PH team posts best finish in Int’l Math Olympiad

The winning streak of the Philippines at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) continues as the country’s contingent took home three bronze medals and two honorable mentions from the competition’s latest staging held at Santa Marta, Colombia last July 18 to 28.

The victorious PH team upon their arrival at the NAIA from Colombia

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 took home bronze medals, while Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Academy and Ma. Czarina Angela Lao of St. Jude Catholic School won honorable mentions.

Sy got the highest score among the Philippine contestants with 21 points while Cheng and Uy both got 15 points. Wu, the youngest in the Philippine team at 13 years old, got 14 points, while Lao got seven points.

This is the best Philippine participation at the IMO since 1995 as the team raises the country’s rank considerably higher than last year.

The IMO provides six problems which the participants solve in two days. Each problem is worth seven points.

The Philippine participation to the IMO was made possible with the partnership of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute and the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) together with 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 country’s surge in the hardest mathematics competition in the world as team leader and deputy team leader, respectively.

They were helped by MSP trainers Dr. Timothy Teng, Dr. Job Nable of the Ateneo de Manila University, Louie John Vallejo of UP, and Dr. Richard Eden and Glen Ong, both former IMO contestants, in preparing the national team.

“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,” said DOST-SEI officer-in-charge Elizabeth A. Fontanilla.

Fontanilla said the winning streak 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 said.

UPDATE: This story has been updated to put the correct age of Farrell Eldrian Wu13. An earlier version of this story put his age at 14 instead of 13.

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