Filipino math aces top Singapore tilt with 23 golds, 45 silvers, 93 bronzes


MANILA, Philippines—With a medal haul of 23 golds, 45 silvers and 93 bronzes, a group of young Filipino numbers aces—mostly elementary and high school students from Metro Manila—topped the just-ended 2013 Singapore International Mathematics Contest, held on August 4 at the Global Indian International School in the so-called “Lion City.”

The good news was relayed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer by Dr. Simon Chua, president of the non-government Mathematics Trainers’ Guild-Philippines (MTG) and head of the Philippine delegation, on Monday night upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

China placed second in the 10-nation competition, winning a total of 22 gold, 44 silver and 67 bronze medals, while host Singapore got 20 golds, 39 silvers and 67 bronzes.

Taiwan collected 17 gold medals, followed by Indonesia, South Korea and Thailand with 12 golds each, while Hong Kong and Iran each got two gold medals. India did not win any gold, but took home three bronzes.

Jan Kendrick Ong, a sophomore high school student of the Chiang Kai Shek College in Manila and one of the Philippines’ gold medalists, was named top scorer in his division, Chua said.

The country’s other gold medals came courtesy of Naomi Anne King from St. Jude Catholic School in Manila; Bryce Ainsley Sanchez and Min Chan Jeong, all from Grace Christian College in Quezon City; Ryan Jericho Sy and Terence Bryan Tsai, both from Chiang Kai Shek College; Robert Gerard Uy from St. John’s Institute in Quezon City; Lou Irish Gonzales and Lorenz Matthew Teh, both from Pasig Catholic College in Pasig City; Mark Uy from Xavier School in San Juan City; Kyle Patrick Dulay, Justine John Serdoncillo, Raphael Villaluz, Alyssa Guevarra, and Rafael Jose Santiago, all from the Philippine Science High School (Main) in Quezon City.

Angelika Joie Tagupa from Colegio San Agustin in Makati City; Ann Kaila Recio from Philippine Institute of Quezon City; Hans Markson Tan and Miko Johnson Co, both from St. Stephen’s High School in Manila; Almira Beatrice Uy from Pace Academy in Quezon City; Mark Davidson Cua from Pangasinan Universal Institute; and Albert John Patupat and Vince Jan Torres from Holy Rosary College and Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School, respectively, both in Laguna.

Chua commended the Filipino math wizards for a “job well done.” The MTG trained the team members.

During the 2012 edition of the SIMC, the Philippines took home a total of 96 medals, including 19 golds.

This year’s SIMC awarding ceremonies were held on Monday, at the D’Marquee Downtown East complex.

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  • AllinLawisFair

    Didn’t you notice that most of the participants of the Philippine team are of Chinese parentage? We hope that they will someday serve as the pillars of this nation which their parents have chosen as their adopted country.

    • ReneV

      Chinese ancestry as Filipinos have. They were born in the Philippines that’s why they studied in schools within the Republic. Filipino citizens all.

      • Chihuahua

        from private schools run by Philippine Chinese using tried and true Chinese methodologies with strong Chinese discipline, focus and will to succeed against all odds. Phil Chinese are the most unheralded treasure of the Philippines.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Filipinos are the treasure whatever racial origins!

      • Chihuahua

        Now you are talking? What happened to your usual racist chant? I refer you to my response to another of your comments to me in a thread about 1 or 2 threads above.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        The only racist posters here are you 50c trolls! Just examine the present thread where you emphasize their descent & the schools they went to, implying that they are separate from the populace which furthers your racist crap furthering your credo that the other inhabitants of neighboring countries are inferior, & should therefore mind their manners when dealing with someone with Chinese blood. I have many friends of chinese heritage, but see that there are some like you who wants obeisance from the locals & those are the ones I shun. So take a flying fock Sir Fockhead!

    • takeno12

      You are assuming those youth are first generation Chinese-Filipino. Most of them are probably third generation already, so it’s not just them who are very Pinoy but also their parents and grandparents.
      But yeah, hopefully these Chinese-Filipino youth get to serve their country well in the near future.

  • ofwme2807

    China with hundreds of millions of math students, was beaten by the Philippines, whose population is less than 1/12 and whose sad state of schools they always say and report but competitions like this prove them all wrong…I thought the chinks are geniuses in math but Filipinos are math wizards…Congratulations to all who represented the Philippines in the competition and of course their trainers…

    • go88

      Chinks math geniuses? Hardly … Part of my academic job I teach maths and programming to masteral students ) and they are not brilliant, … lately I’ve been to the PhD defense of one chinese student -said to be one of guangzou’s best math students- the girl was completely humiliated, she couldn’t answer to one single question the (russian) examining commitee asked.

      • Chihuahua

        Your academic credential does not fit your racist derogatory remarks. Besides, majority or almost 80 percent of the kids are Phil Chinese from Phil Chinese private school around the nation. Aren’t you proud of the rich Chinese heritage in your culture?

