Team Philippines is currently competing in Japan after being feted at the SIMOC 2019 Award Ceremony held at the Star Performing Arts Centre in Singapore. Photo from SIMOC Philippines.

Filipino math wizards bagged 95 gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 5th Singapore International Math Olympiad Challenge (SIMOC) held at the GEMS World Academy in the north of Singapore in July.

The Philippine team of 79 math students finished strong in competitions among 1,105 students from 19 countries in the July 6-9 tournament organized by the Singapore Asian MathSci League, Inc. (AMSLI). The Philippines’ own AMSLI is the group that made it possible for the Philippines to participate in SIMOC.

Comprised of students from Grades 2 to 11, the Filipino Math wizards performed excellently in the three categories of the competition with 55 medals for the Math Olympiad Contest, 24 medals in the Math Warriors Competition, and 16 medals in the Mind Sports Challenge.

The SIMOC website describes the Math Olympiad Contest as a 25-item individual written test that is done within 90 minutes. Both Math Warriors Competition and Mind Sports Challenge are team-based challenges that test the student’s ability to do mental sums and strategic thinking and test the students’ IQ on logic and puzzles, respectively.

The 95 medals brought home by the Philippine representatives are comprised of the following:

Math Olympiad (individual written for grades 2 to 10)
• 8 gold medals
• 19 silver medals
• 28 bronze medals

Math Warriors (team based)
• 4 gold medals
• 5 silver medals
• 15 bronze medals

Mind Sports Challenge (team based)
• 2 silver medals
• 14 bronze medals

The SIMOC 2019 Award Ceremony held at the Star Performing Arts Centre in Singapore was attended by the Philippines’ First Secretary and Consul to Singapore, J. Anthony A. Reyes. He was accompanied by the Philippines’ Asian MathSci League, Inc. (AMSLI) President, Rechilda Villame.

Earlier in July, math students also won big at the Mathematics Without Borders in Bulgaria. AMSLI also led winning Filipino mathletes at the World Mathematics Invitational in Korea, and Malaysian International Math Olympiad.

The Philippine Team is now again in competition at the World Math Invitational Tournament (WMI) in Fukuoka, Japan which started July 15 and ends on July 19, 2019.

SEND congratulations and good luck to our young Filipino math wizards, showing excellence in world competitions!

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