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Feb 05, 2005

The Mathematics Trainers' Guild, Philippines gathered some of its best MTG high school trainees natiowide as guest participants to the 3rd Ateneo Mathematics Olympiad (AMO 2005) High School Level held at the Ateneo de Manila High School on February 2, 2005. For the past two years, the AMO was given exclusively for Ateneo Students but this year, the AMO organizer headed by Ateneo de Manila University President Fr. Bienvido Nebres, Emeritus Professor Dr. Jose Marasigan and Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, Professor in Mathematics and Psychology for the first time invited the MTG to participate in the AMO 2005.

This mathematics olympiad is patterned after the prestigious International Mathematics Olympiad and is being supervised by the Ateneo de Manila University College Department Mathematics Faculty in line with its thrust of promoting mathematics excellence in the country. The Ateneo de Manila University College Department of Mathematics Faculty, the Ateneo Mathematics Society, and the Ateneo Problem Solvers Group adminstered and assisted the conduct of the contest. The Scholastic Publishing House was the major sponsor who provided special book prizes for the winners.

The competition has 2 parts, the individual written contest was held in the morning and the oral team contest was conducted in the afternoon at the ATENEO high school cover court. The later contest was more on a friendly contest since the team members were composed by both Ateneans and MTG kids. The contestants knew only their teammates after the individual competition in the morning.

In the team contest event, Team 6 got First Place composed of three MTG trainees namely John Garret Go of St. Stephen’s High School, Paul Julian Hao of Chiang Kai Shek College and Emmanuel Lance Plan VI (Ateneo representave but an MTG Trainee). They also earned a perfect sccore in the challenge round. Team 8 bagged the Second Place which is composed of MTG kids Jan Henry Ma of Trinity Christian School, Bacolod City and Andrew Yap of Xavier School while Team 7 won the Third Place composed of MTG trainees Charles William Ang of Chiang Kai Shek College and Stephanie Oliveros of Philippine Science High School.

The most exciting part of the contest was the announcement of winners in the individual contest event since the said contest was a test for the Best of the Best brains in mathematics. In Category A, a battle between 1st and 2nd year high school students, MTG Nellie Margaret Chua of Chiang Kai Shek College bagged the Gold Medal and was even commended by the members of the board of judges, Dr. Quenna Lee, Dr. Marasigan, Dr. Garces and Fr. Nebres for achieving a perfect score. They were all very impressed and surprised with the unique and elegant solution she presented on the paper. Likewise, MTG Stephanie Oliveros got the 3rd place and the only 1st year representative who made it in the top 3. In the Category B contest (combined 3rd year and 4th year levels), MTG Charles William Ang won the gold medal and was also commended for obtaining almost a perfect score while Alvin Bellesa an atenean at the same time an MTG trainee won the silver medal.

Other MTG trainees who participated in the AMO 2005 were Abigail Ceralde of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School, Chiara Lanuza of Philippine Science High School, Darren Medel S , Melissa Dy and Sam Christian Lee of Chiang Kai Shek College, Andrew Daniel Tan and Wesley Sy of Grace Christian High School, Jonathan Aldric Chua of St. Jude Catholic School, John Carlo Clerigo and Leo Telosa of San Beda College of Alabang and Miguel Isidro Carino represented Ateneo but also an MTG trainee.

Fr. Nebres hopes that in the future the Philippines will get gold medal in the International Mathematics Olympiad, (IMO) before he retires. He even compares mathematics with sports, that an individual who possessed talents and skills needs rigid trainings before he can reach the top. This challenges further attests how the MTG reaches out and carries the mission of the organization that is to continuously provide quality math trainings and education in the country.

MTG officers and parents who accompanied and showed their full support to the participants were Mrs. Rechilda Villame, Dr. Eduardo Dela Cruz, Mrs. Sanet Hipolito, Mr. Roberto J. Degolacion, Mrs. Suzette Lanuza, Mrs. Clerigo and MTG trainer Mr. Carlo Brian Angelo Necerena. The success of the olympiad redound to the dedicated and unsung leadership of MTG President Dr. Simon L. Chua, who even flew to Manila every weekend just to train this group of MTG kids and thus, the fruits of his labors continously harvesting successes and honors. MTG is very thankful with Arellano University Elementary Department, Chiang Kai Shek College, Deeco Technological Institute that served as the venue with the training of these MTG Kids. Again, congratulations to all the winners and may our MTG kids continue to reap medals in future mathematics competitions.

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