AT LEAST two young mathematicians from Eastern Visayas won gold and silver at the prestigious 15th International Mathematics Contest (IMC) held from August 2 to 5 in Singapore.
The award-winning young math wizards are Mike Henry New Lin from Leyte Progressive High School, Tacloban City, who won gold, and Mark Christian Mendoza from Samar Colleges in Catbalogan City, who won silver.
In November 18, 2018, Lin and his mother Janice New Villamor-Lin also became the national champions of the Grade 2 Category, Parent-Child Tandem during the 3rd Family Math Quest held at SM City, North Edsa, which was sponsored by Mathematics Trainer's Guild (MTG) Philippines, Department of Education (DepEd), SM and Sharp, according to the Leyte Progressive High School Admin Facebook Page.
The mother and son tandem was also champion in the Regional Round-Eastern Visayas last October 27, 2018 at Philippine Science High School, it added.
Meanwhile, Lin and Mendoza’s awards contributed to the overall 189 medals garnered by the Philippine delegation during the competition in Singapore.
The country bagged 27 gold, 54 silver, and 108 bronze medals, as well as 80 merit awards for a total of 269 awards.
"Congratulations to our Filipino students for achieving a bountiful harvest of medals this year at IMC. We commend them for their hard work," said Isidro Aguilar, president of the MTG.
Heading the Philippine delegation was Felix Romy Triambulo, schools division superintendent of Zamboanga City, along with team leaders Manuel Kotah, Arvie Ubarro, Myrna Agtarap, and Resicito Navarro.
The competition was participated by 15 countries and territories: Australia, Bulgaria, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
In 2018, the country won 27 gold, 53 silver, and 116 bronze medals at the 14th IMC in Singapore.
Young Filipino mathematicians also won at the 22nd Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest in Hong Kong, and the 13th Asian Finals of the World Math-Fusion Olympiad, and 10th Global Finals of SPEAK International Competition in Malaysia. (SunStar Philippines)