07 November 2011

Pinoy rules world Math competition


An 11-year-old Filipino boy defeated 191 students from all over the world to emerge as the individual champion in the four-day World Mathematics Team Championship (WMTC), which concluded here Sunday.
The individual feat of Farrel Eldrian Wu, a Grade 6 pupil of the MGC New Life Christian Academy in Taguig City, was the “icing on the cake” for the Philippines as its primary school team wound up second place over all in the contests held from November 2-6.
Wu bested competitors from different countries, including the US and China, to win the gold medal in the primary division individual contest held at the Jiuhua Resort and Convention Center, China.
“I dedicate this award to the glory of God and to the Philippines,” Wu said after the awarding ceremony presided over by Quan Lam from the University of California-Berkeley and Zhou Guozhen, co-chairmen of the WMTC executive committee.
The 47-member Philippine delegation broke into loud applause and cheers as the names of the Filipino students were announced as winners.
Besides Wu, two other primary school pupils won gold in the individual contest. They are Clyde Wesley Ang of Chiang Kai-Shek College and Miguel Lorenzo Ildesa of the PAREF Westbridge School in Iloilo City.
Winning individual silver medals are Andrea Jaba of the Saint Jude Catholic School and Sedrick Scott Keh of Xavier School in the primary division, and Ma. Czarina Angela Lao of Saint Jude Catholic School and Raenelle Ean Ngo of Chiang Kai-Shek College won in the middle school division.
The Philippines Team 1 was declared second over all in the primary division team contest. Its members are Wu, Ang, Ildesa, Jaba, Keh, and John Aries Ceazar Hingan of San Beda College-Alabang in Muntinlupa City.
“I never imagined that we would ever beat China and the US in this kind of competition. I’m very proud that our students rose to the challenge and gave an oustanding performance in the contest,” said delegation head Rechilda Villame, executive vice president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines, who were with the students in China with Eugenia Guerra, Nikolai Christian Vasquez and Phoebe Guerra.
Besides Hingan, other individual bronze medalists are: Jan Joshua Cruz of Pasig Catholic College; Christian Philip Gelera , UP Integrated School, Matthew Angelo Isidro, Mikaela Uy, and Austin Chua of Saint Jude Catholic School, Shaquille Wyan Que of Grace Christian College; twin brothers Mark Christopher and Matthew Johann Uy, Aaron Dy and Aldrich Aldwin Mayoralgo, of Xavier School, Karli Ang, Philippine Institute of Quezon City, Michael Brodeth and Marc Patrick Celon. Philippine Science High School-Main, Camille Dee, Immaculate Conception Academy, Brendon Go, British School of Manila, and Daniel Young, Jubilee Christian Academy.
Chinese and American contest organizers lauded the Philippine team in the contest and were very curious as to how the MTG, headed by Dr. Simon Chua and Mrs. Villame, trains students for competitions abroad.
A total of 65 teams joined the contest. They include teams from the United States, host China, the Philippines, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Macau.
By JONATHAN M. HICAP
mb.com.ph

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