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27 October 2015

       

(From left to right) Math wizards Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy, Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus, Vince Jan Torres of Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School, and Andres Rico Gonzales of Colegio de San Juan de Letran dominated the 2015 Australian Mathematics Competition. Gonzales got a perfect score to win the Peter O’Halloran Certificate of Excellence.

A Grade 8 student from Colegio de San Juan de Letran emerged as one of only 42 students in the world among a total of 300,000 participants to get a perfect score in the recently concluded 2015 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), a superb feat that coincides with the Mathematics Trainers’ Guild (MTG) of the Philippines’ celebration of its 20th anniversary. 

Andres Rico Gonzales, 13, received the Peter O’Halloran Certificate for nailing a perfect score to lead 97 other Filipino students who garnered awards in the competition, which was simultaneously held in 42 countries last August.

Gonzales and the other winners were awarded during MTG’s 20th foundation anniversary celebration held at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel in Manila. 

MTG, a leading math organization founded in 1995 to develop excellence in mathematics among Filipinos, is the primary organizer of the AMC in the Philippines along with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Education (DepEd). It was formed by a group of mathematics trainers from various schools through a movement called "The Mathematical Challenge for Filipino Kids Training Program".

Joining Gonzales as AMC Medalists were Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus, Vince Jan Torres of Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School, and Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy. Eleven others were given Prize Awards while 83 received Certificates of High Distinction.

       

Andres Rico Gonzales, 13, received the Peter O’Halloran Certificate for nailing a perfect score to lead 97 other Filipino students who garnered awards in the AMC competition, which was simultaneously held in 42 countries last August.Andres Rico Gonzales, 13, received the Peter O’Halloran Certificate for nailing a perfect score to lead 97 other Filipino students who garnered awards in the AMC competition, which was simultaneously held in 42 countries last August.

Dr. Simon Chua, President and co-founder of MTG, led the presenters of the awards. He was accompanied by Andrew Hodges, First Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Ruby Cristobal, Chief of the S&T Manpower, Education, Research and Promotions Division of the DOST’s Science Education Institute (SEI).

Chua congratulated the winners as he backtracked some of the milestones that MTG had in its two-decade history. He thanked partners and congratulated the MTG trainees across all generations that helped them achieve “stunning records and achievements.”

Meanwhile, in a message, SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo lauded the winners for their promising performance in a prestigious math competition such as the AMC. She also commended MTG for sharing in its goal of promoting a culture of science among Filipinos.

“The MTG has been instrumental in training some of the best students and educators in mathematics. For this, the government and all Filipinos have a lot to thank them for,” said Biyo, who also cited MTG’s role in producing more scientists and mathematicians in the country.

Biyo added that she hopes the AMC winners will pursue careers in science and technology.  

“Your gifts are certainly welcome additions to the growing population of professionals in the scientific community and SEI is very much willing to help you in this pursuit,” said Biyo. (30)