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MTG TEAM WINS 4 MEDALS, PLACES 7TH OVERALL IN 21-NATION MOLDOVA CONTEST
Jul 08, 2021
By JERRY E. ESPLANADA
A group of young Filipino math wizards made the country proud by winning four medals, including a gold, in the 25th Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (JBMO), hosted by Moldova in Eastern Europe.
The six-member Philippine team. composed of public and private high school students, also bagged two silvers and one bronze in the July1 online contest.
With its medal haul, the team placed joint seventh overall in the 21-nation competition with Cyprus, which got the same number of medals.
The Philippines' lone gold medalist was Mohammad Nur Casib, a Grade 8 student of the Philippine Science High School's Central Mindanao campus In Marawi City.
The silver medalists were Ephraim Filbert Wu from Victory International School in Pasig City ad Ervin Joshua Bautista from Southville International School in Las Pinas City. Wu and two other Filipino students each garnered a bronze medal in the 2020 edition of the JBMO in Greece.
This year's bronze medalist was Armea Dimayacyac from the Philippine Science High School Main Campus in Quezon City.
The other team members were Alexandra Gochuan from St. Jude Catholic School in Manila and John David Magnaye, also from the PSHS Main Campus.
They are all wards of the non-government Mathematics Trainers' Guild Phils. (MTG), established in 1995 to promote excellence in math education in the country, as well as meet international standards.
Romania topped the JBMO with three golds and three silvers, followed by Saudi Arabia, also with three golds but with only one silver plus two bronzes and Kazakhstan with two golds, one silver and two bronze medals.
In the medal tally, they were followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and France.
Other JBMO participating nations were North Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Albania, Croatia, Greece, Indonesia, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and host Moldova.
In the online competition, each country was represented by six students.
There were three perfect scorers in the contest -- contestants from Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.
"Next in line are the gold medalists, including our very own Mohammad Nur Casib," noted Dr. Simon Chua, MTG co-founder and CEO.
Both Chua and team leader and coach Renard Chua lauded the Philippine team members for a "job well done" and "inspiring their fellow students, including potential math wizards."
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