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May 01, 2009

Obvious as it may seem that speed, timing and precision are the bywords in any competition which ensure victory to be within anyone’s reach. As for the Filipino math warriors who participated in the 2009 Euclid Contest given in April 2009, their richly-stuffed math abilities plus the series of intensive trainings could have been very salient factors that strengthen their speed, timing and precision. Having brought those attributes into the 2009 Euclid Contest of the Canadian Mathematics Competition, at least seven of the Pinoy math wizards managed to emerge from the challenge posed by the Center for Education in Mathematics and Computing, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Waiving proudly the Philippine banner among the top scorers of other countries were Geraldine Baniqued of  St. Paul College- Pasig, Carmela Antoinette Lao of St. Jude Catholic School, John Russell Virata of Gideon Academy, Aldric Reyes and Matthew Ng of Chiang Kai Shek College, Zheng Rong Wu and Ricci Ryan Rojo of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School.

Indeed, it was not easy for the magic seven of the Philippines and the other participants to deal with the following topics on Euclidean and analytic geometry, trigonometry, including functions, graphs, identities, sine and cosine laws, exponential and logarithmic functions, functional notation, systems of equations, polynomials, including relationships involving the roots of quadratic and cubic equations, the remainder theorem, sequences and series, simple counting problems and properties of numbers. The Philippine top scorers underwent the 2 and a half hours in length 2009 Euclid Contest which consisted of 10 questions, each worth 10, for a total of 100. Questions were divided into answer only and full solution parts. There were no multiple choice questions. Competitors were reminded that marks for the full solution questions were assigned for form and style of presentation, as well as for answers. A poorly presented solution did not receive full marks.

Dr. Simon Chua, MTG president, extends his greetings and congratulations to the top scorers and at the same time commends other Filipino participants in the 2009 Euclid Contest for their involvement. Dr. Chua expresses his delight with what the results show but points out the importance to do something better in other international contests slated this year. He underscores the significance of training as a factor in winning in saying, “when you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win”.

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