Pinoy math kids continue their winning streak as another group bagged a total of 31 gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 2019 South Africa International Mathematics Competition (SAIMC) held in Durban.
Twenty-six elementary and high school students from different public and private schools in the Philippines joined the competitions held from August 1 to 6 and emerged with 1 gold, 8 silver, and 22 bronze medals.
The math kids also received 5 merit certificates and several trophies from group and team events.
The Filipino mathletes trained by Mathematics Trainers’ Guild Philippines (MTG) placed Top 9 in the South Africa tilt participated in by 27 nations.
MTG, established in 1995 as a training group, recently led Filipino mathletes in medal hauls at the 15th International Mathematics Contest (IMC) in Singapore, at the Primary Mathematics World Contest in Hong Kong, and at the Hanoi Open Mathematics Competition in Vietnam.
The Philippine delegation medals haul include:
- Individual Gold, Filbert Ephraim Wu (Grade 8, Victory Christian International School, Pasig City)
- Team Silver, Filbert Ephraim Wu
- Team Silver, Raphael Adrian Galang (Manila Science High School)
- Team Silver, Adrian Soriaga (St. Jude Catholic School)
- Team Silver, Neo Angelo Gatlabayan (British School Manila)
- Team Silver, Mohammad Nur Casib (My Precious Child Learning Center, Marawi City)
- Team Silver, Luke Sebastian Sy (Grace Christian College, Quezon City)
The 22 bronze medalists included James Martin Young from Philippine Science High School-Western Visayas, Ervin Joshua Bautista from Southville International School and Colleges, Tracey Lauren Lei from St. Jude Catholic School, Lance Chrysler de Jesus from Caloocan National Science and Technology High School, Miguel Cayetano from Tuguegarao West Central School, Patric Xamwell Legaspi from Vel Maris School, Gadriel Symone Dalangin from Stonyhurst International School-Malarayat, Cassidy Kyler Tan from Davao Christian High School, Keean Nathaniel Tang from UNO High School, Andrei Lenard Chan from Zamboanga Chong Hua High School, Enzo Rafael Chan from Bayanihan Institute, Sean Matthew Tan from Jubilee Christian Academy, Anika Gayle Tan from Zamboanga Chong Hua High School, Matthew Eugene Chua from British School Manila and Kristen Steffi Teh from Grace Christian College.
Merit certificates were awarded to the following students: Noel Stephen Dequito from Xavier School-Nuvali, Francis Rafael Flor and Muhammad Farouk Tan, both from Silangan Elementary School; and Casey Lauren Bernardo and Franze Micah Castaneda, both from St. Jude Catholic School.
MTG co-founder and COO Dr. Simon Chua praised the Philippine delegation and said he was “honored to know these young math wizards and for their passion for numbers as they inspire their fellow students to shine and excel in this field.”
The country’s Science and Technology Undersecretary Brenda Manzano noted that “math contests like this help boost the skills of our youths as these improve the analytical and critical thinking of our students. More importantly, these cultivate the interest of many in mathematics.”
“With the continued technological advancements happening around us, the problems we face are becoming more and more complex. In turn, these problems require even more complex solutions. Thus, we need to innovate and use science and technology to address them – and this is where mathematics comes in,” USec Manzano said in the MTG report by Jerry E. Esplanada about the South Africa tilt.
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