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Triumph of Talent: Filipino Students Sweep 143 Awards at World Mathematics Invitational Korea Finals

Filipino Students World Mathematics Invitational Korea Finals
Philippine math prodigies clinch 143 awards at the World Mathematics Invitational Korea Finals, demonstrating exceptional talent and resilience on the global stage. Photos of leading winners from AMSLI Philippines.

Raising the Philippines’ banner high, Filipino students bagged an impressive 143 awards at the 11th World Mathematics Invitational (WMI) held in South Korea. Amidst fierce competition from 17 countries and 1275 participants, the Philippine team radiated brilliance and demonstrated exceptional mathematical prowess in the global arena.

This remarkable performance was steered by the Asian MathSci League, Inc. (AMSLI), whose Grades 1-12 delegation outperformed their international counterparts in the WMI Finals held from July 14 to 18 at Yonsei University. The triumphant tally included 1 Star of the World Award, 2 Legend Awards, 4 Diamond Awards, 14 Gold Awards, 32 Silver Awards, 48 Bronze Awards, 41 Merit Awards, and a unique Silver Award in WMI’s special video creation mini-competition.

Leading the Filipino team to victory was Grade 6 Genesis Christian Academy’s prodigy, Mateo Inigo Espocia, recipient of the highly coveted Star of the World award for having the highest score among his peers in the country.

Two other bright sparks, Andrew Lorenz Cabigon from Sacred Heart School – Ateneo De Cebu and Dean Alistair Yu from Makati Hope Christian School, scooped up the Legend Awards, a testament to their consistent excellence as evidenced by their gold or diamond finishes for three consecutive years.

Makati Hope Christian School’s Chynna Lorin Co creatively combined math with sports, winning a Silver Award in the Mini Math Creative Competition (MMCC) with her instructive video about perfecting basketball shots through mathematical calculations.

See the full list of winners from Team Philippines here:

The president of AMSLI, Rechilda Villame, enthusiastically celebrated the students’ extraordinary achievement. “This triumph is a testament to the unwavering dedication and brilliance of our Pinoy students,” Villame stated in the organization’s report, adding, “However, this victory is not just a personal achievement for our students as it also symbolizes the resilience and determination of our nation.”

Villame concluded with an inspiring message, “Despite the hurdles we faced, we refused to let adversity dim our spirits. We hope that this success will inspire others to pursue their dreams relentlessly, reminding them that they, too, can overcome any obstacle.”

The WMI success follows a series of international accolades bestowed upon Filipino math wizards, who have recently shone at competitions including the International Mathematical Olympiad and the Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad.

With this massive win at the WMI Korea Finals, it is clear that the future of mathematics is shining bright in the Philippines. The success of these prodigious students sends a message to the world about the depth of talent and unyielding determination found in this nation of young achievers.

WATCH this Silver-winning video on how to make the perfect basketball shot using mathematical calculations and SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Team Philippines for its incredible haul of 143 awards at the 2023 World Mathematical Invitational in South Korea!

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