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Filipino Medalists to Compete at 65th International Mathematical Olympiad in UK

Six Filipino high school students are again competing to raise the Philippines’ honor at the 65th International Mathematical Olympiad in Bath, United Kingdom this July. Photos from Go For Gold Philippine IMO Team Facebook.

Four medal-winning Filipino students from last year’s International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Japan, joined by two new team members, are set to compete at the 65th IMO in Bath, United Kingdom, from July 11-22, 2024.

The Philippine IMO Team Facebook page live-streamed the announcement of the country’s six official representatives on May 26. This selection followed their participation in the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Camp (MOSC), their scores at the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO) held in March, and two team selection tests held at the University of the Philippines Diliman Institute of Mathematics.

Leading the team’s gold medal bid this year are:

  • Filbert Ephraim Wu of Victory Christian International School, silver medalist at the 2023 IMO, honorable mention at the 2022 IMO, champion of the 26th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO)
  • Jerome Austin Te of Jubilee Christian Academy, silver medalist at the 2023 IMO, 1st runner-up of the 26th PMO
  • Mohammad Nur Casib of Philippine Science High School-Central Mindanao Campus, bronze medalist in the 2022 and 2023 IMO, 2nd runner-up of the 26th PMO
  • Alvann Walter Paredes Dy of Saint Jude Catholic School, bronze medalist at the 2023 IMO

Joining the Olympiad medalists are first-time IMO contestants:

  • Luke Sebastian Sy of Grace Christian College
  • Ervin Joshua Bautista of Southville International School and Colleges

Historic IMO Participation

The Philippine team achieved a historic feat at the 64th IMO in Chiba, Japan. All six members received a medal, earning the country’s best-ever team score in 35 years since joining the global contest for math students. The team record of 145 points surpassed the previous best of 133 points from 2016. This stellar performance catapulted the nation to the 26th rank among 112 countries, a significant leap from its 55th position in the 63rd IMO held in Oslo, Norway, where the Philippines won two bronze medals and four honorable mentions.

The Philippine delegation to the 65th IMO will be headed by team leader Hazel Joh Shi of the UP Diliman Institute of Mathematics and deputy team leader Kerish Villegas of the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Mathematics. The selection of the Philippine team is supported by the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) and the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

IMO Legacy

The IMO, the most prestigious mathematics competition for high school students globally, was first held in Romania in 1959 with just seven participating countries. Today, it includes over 100 countries across five continents. The Philippines’ consistent performance in the last seven Olympiads underscores the country’s dedication to fostering mathematical excellence among its youth. Last year’s record-breaking performance highlights the potential of Filipino students and the quality of mathematical education in the country. The nation looks forward to more victories as it continues to nurture its young mathematical talents.

WATCH the video announcement here and SEND CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL WISHES in the comments below to the six students who’ve earned the right to represent the Philippines at the 65th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)!

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