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by Allan Yves Briones

Another team of young Filipino math wizards has brought home the bacon.

This time from the prestigious Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest (PMWC) held from July 15 to 19 in Hongkong where eight Filipino Grade 5 students bagged 11 medals and a trophy, all the while facing the stiffest competition from US, China, South Korea and Singapore, among many others.

The Philippine team won two silver and four bronze medals in the individual contest, and four silver medals and a trophy in the team contest.

“We congratulate our Filipino contestants for winning awards in the contest. We are very proud of their feat,” said Dr. Isidro Aguilar, president of the Mathematics Trainers’ Guild which is responsible for leading the Philippine delegation.

Snatching two silver medals from their competition in the individual contest are Jerome Austin Te of Jubilee Christian Academy and Michael Gerard Tongson of Stonyhurst Southville International School-Malarayat.

Just edging out the competition are individual bronze medalists Kody Briones of Emmanuel Christian School, Iris Lexi Ababon of Colegio San Agustin-Makati, Sophie Jill Co of Pace Academy, and Sean Jang of Elizabeth Seton School-South.

In the team contest, Ian Gabriel Hong of Pace Academy, Tongson, Te and Briones, grabbed first runner-up and were awarded silver medals and a trophy.

“We’re incredibly proud to be able to represent our country in the toughest math competitions in the world. We try very hard to show that we Filipinos can compete with the very best – all it takes is a brave heart and a lot of hard work,” Briones said.

A total of 144 students joined the 22nd year of PMWC from the US, Australia, South Korea, China, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Young Filipino math wizards are well-respected in the international contest community, routinely bagging numerous awards.

In 2018, they took home 33 medals from the Bulgaria International Mathematics Competition. At the International Young Mathematicians Convention held in India, another team took home another 33.

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