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Filipino Students Win Gold in International Math Olympiad

After 30 years of participation, 2 Filipino students brought home gold medals from the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) that was held last July 6 – 16, 2016.

Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School (PSHS) scored 29 and Farrel Eldrian Wu of Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy scored 30 during the 57th IMO. They emerged victorious among 600 math Olympians from 100 participating countries. 

As if two gold medals were not enough, Clyde Wesley Ang (Chiang Kai Shek College) and Albert John Patupat (De La Salle University Integrated School) won each a silver medal. Ang  scored of 24 while Patupat garnered 23 points.

Honorable Mention awards were given to Vince Jan Torres (Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School) and Shaquille Wyan Que (Grace Christian College).

“This brought us closer to Southeast Asian powerhouses like Thailand (#12) and Vietnam (#11), and ranked us higher than usually strong countries like Bulgaria (#18), Germany (#19) and Romania (#20). This is the best finish of the country since it first participated in 1988,”  as per the team heads posted in  Facebookt.

The United States topped the IMO, followed by South Korea, China, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Richard Eden of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) was the team leader with other mathematics professors from ADMU and the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman. Louie John Vallejo of UP  as the Deputy Team Leader.

IMO participants solved complex math problems covering geometry, algebra (polynomials, inequalities and functional equations), number theory and combinatorics.

“The 6 problems appearing at the IMO are certainly very difficult that even the easiest of these is several times harder than the math problems that are usually encountered by high school students,” the team leaders wrote in the Facebook.

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