Monday, July 29, 2013

Pinoy students capture medals at International Math Olympiad


THE Philippines’ delegation in the recent International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) brought home three bronze medals and two honorable mentions.
Philippines' delegation upon arrival at NAIA from Columbia
Adrian Reginald Sy of St. Jude Catholic School, Deany Hendrick Cheng of Grace Christian College and IMO veteran Mikaela Angelina Uy of St. Jude Catholic School won bronze medals while Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Academy and Ma. Czarina Angela Lao of St. Jude Catholic School gained honorable mentions from the 54th IMO held at Santa Marta, Colombia last July 18-28.

Sy obtained the top score among the Philippines’ contestants with 21 points, followed by Cheng and Uy both with 15 points. Wu, the youngest in the team, 13 years old, earned 14 points and Lao got seven points.

This year’s team is considered to be the best Philippine participation at the IMO since 1995 because the country's rank advances significantly higher than last year.

The IMO is composed of six problems in which the contestants solve in two days. Each problem is worth seven points.

This undertaking was made possible with the partnership of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute and the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP), University of the Philippines’ Institute of Mathematics and Metrobank Foundation.

Dr. Jose Ernie Lope and Joseph Ray Clarence Damasco of the University of the Philippines Institute of Mathematics led the Philippines’s in this hardest mathematics competition in the world as Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader, respectively. Other supporters that prepare the national team were MSP trainers Dr. Timothy Teng, Dr. Job Nable of the Ateneo de Manila University, Louie John Vallejo of UP, Dr. Richard Eden and Glen Ong, both former IMO contestants,

DOST-SEI Officer-in-Charge Elizabeth A. Fontanilla appreciated all the efforts of the team and welcomed the winning team back to the country.

“We are happy that our team to the IMO is returning home safely but with greater pride that they gave honor and pride to the Philippines,” Fontanilla said.

She said the determined winning attitude of the Philippines is proof of the improvement in mathematics education the country is experiencing.

“The seeds of change that we have planted years ago in our continues pursuit of the IMO gold is reaping rewards as our performance at the IMO get even better every year,” she added.

Fontanilla stated the constant support of DOST-SEI to the IMO as well as other international science and mathematics competitions that will increase the bar of excellence for the students. 
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