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Aug 30, 2008

Those who say that math is only for boys should think twice when seeing hundreds of girls converged for the 2008 China Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in Zhong San, Guandong, China on August 13-17, 2008. This competition is far from the ordinary since it contains really brain-racking and mind-boggling problems which make the only best in mathematics worthy to be in the circle of the very few survivors of the contest.

The China Mathematical Olympiad Committee was inspired of organizing the China Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in 2002 when its former executive, the Vice Chairman, Mr. Qiu Zonghu observed the very less participation of the girls in the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO). Thus, every August of every year, female participants coming from Russia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, China, and the USA come together to display their extraordinary mathematical skills through a competition.

Thus, this an-all girl math contest in China was designed to encourage the maximum participation of the math-gifted female group. This competition which starts from the difficult problems and ends in extremely tough and complicated problems gives the participants the exhaustive hours of burning their neurons in solving the problems. Indeed, the participating countries, in most cases, field participants with defined mathematical abilities for this is one of the hardest math contests that can match with the IMO.

The competition usually lasts for 2 days where four problems are to be completed within 4 hours each day has not only been very challenging but also very difficult to answer if mathematical prowess is uncertain. However, despite the intricacies of the problem, the participants of the Philippine team with their mathematical giftedness managed to obtain commendable scores which eventually made some of them to get silver and bronze medals.

The Philippines through the Mathematics Trainers’ Guild (MTG), Philippines- the country’s leading math organization in sending young Pinoy math wizards abroad for math competitions, sent six (6) math gifted female participants to compete with the foreign contenders from U.S.A. Russia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and China.

Geraldine Baniqued of St. Paul College-Pasig was awarded silver medal for her remarkable performance while her sister, Angeline Baniqued who comes from the same school garnered the bronze medal along with Stephanie Oliveros of Ateneo de Manila University.

The impressive achievement of the Philippine team has contributed largely by the remarkable roles of the other Pinoy participants namely, Carmela Antoinette Lao of St. Jude Catholic School, Gisel Ong of Grace Christian College, and Hazel Joy Shi of Philippine Cultural College.

In all these six years of the Philippines’ participation since the China Girls Mathematical Olympiad was organized seven years ago, this year has been a very fruitful and lucky year for the Philippines because this participation gave our team the medals our country and every participating country longed to have.

No less than Dr. Simon Chua, MTG President, headed the Philippine delegation along with MTG officers, Mr. Misael Jose Fisico and Mrs. Josephine Lorenzo Sy-Tan. “Being a participant in this competition is already a prestige and getting a medal means a superlative performance” Dr. Chua pointed out. He added, “it is very difficult to get even a bronze medal here because this contest is good only for those who successfully spell excellence.”

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