- The Philippines has won a gold medal for the first time since it first joined the prestigious International Mathematical Olympiad in 1988
- Team Philippines brought home gold medals from the international math competition held in Hong Kong from July 6 to 16
- Aside from bagging the gold medals, other members of the team clinched silver medals and honorable mention awards
Filipino math geniuses Farrell Eldrian Wu (Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy) and Kyle Patrick Dulay (Philippine Science High School) bested around 600 participants at the 57 International Mathematical Oylmpiad (IMO) to win gold by scoring 30 and 29 points respectively.
The country’s delegation consisting of six high school students solved complex math problems covering geometry, algebra (polynomials, inequalities, and functional equations), number theory, and combinatorics.
Dr. Richard Eden (Ateneo de Manila University) and Dr. Louie John Vallejo (University of the Philippines), who are the contingent’s team leaders, said that this year’s problems are indeed challenging.
(Source: Facebook/Go for Gold: Philippine IMO Team)
“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 said in a post.
Further, they noted that, “These six problems are administered to all contestants over the span of two days, and the three problems in each day are to be tackled within four and a half hours.”
Team Philippines ranked 17 overall with a total score of 133. The current ranking is a huge leap from being number 36 out of 104 countries last year.
Aside from the two gold medalists, Clyde Wesley Ang (Chiang Kai Shek College) and Albert John Patupat (De La Salle University Integrated School) earned silver medals each. They scored 24 and 23 points respectively.
On the other hand, Vince Jan Torres (Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School) and Shaquille Wyan Que (Grace Christian College) received honorable mention awards for completing at least one problem.
The team’s impressive performance is the best finish of the country since first participating in 1988. The Philippines is now “ranked closer to Southeast Asian powerhouses like Thailand (#12) and Vietnam (#11)” and even ranked higher than countries like Bulgaria (#18), Germany (#19) and Romania (#20).
The 2016 math competition was topped by the United States and closely followed by South Korea, China, Singapore, and Taiwan.