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Two math wizards from St. Jude Catholic School (SJCS) placed first and second to banner this year’s winners of the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO). 

Matthew Tan emerged as national champion during the Awarding Ceremony of the 16th PMO held at the De la Salle University, Manila. He was followed by fellow SJCS student Adrian Reginald Sy who was a bronze medalist in last year’s International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Tan and Sy took home P15,000 and P10,000, respectively, as well as medals and trophies. Their coach, Manuel Tanpoco, won a total of P8,000 cash prize for nailing the top two posts. 

Finishing third was John Thomas Chuatak of St. Stephen’s High School who won P5,000 a medal and a trophy. 

All three winners, along with the 17 other PMO finalists, will get the chance to compete in the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held in Cape Town, South Africa on July 3-13, 2014. 

The PMO, the oldest and most challenging mathematics competition in the country, is being organized by the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). 

DOST Undersecretary Fortunato dela Peña congratulated the winners and the finalists for reaching the national stage. He expressed optimism that the Philippine contingent to the IMO will be as competitive if not better than past years’ teams. 

“As finalists to this prestigious math competition, we believe that you are on the right track to become our much needed catalysts (in science and technology). Should you choose this path, we’re sure that you’ll be a big blessing not just to the science community but to the nation as a whole,” he said. 

“This is a crucial time for science professionals to take charge, and we hope that through a competition like this we are able to guide you into becoming part of that pool in the near future,” dela Peña added. 

All the finalists will resume their training this summer to be guided by coaches from the MSP. DOST-SEI is in constant support of the PMO as part of its mandate of developing a pool of future scientists and engineers who shall lead the country’s drive for S&T advancement. (30)