Philippines wins 3 medals at 33rd International Olympiad in Informatics

Published June 28, 2021, 10:32 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Philippines won three bronze medals at the 33rd International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), a contest where “exceptional high school students from various countries compete in the prestigious algorithmic competition to sharpen their informatics skills—such as problem analysis, design of algorithms and data structures, programming and testing.”

Filipino medalists at 2021 IOI (from left) Frederick Ivan Tan, Vincent Dela Cruz and Raphael Dylan Dalida (Photos: Arlyn Tan / NOI PH)

This year’s competition was hosted by Singapore and held online from June 19 to 25 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The online closing ceremony was held on June 28.

Winning bronze medals for the Philippines are Vincent Dela Cruz, Grade 12, Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science; Raphael Dylan Dalida, Grade 10, Philippine Science High School Main Campus; and Frederick Ivan Tan, Grade 11, Philippine Science High School Main Campus.

This is an improvement from last year’s competition wherein the Philippines bagged two bronze medals.

A total of 351 contestants from 88 countries and regions joined this year including the US, China, South Korea, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Thailand, Malaysia, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Among the contestants this year, 30 won gold medals, 59 grabbed silver medals and 87 received bronze medals.

In the Philippines, the selection of contestants was done by the National Olympiad in Informatics-Philippines (NOI PH).

“I would like to thank NOI PH for organizing the delegation and guiding us through their training. The experience taught me the importance of focus, persistence and practice. I hope that the competitive programming scene here will thrive so that the Philippines can grow through technology. Thank you also to my family, especially my dad who is my first teacher and will be my mentor for life,” Tan told Manila Bulletin.

The Philippines started participating at IOI, which was launched in 1989, in 2015 and including this year, the country has won two silver and nine bronze medals.

The contestants from the Philippines were coached by Kevin Atienza, Vernon Gutierrez, Marte Soliza and Payton Yao.

By medal haul, China won four gold medals, followed by the US, Singapore and Russia with three gold and one silver each; Japan with two gold and two silver medals; and Croatia with two gold, one silver and one bronze. .