4 Filipino girls bag medals in China math contest

Four young Filipino students won medals in the 2013 China Girls’ Mathematics Olympiad (CGMO) held in Zhejiang, China recently.

Bagging bronze medals for the Philippines are Ma. Czarina Angela Lao and Isabella Mae Tan of St. Jude Catholic School in Manila, and Kelsey Lim Tiong Soon and Kaye Janelle Yao of Grace Christian College in Quezon City.

(From left) Kelsey Lim Tiong Soon, Isabella Mae Tan, Kaye Janelle Yao and Ma. Czarina Angela Lao show their medals and the Philippine flag at the awarding ceremony of the China Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (Credit: MTG)

The Philippine team also won first place in dance aerobics and second place in the 1000-piece puzzle solving contest, which are side events of the contest, held from Aug. 11 to 14.

In the 2012 CGMO, Lao won a silver, and Lim Tiong Soon and two other team members won bronze medals.

“This is the second year in a row that all our Filipino contestants won medals in the CGMO,” said Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG), adding that the CGMO is one of the toughest math contests in Asia.

The four girls said the questions in this year’s contest were harder than in 2012.

About 150 students joined the 2013 CGMO from Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines and from different parts of China including Beijing, Shanghai, Hunan, Sichuan and Guangdong.

The Philippine Team arrived in the country last Aug. 15 aboard Philippine Airlines flight PR 337 from Shanghai.

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