Pinoy students overall champion in Hong Kong math contest

Seven Filipino elementary students made the country proud by winning the overall championship in the Po Leung Kuk 12th Primary Math World Contest held from July 11-15 in Hong Kong.

Dr. Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers’ Guild-Philippines (MTG) named the seven perfect scorers as Hazel Abigail Lim of Hope Christian High School (Philippine Team A), Keefe Collin Tan of St. Jude Catholic School, Neil Benjamin DT Kho of San Beda College-Alabang, and Michael Brodeth of Colegio San Agustin-Makati (all of Philippine Team B); Audrey Celine Lao of St. Jude Catholic School, Kenneth Co and Brendon Matthew Go of Xavier School (Philippine Team D).

“These students have trained and worked hard to prepare for this contest. Their performance this year is very impressive,” said Chua who accompanied the MTG-trained Philippine teams to the contest.

With the students’ victory, the Philippines for the first time landed as one of the seven overall champions both in the individual and team competitions.

Furthermore, the Philippine teams B and D were judged first placers together with five other teams from Taiwan, Beijing-China, San Marcos-USA, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

“The amazing accomplishment of our students only reflects the passion of the MTG to uplift Philippine math education in the country,” Chua said.

Other members of the Philippine teams that contributed to the excellent performance in the Hong Kong contest are Mikaela Angelina Uy and Seanne Daphne Ng of St. Jude Catholic School, Justin Edric Yturzaeta of Jubilee Christian Academy, Samuel Christian Ong of UNO High School, Henry Jefferson Morco of Chiang Kai Shek College, Isaiah Paolo Lee of Mother Goose School, Joelle Sophia Peña of St. Pedro Poveda College, Deany Hendrick Cheng of Grace Christian High School and Julius Vincent Sy of St. Stephen’s High School.

A total of 44 teams from the US, Bulgaria, South Africa, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Mainland China, Macau and Mexico participated in the contest.

Aside from Chua, Carlo Bryan Nerecena, Robert Degolacion, and Anthony Ang also served as team leaders while Queenie Sarabia, Consesa Rapacon, Sheilla Lynn Diamsem, and Mark Ivan Roblas as deputy team leaders

The Philippine delegation is set to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Wednesday night via Philippine Airlines flight PR 508 from Hong Kong.

Earlier this week, another MTG-trained student Sarah Jane Cua, 14, was named as champion in the Brand’s Sudoku Challenge 2008 Asia Pacific Open held in Singapore.


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