Pinoy math wizards win big in Vietnam

By Jonathan Hicap

High school students from the Philippines won 10 medals in the 16th Hanoi Open Mathematics Challenge held from April 2 to 6 in Vietnam.

According to the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG), the students won two gold, two silver and six bronze medals in the contest organized by the Hanoi Department of Education and Training, and Hanoi Mathematical Society.

The country’s two gold medals were won by Immanuel Josiah Balete of St. Stephen’s High School and Bryce Ainsley Sanchez of Grace Christian College, both Grade 10 students.

Bagging silver medals were Grade 8 students Enzo Rafael Chan of Bayanihan Institute-Tarlac and Rickson Caleb Tan of MGC New Life Christian Academy.

The bronze medalists were Cassidy Kyler Tan, Grade 8, Davao Christian High School; Noel Stephen Dequito, Grade 8, Xavier School Nuvali; Daryll Carlsten Ko, Grade 10, St. Stephen's High School; and Issam Wang, Grade 10, Manila Science High School.

MTG president Dr. Isidro Aguilar said the students also bagged two bronze medals in the team contest.
“It’s the first international contest for students under the MTG this year and we are very happy with the results,” Aguilar told Manila Bulletin. Accompanying the students were MTG officers Dr. Eduardo Dela Cruz and Renard Eric Chua.

More than 700 students joined the contest from China, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and host Vietnam.