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Feb 15, 2005

MTG kids overwhelming topped and reaped medals in the concluded 3rd Ateneo Elementary Mathematical Olympiad (AMO) held at the Ateneo de Manila University Erwin Theater on February 10 to 11, 2005. The MTG kids swept seven out of the nine medals in the individual competition.

MTG kids Carmela Antoinette Lao of St. Jude Catholic School and Carlo Francisco "Paco" Adajar of Southridge School got the gold medals in the individual competition representing Grade 5 and 7 respecitvely. It was indeed a surprised revelation when Dr. Queena Lee-Chua announced that Carmela Lao obtained the highest individual scores for the Grades 5 and 6 levels and to the fact that the same test were given for both levels. It was even more shocking that the gold medalist in the grade 5 level is actually enrolled only in Grade 4 and thus declared her as the youngest competitor in the AMO. The judges were very much impressed with her solutions hence, gave her a perfect score in the said contest.

Hence, Carmela Lao received a standing ovation from the crowd upon the announcement of her victory. Dr. Jose Marasigan of the Ateneo Mathematics Department even extends to Carmela an invitation to train under their school’s Program for Excellence in Mathematics, which trains the Philippine delegates to the prestigious International Mathematics Olympiad.

In the team competition, the members of a team composed of three (3) Ateneans and one (1) MTG Kid. It was very obvious that the MTG kids led their respective team because all the solutions in the Challenge round presented to the audience were representative from the MTG. Likewise, Paco impressed the audience with his performance in the team contest where he led the Team 10 to a gold medal. His team got full 25 points in the challenge round.

Aside from Carmela and Paco, seven other members also won medals in the AMO. In the individual competition, Aldric Cristoval Reyes of Chiang Kai Shek College won the silver medal and Darwin Ivan Carrasco of Pamplona Elementary School got the bronze medal in the Grade 5 level, while Patrick Adrian Ong of St. Jude Catholic School bagged the silver medal in the grade 6 level and Angeline Baniqued of St. Paul’s College, Pasig and Kerish Villegas of La Salle Greenhills earned the silver and bronze medals respectively in the Grade 7 level.

Here are the final results of the competition:

Individual Competition

Grade 5
1st Place - Carmela Antoinette Lao, St. Jude Catholic School
2nd Place - Aldric Cristoval Reyes, Chiang Kai Shek College
3rd Place - Darwin Ivan Carrasco,Pamplona Elementary School

Grade 6
1st Place - Kevin Catbagan, Ateneo de Manila University
2nd Place - Patrick Adrian Ong,St. Jude Catholic School

Grade 7
1st Place - Carlo Francisco Adajar, Southridge School
2nd Place - Angeline Baniqued, St. Paul’s College, Pasig
3rd Place - Kerish Villegas, La Salle Greenhills
3rd Place - Mikhel Viado, Ateneo de Manila University

Team Competition
1st place – Team 10
Carlo Francisco Adajar, Southridge School
Juan Miguel Ocampo, Ateneo de Manila University
Rodolfo Eduardo Santiago, Ateneo de Manila University

2nd place – Team 5
Jillian Kristel Sy, St. Stephen’s High School
Anthony Aguilar, Ateneo de Manila University
Angelo Cortez, Ateneo de Manila University
Dustin Sy, Ateneo de Manila University

3rd place – Team 3
Jose Enrico Leceta, De La Salle Zobel
Kevin Humawig, Ateneo de Manila University
Carlos Puyat, Ateneo de Manila University
Mikhel Viado, Ateneo de Manila University

Other members of the MTG team are Aileen Giselle Chua of Grace Christian High School (Gr. 6), Immanuel Encarnacion of Colegio de San Agustin, Bi?an (Gr. 5), and Vance Mikhail Uy (Gr. 6) of St. Jude Catholic School.

Special thanks to MTG trainer Carlo Nerezena, a former MTG kids and now an active MTG trainer at Deeco Institute of Technology for his laudable contributions to the success of our MTG Kids, Mrs. Rechilda Villame for her dedicated service to the MTG, MTG parents and friends who showed their full support to the different events and programs of the MTG and lastly to our dearly MTG President, Dr. Simon L. Chua who always around to put flesh to the mission of MTG .

Congratulations to all the winners!

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