• Pinoy Students Haul 53 Gold Medals From International Math Competitions!

    Filipino students are putting the country on the map when it comes to math excellence!
    by Rachel Perez .
Pinoy Students Haul 53 Gold Medals From International Math Competitions!
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  • Five awesome ladies — Hidilyn Diaz for weightlifting (gold), Margielyn Didal for skateboarding, and Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go for golf — brought glory to the country in the recently concluded South East Asian Games. The Philippines, however, isn't just raking up medals in sports — young Pinoy kids are conquering the world of math! 

    In fact, Filipino math wizards have been collecting medals in three international math competitions held in June and July. Total haul: 307 medals with 53 as gold medals!

    14th International Mathematics Contest

    The Philippines topped the 14th International Mathematics Contest (IMC), which was held in Singapore from July 27 to 30. Young Pinoy math wizards earned 27 gold, 53 silver, and 116 bronze medals, according to the Mathematics Trainers Guild (MTG). They beat China, which came in at second place with 25 gold medals, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Indonesia. 

    Filbert Ephraim Wu of Victory Christian International School was declared the champion in the Grade 7 level. Sen. Grace Poe congratulated Abisha Beatrix Florante who won a bronze medal because her win is a proud moment for the public school education system (she is a Grade 1 student of Project 6 Elementary School).

    "We are very overwhelmed by the outstanding performance of our young Filipino students in the competition. Their training and dedication yielded good results. We are so proud of them," MTG officer Dr. Simon Chua said. The other countries that participated were Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, and Malaysia.

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    2018 World Mathematics Invitational

    Students as young as kindergarten and up to senior high school bagged 97 medals at the 2018 World Mathematics Invitational (WMI) held in South Korea from July 13 to 17. According to the Asian MathSci League, Inc. (AMSLI), the kids brought home 21 gold medals, 41 silver medals, 35 bronze medals on top of the 14 merit awards they received. 

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    The annual competition gathers students from South Korea, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and the Philippines to compete. 

    Notable awardees include Grade 8 student Wesley Gavin Palomar from the Philippine Science High School-Main Campus, who received the Star of the World Cup for topping his grade level. Reiona Ckyle Mundala, a grade 7 student from Lipa City Science Integrated National High School, won Bronze Award for her WMI Mini Math Creative Video about the Pythagorean Theorem.

    5th Mathematics Without Borders Tournament

    At the 5th Mathematics Without Borders (MWB) Tournament held in Bulgaria last June 30 to July 2, 14 students won five gold, two silver, and seven bronze medals in the individual final round.

    According to AMSLI, "This is an impressive feat for the Philippine Team, a neophyte in this competition." The Philippine team students competed with over a thousand other students from 15 countries.

    Grade 2 student Harry Gerard Perez from De La Salle Lipa Integrated School and Grade 3 student Alexander Peter Benedict Lomibao from Ateneo de Manila Grade School were both awarded Gold Tournament Cups. Lomibao also received a plaque as the "Math Star" of the tournament after scoring 29 out of 30 points. Hans Dominic Gamboa, a grade 6 student from the MGC New Life Christian Academy, bagged a silver tournament cup.

    Congrats, kids! You make your country proud.

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