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Vol. XXVI, 3rd Quarter
July –September 2008
RP students clinched bronze

RP students clinch bronze in int’l math, physics olympiads

Two Filipino students recently won bronze medals in the 49th International Mathematical Olympiad and 39th International Physics Olympiad.

Diogo Miguel S. Moitinho del Almeida of Ateneo de Manila University clinched bronze medal in the IMO held in Madrid, Spain last July 10-22.  Xavier School’s Jeffrey Kenneth L. Go and Mark Benedict C. Tan make up the Philippine IMO contingent.

Dr. Ian June L. Garces of ADMU said the IMO is the largest, most prestigious and most difficult mathematics competition among high school students in the world.  This year, 535 contestants from 102 countries and territories joined the competition. Garces and Dr. Julius M. Basilla are the leader and deputy leader of the IMO team. 

Under “IMO rule, to get a medal, you must be at the top 50% among all the contestants, and the number of bronze, silver, and gold medalists must be in the ratio of 3:2:1,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tobit James Narciso of the Philippine Science High School also won a bronze medal at the IPhO held in Hanoi, Vietnam last July 20-29.  A total of 46 gold, 47 silver, and 78 bronze medals were awarded following the competition.  The IPhO drew 376 participating students from 82 countries.

Narciso trained under Dr. Jose Perico Esguerra of the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Physics. The IMO and IPhO will be held next year in Germany and Mexico, respectively.

The winning students received Youth Excellence in Science (YES) medals from Department of Science and Technology Secretary Dr. Estrella F. Alabastro.  

“Our students can make a name for the Philippines in the global mathematics and physics arena.  With government and academe’s support, we are hopeful that we can increase the number of winners in our roster,” Dr. Ester B. Ogena, director of DOST’s Science Education Institute said.

“We will be on a continuous look out for gifted students who can be trained and exposed to local and international competitions to further hone their skills,” she added