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Pinoy kids stamp class in 2018 World Mathematics Invitational

Aug 15, 2018 - 7:02 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Once again Filipinos shine in the 2018 staging of this top-caliber competition participated in by 22 countries

 GOLD. Member of the Philippine team who won gold medals in the 2018 World Mathematics Invitational in Seoul, South Korea.

Kurdish refugee wins 'Nobel of mathematics' Fields medal

Aug 01, 2018 - 11:57 PM

The Fields medal recognizes the outstanding mathematical achievements of candidates who were under 40 years old at the start of the year.

CAUCHER BIRKAR. Image from https://www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~cb496/

Young Pinoys bag 126 medals in Singapore math competition

Jul 25, 2018 - 3:08 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine Team wins 14 golds, 43 silvers, and 69 bronzes, with some students receiving multiple medals across three different categories

Photo from SEI DOST

PH ranks 3rd in international math contest

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:13 AM

7 members of the Philippine team receive gold medals in the individual round of the competition held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

At least 25% of jobs in Southeast Asia may be automated in next 2 decades – ILO

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:25 PM

'Lower-skilled jobs in labor-intensive sectors will be increasingly displaced by technology that is cheaper and more accessible,' says the International Labour Organization

REPLACED? The International Labour Organization reported at least a quarter of jobs in Southeast Asia may facer automation in the next 2 decades. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

PH math wizards win 87 medals in Thailand contest

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Filipino students win 14 gold, 25 silver and 33 bronze medals, 11 merit awards and 4 special prizes

A newly discovered prime number makes its debut

Feb 12, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The discovery is an excellent opportunity to take a small tour through the wonderful world of prime numbers to see how this result was achieved and why it is so interesting

The distribution of prime numbers from 1 to 76,800, from left to right and top to bottom. A black pixel means that the number is first, while a white pixel means that it is not. Wikipedia, CC BY

UP Rural student achieves 3-peat in Philippine Sudoku finals

Jan 29, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Candice Renee Beatrice Solidarios edges out other contestants to become champion in the Grand Master category of the 12th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge

Pinoy students bag 23 medals at Int’l Math and Science Olympiad in Singapore

Nov 26, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Here are the country’s medalists at International Mathematics and Science Olympiad for Primary School

MEDALISTS. Filipino students display their medals at the awarding ceremony of the 14th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad for Primary School in Singapore. Photo by MTG

PH, Thailand emerge as overall champions in 2017 Int’l Teenagers Math Olympiad

Nov 22, 2017 - 3:51 PM

PRESS RELEASE: About 500 contestants and coaches from 16 countries joined this year’s contest

Pinoy math wizards bag 273 medals in Singapore math contest

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:37 PM

The math wizards reap 32 gold 75 silver and 166 bronze medals at the International Mathematics Open for Young Achievers IMOYA

Good and bad news on aspirin and colon cancer – study

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:54 PM

It is now critical to ensure that aspirin delays the onset of colourectal cancer by a sufficient amount of time to avoid the negative effects of this trade off the study s authors say

Team Philippines tops Singapore International Math Contest with 245 medals

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:39 AM

China placed second while Thailand is third

MULTI-AWARDED. Some of the country’s 33 gold medalists being awarded at the 13th International Mathematics Contest in Singapore. Photo by MTG/Henry Castro

Filipino students bag 52 medals, awards in India math contest

Aug 03, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Here s the complete list of individual team and group contest winners from the Philippines

The country's elementary (left) and high school teams display the Philippine flag and their awards at the India International Mathematics Competition awarding ceremony. Photo by MTG

Philippine Team wins medals in International Mathematical Olympiad

Jul 26, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The Philippines won three silver medals and three bronze medals in the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad held in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

PHILIPPINE TEAM. From left to right: Dr. Louie John Vallejo, Clyde Wesley Ang (Bronze), Farrell Eldrian Wu (Silver), Shaquille Wyan Que (Bronze), Albert John Patupat (Silver), Kyle Patrick Dulay (Silver), Sean Anderson Ty (Bronze), and Dr. Richard Eden. Photo courtesy of DOST-SEI

Pinoy kids shine in 2017 World Mathematics Invitational

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:04 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine Team wins 10 gold 19 silver and 9 bronze medals and 3 merit awards in the Vietnam math olympiad

WINNERS. The Philippine Team bags multiple medals and awards at the World Mathematics Invitational 2017 in Vietnam. Photo from Asian Math Sci League Inc.

