The Philippines’ 6-member student delegation to the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) all brought home medals from the competition held in the United Kingdom.
The Filipino students performed strongly and won 6 silver and bronze medals from the oldest and most prestigious math olympiad held at the University of Bath from July 11-22.
The Philippine teams competed among over 600 students from 112 countries and emerged with a medal each – the second time after the 58th IMO in 2017 that all six representatives won a medal.
The Philippines also ranked better this year, placing 31st, up 7 notches from last year’s 38th rank.
The winning 2019 IMO student delegation joins a growing list of Filipino students excelling in world mathematics competitions such as from the World Math Fusion Olympiad, the Singapore International Math Olympiad Challenge, among many other tilts.
The bemedalled student delegation was led by Team Leader Dr. Richard Eden and Deputy Leader Dr. Christian Paul Chan Shio, both of Ateneo de Manila University, and Trainer Mr. Russelle Guadalupe of the University of the Philippines – Diliman who guided the students in the competition.
Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Director, Dr. Josette Biyo, congratulated the team for maintaining Team Philippines’ winning streak in the IMO. “This is a huge victory for the country, knowing how difficult it is to get a medal in the IMO. But we are more awed by the fact that most of the participants are first-timers and still managed to seize this incredible achievement,” she said in a DOST release sent to Good News Pilipinas.
DOST-SEI, along with Mathematical Society of the Philippines, jointly organized the country’s participation to the IMO after screening 22 national finalists from the 2019 Philippine Mathematical Olympiad.
Here are the medals won by the Philippine national team at the IMO:
- Silver Medal – Sean Anderson Ty of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School
- Bronze Medal – Andres Rico Gonzales III of De La Salle University Integrated School
- Bronze Medal – Immanuel Josiah Balete of St Stephen’s High School
- Bronze Medal – Vincent Dela Cruz of Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science
- Bronze Medal – Dion Stephan Ong of Ateneo de Manila Senior High School
- Bronze Medal – Bryce Ainsley Sanchez of Grace Christian College
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