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MTG KIDS WIN 16 MEDALS, 17 OTHER AWARDS IN BULGARIA COMPETITION
Jul 09, 2018
By Jerry E. Esplanada
SOFIA, Bulgaria - The 29-member Philippine team - composed mostly of students from Metro Manila schools - has made the country proud by winning 16 medals and 17 other awards in the just-ended Bulgaria International Mathematics Competition (BIMC).
The young Filipino numbers aces from public and private elementary and high schools nationwide bagged one gold, four silver and 11 bronze medals in the 28-nation contest, held July 1 to 6 in the Black Sea coastal town of Burgas, some 380 kilometers east of the Bulgarian capital.
All wards of the non-government Mathematics Trainers' Guild Philippines (MTG), which promotes excellence in math education, the math whiz kids also received nine merit certificates and eight trophies from group and team contests.
Most, if not all of the Filipino students did not get any financial assistance from government unlike many of their counterparts in the field of sports.
China topped the BIMC with 13 gold medals while Thailand and Taiwan took home 11 and 9 golds to place second and third, respectively, followed by Hong Kong, also with 9 golds, and host Bulgaria and Vietnam with 8 golds each.
Next were Vietnam and Tajikistan with three and two gold medals, respectively.
The Philippines' lone gold medal came courtesy of 11-year-old Ethan Jared Chan from the British School of Manila in San Juan. The Grade 6 student said he "felt good about myself" as he dedicated his victory to his family, friends and school.
The silver medals were won by Stephen James Ty from Zamboanga Chong Hua High School, John Florence Dizon from Calamba Elementary School, Lance Heinrich Lim from St. Jude Catholic School and Jose Lorenzo Abad from Philippine Sciencr High Scjool-Main.
The bronze medalists included Sarji Elijah Bona from Palawan Hope Christian School, Sean Kendrick Yeo from PACE Academy, Armea Hela Sien Dimayacyac from Notre Dame of Greater Metro Manila, Frederick Ivan Tan from Philippine Science High School-Main, Gregory Charles Tiong, Naomi Anne King and Vanessar Ryane Julio, all from St. Jude Catholic School, Ma. Monica Manlises from St. Stephen's High School, Ralde Anuel Bautista from MGC New Life Christian Academy, Sted Micah Cheng from Hope Christian High School, and Justin Teng Soon Khoo from Regional Science High School III.
MTG co-founder and CEO Dr. Simon Chua lauded the Filipino math wizards for a "job well done."
Last year, Filipino students trained by MTG and its affiliates Math Development Academy of the Philippines and Philippine Brain Power Society garnered 1,157 medals, including 149 golds, in 15 contests abroad.
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