Pinoy math aces bag 4 awards in Hong Kong

Jul 20, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Alvann Walter Paredes Dy of St Jude Catholic School won the country’s silver medal at the 20th Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest

PH TEAM. Members of the Philippine team together with their coaches at the PMWC awarding ceremony in Hong Kong. Photo by MTG

Iran front pages mourn trailblazing woman mathematician

Jul 16, 2017 - 9:43 PM

There is an outpouring of grief from Iranians over her passing not least because she represented a more globalized and positive image of the country than usually depicted

TOP STORY. A picture taken in the capital Tehran on July 16, 2017 shows the front pages of Iranian newspapers bearing portraits of the top female scientist Maryam Mirzakhani, who died of cancer a day earlier.  Atta Kenare/AFP

Math 'genius' Maryam Mirzakhani dies, aged 40

Jul 15, 2017 - 9:42 PM

UPDATED The Iranian born mathematician is the first woman to win the Fields Medal widely viewed as the Nobel Prize of mathematics

MARYAM MIRZAKHANI. Stanford University professor Maryam Mirzakhani, first female recipient of the prestigious Fields Medal. Image courtesy Maryam Mirzakhani/Stanford University

Pinoy kids bag 4 medals at 21st Junior Balkan Math Olympiad

Jun 30, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Filipino high school students bagged two silvers and two bronze medals

12th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge launched

Mar 23, 2017 - 1:44 PM

More than P250 000 in cash prizes await winners

Millie Dizon (2nd from right), SM senior vice president for marketing and communications, and MTG president Dr. Isidro Aguilar (2nd from left) shake hands after signing an agreement to launch this year’s 12th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge and Family Math Quest together with Dr. Simon Chua (extreme right) and Myrna Agtarap (extreme left). Photo by MTG

In Indonesia, a bright future ahead for female gamers

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Indonesia is ahead of nearby nations like Singapore Laos and Cambodia in the ratio of women to men in the STEM workplace – and is only poised to welcome more women into the industry

WOMEN IN STEM. Indonesia has more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics than other neighboring countries. File photo by AFP

PH bags 35 math, science medals in Indonesia Olympiad

Nov 16, 2016 - 7:17 PM

Good job kids

PINOY PRIDE. Students from the Philippines show their medals and the Philippine flag at the awarding ceremony of the 13th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad for Primary School 2016 (IMSO) held in Indonesia. Photo: MTG

PH kids win 42 awards in Chiang Mai math contest

Aug 24, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Filipino students bring home 42 medals and awards from an international math contest held in Thailand

WINNERS. Filipino contestants together with their coaches display their medals at the 2016 Thailand International Mathematics Competition (TIMC) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo courtesy of Felipe Jr. Lim

Filipino math wizards bag 4 medals in China tilt

Aug 21, 2016 - 3:29 PM

The Philippine team composed of 4 students bags 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the 2016 China Western Mathematical Invitational CWMI contest

PH teams reap medals in 2 China math Olympiads

Aug 16, 2016 - 2:24 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Philippine teams reap medals at two of the toughest math contests in China

WINNERS. The Philippine teams at the 15th China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (top) and China Southeast Mathematical Olympiad (bottom). Photos courtesy of MTG

ICT, out-of-school youth programs hit by DepEd’s unspent P43B budget

Aug 10, 2016 - 11:09 AM

Failure in bidding out procurement contracts also affects the delivery of science and mathematics equipment and textbooks in 2015

