MANILA - The Philippines has gained its third gold medal in the prestigious International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).
During the competition held from July 3 to 14 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the country won a gold medal, a silver medal, two bronze medals, and two honorable mentions.
Albert John Patupat of De La Salle University Integrated School bagged the country’s third gold medal in what is dubbed the “Olympics of Math competitions”.
Previous IMO gold medalist Kyle Patrick Dulay (Philippine Science High School - Main Campus) won a silver medal this year, while first-timer Emmanuel Osbert Cajayon (Emilio Aguinaldo College) and veteran Shaquille Wyan Que (Grace Christian College) each received bronze medals.
Andres Rico Gonzales II (DLSU Integrated School) and Sean Anderson Ty (Zamboanga Chong Hua High School) each bagged an honorable mention award.
The Philippines placed 38th in the contest joined by 107 countries.
The country’s delegation was accompanied by team leaders Dr. Richard Eden and Dr. Christian Paul Chan Shio of Ateneo De Manila University, along with trainer Carlo Francisco Adajar of University of the Philippines Diliman.
The students were able to join the contest through the efforts of Mathematical Society of the Philippines with aid from sponsors Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. Foundation and Manulife Business Processing Services, and in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).
“Our young math wizards made us proud today, but I hope the claps and cheers for them in the future would come from Filipinos they’ve helped improved lives through their outstanding mathematical abilities,” DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo said in a statement.
She lauded the Team as well as the MSP for enthusiastically maintaining a strong presence for the country in global mathematics competitions.