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Aug 22, 2016

CHIANG MAI, Thailand - A group of young Filipino numbers aces took home a total of 19 medals - including two golds - and 11 trophies in the just-ended Thailand International Mathematics Competition (TIMC), held in this northern Thai city from Aug. 14 to 20.
     The 32-member Philippine math team also bagged five silver and 12 bronze medals, as well as 12 merit awards, in the 29-nation annual contest.
     Host Thailand and Bulgaria topped the TIMC with 10-15-17 and 10-3-7 gold-silver-bronze medal tallies, respectively, while Asian math powerhouses China and Taiwan won three golds each.
     Other countries which took part in the contest included Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, the Netherlands, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.
     The team from Singapore pulled out of the competition due to the reported bombing incidents in southern Thailand.
     The Filipinos' gold medals came courtesy of Fedrick Lance Lim and Vicente Raphael Chan, both from the Zamboanga Chong Hua High School in Zamboanga City, and wards of the non-government Mathematics Trainers' Guild Philippines (MTG), which promotes excellence in math education and training.
     Interviewed at the Phucome Hotel here, the contest venue, Lim dedicated his victory to the country, his school and family.
     "Each time we win medals and other honors in international math contest like the TIMC is a celebration of national pride," he said as he expressed surprise over getting a gold medal in what he described as a "tough competition."
     Chan failed to attend the event's awarding ceremony. He had to fly back to Manila ahead the rest of the Philippine delegation due to health reasons.
     Dr. Simon Chua, MTG co-founder and delegation head, cited the country's medalists for "a job well done," and "once again making our country proud."
     The silver medals were won by Dominic Lawrence Bermudez from Notre Dame of Greater Manila; Shawn Darren Chua from MGC New Life Christian Academy; Vanessa Ryanne Julio from St. Jude Catholic School; Annika Angela Mei Tamayo from Ateneo de Iloilo SMSC and Bryce Ainsley Sanches from Grace Christian High School.
     The bronze medalists were Immanuel Josiah Balete from St. Stephen's High School; James Matthew Young from Iloilo National High School; Mark Edward Gonzales from St. Paul College of Makati; John Henry Marquez from Philippine Science High School (Main); Ryan Jericho Sy from Chiang Kai Shek College; Jonathan Conrad Yu from Philippine Christian Gospel School; Robert Frederik Uy from St. John's Institute-Bacolod; Frederik Ivan Tan from Xavier School; Andrei Lenard Chan from Zamboanga Chong Hua High School; Jan Cedrick Quintin from Mother Goose Special School; Justin Teng Soon Khoo from Learning Circle, Inc., and Vince Dexter Ang from Philippine Cultural College.
     Merit certificates, on the other hand, were garnered by the following students: Sarji Elijah Bona from Palawan Hope Christian Academy; Marco Erano Dumale from De La Salle University Integrated School; Lance Heinrich Lim from St. Jude Catholic School; Jose Oliver Narvasa from Notre Dame of Greater Manila; Wesley Gavin Palomar from Falcon School; Rexza Mae Panaligan from Sta. Barbara Central Elementary School; Larence Gabriel Dy from CCF Life Academy; Jose Ignacio Locsin and Karl Raymond Roque, both from Philippine Science High School (Main); Raymund Carlo Masbano, St. John's Institute; Xuanye Li from Xavier School; and Andrhea San Gabriel, University of Baguio Science High School.
     The Filipino math wizards also won 11 trophies in TIMC group and team contests.
     Meanwhile, some members of the delegation urged the Duterte administration to provide financial support o Filipino math wizards taking part in international competitions.
     Both Dr. Isidro Aguilar, MTG president, and Joseph Wee, master teacher of the Zamboanga City High School, noted that "like our athletes, mathletes also bring honor and pride to the Philippines, their respective schools and families when they win medals in foreign contests."
     Aguilar cited the Taguig city government as "one of the few local government units nationwide providing full support to young math wizards."
     "We hope more LGUs would do the same," he added.
     Like Minerva Bianca Avecilla, a former MTG ward who now works for the Nielsen Co. in Pasig City, Fedrick Lance Lim expressed hope that "our mathletes' contributions will be recognized more at home, like they're recognized abroad."
     Their views were shared by Karl Raymond Roque, Jose Ignacio Locsin and John Henry Marquez as they all appealed to both the public and private sectors to invest more in math education and training, especially in public schools so more students could join the country's pool of math talents.
     Filipino mathletes would surely appreciate getting financial help and other forms of assistance from these groups, they added.
     The other Philippine delegation officials were Robert Degolacion, Jonathan Glorial, Renard Eric Chua and Jose Melchor Natividad, DepEd-Region 9 assistant regional director.

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