Philippines tops Singapore math contest

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:48 PM

Philippine students reap over 200 medals at the International Mathematics Contest in Singapore edging out competitors from 12 other countries and territories

MEDALISTS. Gold medalists and grade level champions Julian Raymund Yu (seated left) of British School Manila and Jarrett Ian Lim of the Philippine Academy of Sakya (seated right) with Philippine team officials at the 12th International Mathematics Contest (IMC) in Singapore. Photo courtesy of Anthony Hejie Suralta

PH students bring home 9 awards from HK world math contest

Jul 18, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Twelve year old Raphael Dalida wins a gold medal after getting a perfect score in the contest s individual round

WINNERS. Filipino contestants show their medals and trophies at the awarding ceremony of the 19th Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest in Hong Kong. Photo by MTG Philippines

Int'l Math Olympiad: Filipino HS students finally bring home gold

Jul 17, 2016 - 11:13 AM

UPDATED The Philippine team also brings home two silver medals and two honorable mention awards

GOLD. The Philippines' representatives at the International Math Olympiad held last July 6 to 16 in Hong Kong all brought home medals. Photo courtesy of DOST-SEI

We knew math before we knew words

May 20, 2016 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] We have a wiring for language and another for doing high mathematics – be it algebra analytics geometry or topology

One-third of US tech 'innovators' are immigrants – study

Feb 25, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Researchers also find that women and US born minorities remain underrepresented in tech

Fil-Am kid gets perfect score in advanced calculus test

Jan 28, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Cedrick Argueta from Los Angeles the 17 year old son of a Filipina nurse and a Salvadoran maintenance worker is one of 12 students worldwide who gets a perfect score in the AP Calculus exam

Los Angeles student Cedrick Argueta in an interview with local station KTLA5. Framegrab courtesy KTLA5

10 social media stories that caught your attention in 2015

Jan 04, 2016 - 11:28 AM

BinayBwisitsUPLB PrayForJollibee AlDub and MissUniverse2015 are some of the most read Rappler social media stories in 2015

Filipino math wizards win 26 medals, awards in Malaysia tilt

Dec 16, 2015 - 11:47 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Philippine students win at the International Teenagers Mathematical Olympiad 2015 in Malaysia

WINNERS. Filipino math wizards proudly display the Philippine flag and the medals they won together with their coaches at the awarding ceremony of the International Teenagers' Mathematical Olympiad 2015 in Malaysia. Photo courtesy of MTG

PH tops international math contest

Oct 31, 2015 - 9:06 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Filipino kids win 53 medals and trophies in the competition

WINNERS: The medalists from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia (top) and champion Philippine Junior Team A (bottom) Jonathan Conrad Yu, Andrhea Angelina San Gabriel, Ryan Jericho Sy  and Fedrick Lance Lim with Dr. Isidro Aguilar, DepEd-Manila Division Superintendent Priscilla de Sagun, Dr. Archieval Rodriguez and Dr. Eduardo dela Cruz, dean of the Arellano University School of Education. Photo by MTG

Recto: P850M in DOST's 2016 budget for post-grad scholarships

Oct 07, 2015 - 9:08 AM

These MS and PhD graduates in science form the bedrock of our development If we want to grow this is one urgently needed human capital we must develop

PH tops Singapore Math Olympiad; Pinoy kid gets perfect score

Aug 20, 2015 - 2:47 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Nine year old Filbert Ephraim Wu gets a perfect score at the Singapore International Mathematics Olympiad Challenge – the only one among hundreds of contestants from different parts of the world

WINNERS. Members of the Philippine team display the Philippine flag and the medals they won in the Singapore math contest. Photo by MathDAP

PH students win 27 medals in China math contests

Aug 15, 2015 - 3:12 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The young Filipino delegations take home a total of 3 gold 2 silver and 22 bronze medals

