas of Makati Science High School, and Nathanael Joshua Balete and John Thomas Chuatak of St. Stephen’s High School.
Merit awardees are Jason Joseph Fernandez of Philippine Science High School-Main and Francis Concepcion of Philippine Cultural College Manila.

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