Filipino kids reap medals at world math olympiad in Japan

This is a press release from Asian MathSci League, Incorporated 

A Philippine delegation composed of students from kindergarten to senior high school raked in 184 medals and two trophies at the World Mathematics Invitational (WMI) held in Fukuoka, Japan from July 15 to 19.

The Philippine delegation brought home 10 diamond, 38 gold, 44 silver, and 57 bronze medals; and 32 merit prizes after two rounds of comprehensive written exams.

The WMI is the first Taiwan-founded international competition which aims to promote and advance mathematics education through challenging competition.

Participants from 21 countries joined the event, including Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Turkey, China, Hongkong, the Philippines, Singapore, Iran, and host country Japan.

“We feel much fulfilled to have accomplished such a glorious feat as all 181 of our mathletes finished with individual medals after months of rigorous and rigid training and review,” said Rechilda P.  Villame, Team Leader and President of the Asian MathSci League, Incorporated (AMSLI).

AMSLI is responsible for the country’s successful stints in the recent similar olympiads in the United States, Bulgaria, and Singapore.

Among the highlights of the team’s victory are special individual awards given to students who showed exemplary performance, and awards for the mini-math creative contest.

Lawrence Gabriel Dy, a Grade 12 student of CCF Life Academy received, The Star of the World trophy for being one of the top scorers from the Philippines.

Wesley Gavin Palomar, a Grade 9 student from Philippine Science High School Main Campus, received the prestigious Legend Award trophy, given to a student who has won a diamond or gold medal for 3 consecutive years.

The mini-math creative contest is an added event to the olympiad where students submit creative video projects discussing the application of math in daily life. Angela Clare Tan, (Grade 3, Tarlac Living Faith Academy) won the lone gold medal and a $300-cash prize, while Rhensis Benedict Lofamia (Grade 5, Jean-Baptiste of Reims College) and Chelsea Lianne Gomez (Grade 8, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School) each won bronze medals and a $100-cash prize.

Here is the complete list of winners from the Philippines:

Diamond medalists

Gold medalists

Silver medalists

Bronze medalists