• Three Filipino students took home medals from a Math competition held in Greece from June 19-24
  • They  bagged silver and bronze medals at the 22nd Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (JBMO) held in the City of Rhodes, Greece 

Wow! More feathers to the Philippine cap!

Three amazing young Filipino Math wizards brought pride once again to the country after they harvested silver and bronze medals at the recently held 22nd Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (JBMO) competition held in the City of Rhodes, Greece from June 19 to 24, 2018.

The Philippine team bagged two silver medals; thanks to Daryll Carlsten Ko from St. Stephen’s High School and Sean Eugene Chua from Xavier School.  A bronze medal was garnered by Deanne Gabrielle Algenio of Makati Science High School.

From the MTG Phils website, it was disclosed that during the contest, the participants were given a continuous four and half hours to answer the four problems; with each scoring 10 points for a total of 40 points maximum. The problems of the contest were reportedly chosen from the following topics: Algebra, Geometry, Number Theory, and Combinatorics.

The JBMO participants were mostly from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Hellas, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Republic of Moldova, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey and Turkmenistan.

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Interestingly, the Philippines, which sent three students (all bagged medals), is the only country in Southeast Asia that participated in this year’s JBMO.

The Filipino students were accompanied by their team leader Mr. Kerish Villegas, who was described in the website as one of the most promising trainers of the Mathematics Trainers’ Guild, Philippines.

The MTG president, Dr. Isidro Aguilar, must be truly pleased with the outcome of the competition.

Among the goals of the Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (JBMO) were to challenge, encourage and develop mathematically gifted school students in all participating member countries; to foster friendly relations among the students and teachers of the member countries; and to create opportunities for the exchange of information of school syllabuses and practices within the member countries.

The Philippine delegation arrived in Manila on June 25.