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Filipino math wizards rake 19 gold medals at the World Int’l Mathematical Olympiad

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Once again, Filipinos make another outstanding mark in the international community as students from different schools in the Philippines won nineteen gold medals in the World International Mathematical Olympiad (WIMO) which was recently held last January 7-8, 2023, in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Leading the gold medalists are three World Champions who topped the scores in their respective grade levels, namely, Alexandra Brianne Gochian (St. Jude Catholic School) from the Senior Secondary Group, Harvey James Dolar (Philippine Science High School – Main Campus) from the Secondary 3 Group, and Mateo Inigo Espocia (Genesis Christian Academy) from Primary 5.  Completing the elite pool of World gold medalists are Caiser Charleton Chua So, Skyler Ioan B. Uy, Linaiah Amethyst O. Flores, Lourd Grey M. Latido, Liam Spark Peña Palarca, Lineth Mikaela B. Muldez, Agatha Maria Eden O. Nunag, Skyler Ycaruz O. Flores, Zac Andre E. De Lara, Jenelle Nyka G. Lee, Princess Abbey Cziarah A. Aquino, Arwin Peter C. Castro, Evan Justin E. Panergo, Matt Raymond Ayento, Matthew Charles C. Carpio, and Rey Stephen Chua.

The Philippines, represented this year by 178 delegates from kinder to senior high school, also tallied 52 silver and 67 bronze medals. 

WIMO participation is strictly by invitation to the gold medalists in the final rounds of each of these three international math competitions: Hong Kong International Mathematical Olympiad, Thailand International Mathematical Olympiad, and the Guangdong Greater Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad. 

Fourteen countries qualified in this year’s WIMO including Australia, Hongkong, Bulgaria, Iran, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.  A panel of international experts prepared the WIMO test questions covering standard math topics such as logical thinking, arithmetic, number theory, geometry, and combinatronics. WIMO is sponsored by the WIMO Foundation and is presented in the Philippines by the Math Olympiads Training League, Inc.

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