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RP math team hauls 12 medals in Taiwan contest

First Posted 12:11:00 08/14/2010

MANILA, Philippines -- With only a dozen members, the Philippine team failed won four silver and eight bronze medals in the just-concluded 2010 Hau Lo Geng Golden Cub International Mathematics Competition in Taiwan.

The haul landed the Philippines in fifth place in the seven-nation contest, according to Dr. Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers' Guild-Philippines, a non-governmental organization that promotes excellence in math training and education and has been training the RP team members.

The Chinese and Taiwanese teams, both 96-strong, topped the contest with 35-56-50 and 13-10-13 gold-silver-bronze medal tallies, respectively.

Chua told the Inquirer on Saturday he was happy the team rose to the challenge.

"They may not have toppled China and Taiwan, but at least all 12 of them took home a medal," he said

The 32-man Hong Kong team was third with two golds, six silvers and 11 bronzes, followed by Singapore with one gold and nine bronzes.

Macau and Malaysia took the sixth and seventh places in the competition, held on Friday in Chang Hua county, a three-hour drive from Taipei.

The Philippines' silver medals came courtesy of Ma. Czarina Lao and Austin Eldrich Chua, both from St. Jude Catholic School; Jason Fernandez from San Beda College-Alabang; and Mario Antonio Ongkiko from Xavier School.

The bronze medals were won by Jonn Angel Aranas from Makati Science High School; Ethan Riley Chan from Zamboanga Chong Hua High School; Kaye Yao from Grace Christian College; John Alexander Co from Xavier School; Jason Tan and Benson Tan, both from Jubilee Christian Academy; Philip Lizarda from San Beda College-Alabang; and Aljan Balbuena from Sen. Renato Cayetano Memorial School of Science and Technology.

Meanwhile, the 32-member Philippine team to the 2010 China Junior High School Math Olympiad bagged a total of two silver and 55 bronze medals in the seven-nation competition in Tianjin City, located in northeastern China.

The Chinese team, composed of young math wizards from Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, ruled the contest, held on Aug. 8 at the Tianjin Bin Hai Yao Hua International School.

The RP team's silver medalists were Julie Anne Co from Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas and Justin Bryan Chong from Grace Christian College.

Co and Chong also won one bronze medal each.

The following students each won two bronze medals in the contest: Trisha Nicole Aman from Naga Hope Christian School; Keith Brian Yu, Charles Kenneth Lui and Gari Lincoln Chua, all from St. Jude Catholic School; Matt Levin Tan, Rachel Rojo and Charina Raisa Tan, all from Zamboanga Chong Hua High School; Katrina Andrea Serrano from PSHS-Southern Mindanao; Luigi Serafico and Niccolo Roland Luna, both from La Salle Green Hills; Braunwald Ramiro from Bohol International Learning Center; Katrina Mae Palaganas from Negros Occidental Science High School; Jessica Mae Orense from Colegio San Agustin-Makati; Celina Ysabel Gacias from PAREF Woodrose School-Manila; Mark John Dy, John Paul Calicdan and Eula Daphne Chua, all from Pangasinan Universal Institute; Kimberly Louise Co from Immaculate Conception Academy; Christian Johanne Co from Center for International Education-Cebu; Brandon Chan from Philippine Cultural College; Janine Caryl Bisnar from Integrated Montessori Center-Taguig; Christian Bermejo from Trinity Christian School-Bacolod; and Apol Kristoffer Barnuevo from Iloilo Central Commercial High School.

Those who won one bronze medal each were Rommel Alcantara from Manresa School; Mikhail Sergei Bumanglag from Marist School-Marikina; Marvin Joshua Chan from St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur; John Rolie Escobia and Mark Louie Magallanes, both from Negros Occidental Science High School; Diane Marie Molina from Iloilo Central Commercial High School; and Olsen John Ong from Trinity Christian School-Bacolod City.

Last year, the Philippines won nine silver and 34 bronze medals in the same competition.

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