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        People here mostly mixed. Those kids are Filipinos, period. Why the obsession of the purebred sh#t which made you inbred morons?

      • Chihuahua

        Oh, I see. Aren’t you one of those racist, like this Go88 guy, who frequently post on this forum directing your pure unmitigated hatred, offensive derogatory slurs, and all manners of profanities against ALL Chinese in the Philippines regardless if they and their families are 4,5, 3,,2 or 1st generation born and raised in the land? So now just because these kids of mostly Chinese ethnic origins are bringing glory (which the nation sorely needed) you have a change of heart now? OMG Holly Baloney, isn’t this a miracle? An overnight transformation of your ideals, value and beliefs? If so good for you!!! Is it possible you have finally seen the truth and the light? You have saved yourself and no longer blinded? Now lets assume you are finally doing something with your sorry racist ideals and is trying to save yourself, why not also clean up your act first by trying to refrain from using offensive words and circumventing the forum’s auto edits and checks for these types of flagged words by the use of characters like xxx to cover your obviously offensive words? I know bad habits especially those that are already so ingrained in your personality and character is going to be very tough and rough, just like someone undergoing a drug or character defect rehab. But at least, for now, by just embracing these Phil Chinese kids as Filipinos regardless of their ethnic background is a good start. BRAVO!!!!! And Keep it up!!!!!!!!!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Sir Fockhead, we have never slammed overseas Chinese as many are good people, only those working for the PRC propaganda units like your 50c Party specially which consistently wants to tout the superiority of being Chinese & looks down on the inhabitants of surrounding countries in the old-style imperialism, itself based on a racist view that the darker and lesser natives inhabiting the rest of Asia are subordinate to the Middle Kingdom. You insist on the hyphenated segregation from the local populace & like in the U.S. the population here in the PH are mixed making it not up to your purity standards. So shet on you Sir Fockhead, claims now being a model of good manners just like a chameleon is so just like you! Take a flying fock up your arse, Sir Fockhead!

      • .Hugo

        so when some “filipinos” having a chinese last name said or wrote anything to your dislike, then they are chinese communists. got it.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        You a Filipino? That’s like Hitler calling himself Jew, if you can wrap your mind about that, focken’ troll !

      • .Hugo

        and if some “flipinos” having a chinese last name said or wrote anything to your like, then they are true filipinos regardless of ancestry.

        otherwise they are chinese communists.

        got it.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        I can’t actually read your blabber, so let me just advise you one basic truth: You came from a wh@ring mama & you’re the product of incest!!

      • .Hugo

        you have been making racist comments all the time, don’t play saint now.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        So what, you focking deserve it. Now go ask a medal for good behavior from them & go f@ck your stinky partner for all we care!

      • .Hugo

        so what? well that’s simple:

        typical native filipinos can do nothing but just being lazy and slack.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Fock your stinky mother’s arse then! My dog won’t even have a go from where you were!

      • .Hugo

        ok, so when are we going to see a philippine space program?

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        When you can do something original not a late copycat program of others, that’s when. Take that flying fock to where the sun doesn;t shine on you! I won’t argue with you, expect more cusses troll!

      • .Hugo

        ok so that’s indefinitely.

        not surprising…..

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Got the opposite meaning term friggin’ troll. Take a flying fock again!

      • .Hugo

        with all factors considered, you need a miracle for the philippines to catch up.

        yes, pray more and ask for god’s mercy, just like the way your country flirts japan for charity.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        You pray your arse doesn’t stink up & keep your mama from wh@ring. Take a flying fock to her if you wish!

      • .Hugo

        so i can see from you how non-chinese filipinos do maths, they think it’s just swearing, haha….

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Your mama does stink that why you do too! Fock her to relax!

    • Chihuahua

      Beaten by Filipino kids of Chinese ancestry educated in mostly Phil Chinese run private schools….that’s for the records and proud to represent the nation as Filipinos.

  • dabianang_payat

    sa survey hindi kasali sa mga top top ang mga schools ng pinas, pero hayan talo un nga nasa top sa survey..

  • ofwme2807

    We need more government funding and support to these young geniuses through more grants, scholarships, trainings, exchanges and exposure to these kinds of competition and we will see progress…PNoy and your government make continuous improvements and standards of education in government schools, universities and make education accessible and free to all Filipinos…

  • athenapallas

    We should produce more scientists and engineers, encourage the youth to aspire more in the field of science.

    No more lawyers! Lawyers are now a dime a dozen in the Philippines and most of them become unscrupulous and immoral because of money and greed and the desire for power when they become politicians. They twist the truth in order to win, principle means nothing to them.

  • gill

    I am proud of you,
    we are all part of he and she.
    I shall share your honor,
    I shall share your glory.

  • gerp

    world class pinoys…congratulations!!!

  • John P.

    I’m just a American bystander reading this about the Filipino math wizards. My heart goes out to them for making the Philippines and their parents so proud. I have been in love with the Philippines ever since I married my Cebuano over 26 years ago.
    It is the Filipino people who make it such a great country.

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