By Jonathan Hicap
Filipino students won as team champion at the 15th Hanoi Open Mathematics Competition (HOMC) held from March 26 to 30 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The team, which topped the junior division for Grades 7 and 8, is composed of Annika Angela Mei Tamayo, Ateneo de Iloilo; Justin Teng Soon Khoo, Regional Science High School III; Gwyneth Margaux Tangog, Southville International School and Colleges; Lawrence Dominic Bermudez, Philippine Science High School-Main; and Robert Frederik Uy, Philippine Science High School-Western Visayas. They were awarded gold medals and a trophy.
In addition, the Philippines won four bronze medals in the individual contest courtesy of Tamayo, Khoo, Tangog and William Joshua King of Bethany Christian School, according to delegation head Dr. Isidro Aguilar, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild Philippines (MTG).
“We at MTG are very proud that our Filipino students reaped medals at the contest. Their training and determination paid off,” said Aguilar.
Vice Consul Dean Jason Arriola of the Philippine Embassy in Vietnam attended the awarding ceremony.
This was the first time that foreign contestants were invited to join the contest organized by the Hanoi Department of Education and Training and Hanoi People’s Committee.
About 500 participants joined the contest from the Philippines, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Poland, Hungary, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Vietnam, said math coach Renard Eric Chua.
The Philippine delegation arrived in the country last Friday night.