And so the winning streak lives on.
Kenneth Co of Philippine Science High School - Diliman and Mikaela Angeline Uy of Saint Jude Catholic School scored 14 points apiece to carry on the country's streak of garnering at least the bronze medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) since 2008.
Henry Jefferson Morco of Chang Kai Shek College, a bronze medalist in last year's IMO, also secured an honourable mention after netting 13 points, wrapping up another successful stint of the Philippines in the hardest mathematics competition in the world. The competition was held on 04-16 July in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
The Philippine contingent was composed of the winners of the 14th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) co-organized by the Science Education Institute - Department of Science and Technology (SEI-DOST) and the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP). They were guided by Team Leader Dr. Julius Basilia and Deputy Team Leader Dr. Job Nable, both of MSP.
Co is a part of last year's IMO where he obtained 12 points. On the other hand, Uy, who is a first timer in the IMO, stood out as a winner among the 52 females out of the 548 total participants of the competition.
This year's performance ties that of the country's 1991 medal heave which ranks as the second highest haul of medals in our history. Last year's three-bronze medal triumph is recorded as the country's best performance since we joined in 1988.
SEI Director Dr. Filma G. Brawner congratulated the students for again prevailing in such a highly-competitive Mathematics Olympiad.
''It brings us great joy and pride that this recent haul of medals in the extremely difficult IMO signifies the continuous improvement of our students in mathematics. We can be optimistic that in the coming years, our performance will only get better,'' Brawner said.
Brawner ensured that SEI shall continue its support in the country's participation in the IMO as well as in organizing the PMO to provide our many gifted students in science and mathematics an avenue to nurture their skills.
''We are committed to maintain this winning tradition through various support programs as we recognize these students' key roles in bolstering our pool of S&T professionals. We surely welcome them and their gifts in the science family and hope that they take part in motivating others in joining us as well,'' Brawner remarked. (30)