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Jul 29, 2014

DAEJEON, South Korea - A group of young Filipino numbers aces - mostly elementary and high school students from Metro Manila - won a total of 27 medals, including five golds, in the just-ended 2014 Korea International Mathematics Competition (KIMC) here in the so-called "Science City" in this north Asian country.
The Philippine math team also bagged five silvers, 17 bronzes and 12 merit awards in the 31-nation contest, held from July 22 to 25 at the Korea Baptist Theological College.
The Philippines' individual gold medals came courtesy of Clyde Wesley Ang and Albert John Patupat, both Grade 8 students of Chiang Kai Shek College in Manila and Holy Rosary College in  Sta. Rosa, Laguna, respectively. The other three golds were won in the team contest.
The silver medalists were Shaquille Wyan Que from Grace Christian College in Quezon City; Eion Nikolai Chua from MGC New Life Christian Academy in Taguig City; Jonathan Conrad Yu from Philippine Christian Gospel School, and Fredrick Lance Lim from Zamboanga Chong Hua High School in Zamboanga City.
The bronze medals were won by Mico Johnson Co from St. Stephen's High School in Manila; Kelsey Lim Tiong Soon from Grace Christian College; Vince Jan Torres from Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School in Laguna; Andrea Jaba and Audrey Lee Sy, both from St. Jude Catholic School; Kylee Wiona Sy from Pace Academy; Juan Pablo Abola from Paref-Southridge in Muntinlupa City, and David Alexander Amante from Canossa Academy in Lipa City.
The Filipinos' medal haul put them at sixth place overall behind powerhouse China, which garnered 44 medals, including 13 golds. 
Singapore placed second with 11 gold medals, followed by Hong Kong, Taiwan and Bulgaria with 8, 7 and 6 golds, respectively.
Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan took the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth places. Host South Korea placed 15th.
Other KIMC participating countries include Russia, Canada, Mexico, Romania, Iran, Kazakhstan, India, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and South Africa, among others.
The Filipino merit awardees were Alyssa Guevarra, Philippine Science High School; Isabel Jocyn Villanueva, Paref-Woodrose School; Jinger Chong, Naomi Anne King, Isabel Mae Tan and Gregory Charles Tiong, St. Jude Catholic School; Marjana Ysabella Montanez, Gen. Pio del Pilar Elementary School; Ma. Leibniz Charisse Parra, St. Paul College-Pasig; Regina Beatrice Bonifacio, Mother Goose Special School System; Robert Gerard Uy, St. John's Institute; Hans Benedict Gaw Te, Bacolod Tay Tung High School; and Albiz Moore Bagsic, Lilyrose School.
Pedro Melchor Natividad, OIC superintendent of the DepEd's Zamboanga City Division and head of the Philippine delegation, hailed the team members for "performing their level best to bring honor and glory to our country."
For his part, Dr. Simon Chua, president of the non-government Mathematics Trainers' Guild Phils., which trained the young math wizards, cited the MTG wards for "a job well done," adding he was "proud of the team."
Aside from Chua and Natividad, the other delegation officials include Dr. Eduardo de la Cruz, Dr. Isidro Aguilar, Robert Degolacion, Joseph Wee, Rechilda Villame, Arvie Ubarro, and Concesa Rapacon.
From this city, located about 153 kilometers southeast of Seoul, the South Korean capital, the Philippine team flew back to Manila last Saturday.

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