WINNERS. The Philippine teams at the China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (top) and the 2015 World Mathematics Invitational in Guilin, China. Photos by MTG and MathDAP

PH kids win 138 medals in Hong Kong math challenge

Aug 13, 2015 - 4:34 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Filipino students win 12 gold 37 silver and 89 bronze medals in the International Mathematics Wizard Challenge in Hong Kong

WINNERS. Philippine students reap medals at the International Mathematics Wizard Challenge in Hong Kong from August 9-12, 2015. Photo courtesy of MTG

PH team wins 69 medals in China math olympiad

Aug 08, 2015 - 3:09 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Philippine whiz kids win 7 gold 24 silver and 38 bronze medals at the 2015 China Primary Math Olympiad

PH TEAM. The Philippine delegation at the 2015 China Primary Math Olympiad. Photo courtesy of MTG

PH whiz kids win in 2 int'l math contests in China

Aug 04, 2015 - 10:17 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Philippine students pull off winning performances at the 12th China Southeast Mathematical Olympiad CMSO and the 2015 China International Mathematics Competition CIMC

WINNERS. Young Philippine math wizards win in two international math competitions in China. Photo courtesy of MTG

DepEd admits delay in buying science, math kits worth P2.56B

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:45 PM

To date the department is still bidding out contracts for over 82 000 science and math equipment using allocations from its 2014 and 2015 budgets

Singapore high school math problem stumps the Internet

Apr 14, 2015 - 2:16 PM

A math problem that first appeared in a test for Singapore s elite high school students baffles Internet users around the world after it goes viral

VIRAL DILEMMA. The photo of the Singapore math problem that went viral in social media over the weekend.

Modeling the zombie apocalypse: Head for the hills

Mar 05, 2015 - 9:21 AM

A mathematical model suggests cities would fall quickly in a zombie apocalypse but it would take weeks for a zombie plague to penetrate rural areas

RUN TO THE HILLS! In this file photo, people costumed as ghouls and zombies gather at a Zombie flash mob in central park of St.Petersburg, Russia, 16 August 2014. Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

Ateneo student bags PH Sudoku champ title

Feb 03, 2015 - 2:13 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Kaye Janelle Yao a 17 year old student of Applied Mathematics Major in Mathematical Finance at Ateneo tops the Grand Master division for college students and professionals

Indians invented aviation? Scientists debate ancient discovery claims

Jan 08, 2015 - 1:01 PM

A series of sensational claims triggers a furious debate in Indian academic circles amid warnings that nationalist breast beating could undermine the country s burgeoning scientific reputation

PH overall champion in Indonesian math contest

Dec 30, 2014 - 3:46 PM

PRESS RELEASE: All 8 delegates from the Philippines won medals and awards in the 1st Challenge for Future Mathematicians 2014 held in Bogor from December 26 to 29

WINNERS. The Philippine team at the awarding ceremony of the 1st Challenge for Future Mathematicians 2014 in Bogor, Indonesia. They are team leader Elmer Apistar, Aiman Andrei Kue, Dominic Lawrence Bermudez, Maxinne Louise Dominique Co, Naomi Anne King, Immanuel Josiah Balete, Steven Reyes, Jose Lorenzo Abad, Vanessa Ryanne Julio and team leader Renard Eric Chua. Photo courtesy of MTG

PH overall champion in India math contest

Dec 09, 2014 - 1:08 PM

PRESS RELEASE: All 18 Philippine delegates win in the 6th International Young Mathematicians’ Convention IYMC in Lucknow India

WINNERS. The Philippine team members with their coaches show the medals they won in the India math contest. Photo by MTG

The wRap Indonesia: Oct. 27, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Initial reactions to Jokowi s cabinet the results of the 2014 Jakarta Marathon Kalla s latest statement on the fuel price hike and more

WORKING CABINET. President Joko Widodo (C) accompanied by his Vice President Jusuf Kalla (C-R) and some of his new ministers at the State Palace in Jakarta on October 26, 2014. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA