MANILA – Students from the Philippines won a total of 33 medals and awards in the recently concluded Bulgaria International Mathematics Competition (BIMC) in Burgas, Bulgaria.
Ethan Jared Chan (British School Manila) received a gold medal, while Jose Lorenzo Abad (Philippine Science High School-Main), John Florence Dizon (Calamba Elementary School), Lance Heinrich Lim (Saint Jude Catholic School), and Stephen James Ty (Zamboanga Chong Hua High School) bagged silver medals.
Chan said he did not expect to win a gold medal, adding that he dedicates his award to “Father God who guided me, to my family and friends, and coaches at MTG (Mathematics Trainers Guild Philippines) and British School Manila.”
Eleven Filipino students emerged as bronze medalists in the competition. They are Sean Kendrick Yeo (PACE Academy), Armea Helena Sien Dimayacyac (Notre Dame of Greater Manila), Frederick Ivan Tan (Philippine Science High School-Main), Gregory Charles Tiong (Saint Jude Catholic School), Naomi Anne King (Saint Jude Catholic School), Maria Monica Manlises (St. Stephen’s High School), Ralde Anuel Bautista (MGC New Life Christian Academy), Sarji Elijah Bona (Palawan Hope Christian Academy), Sted Micah Cheng (Hope Christian High School), Vanessa Ryanne Julio (Saint Jude Catholic School), and Justin Teng Soon Khoo (Regional Science High School III).
These nine students received merit awards: Dillion Keller Chan (UNO High School), Alexandra Brianne Gochian (Saint Jude Catholic School), Krystal Lim Tiong Soon (Grace Christian College), Ambrose James Torreon (Rainbow of Angels), Benjamin Jacob (St. Philomena Academy of Lipa), Dominic Lawrence Bermudez (Philippine Science High School-Main), Annika Angela Mei Tamayo (Ateneo de Iloilo), Angelene Erika Madrazo (Zamboanga Chong Hua High School), and Trisha Danielle Sia (Chiang Kai Shek College).
During the BIMC held from July 1 to 6, the students were accompanied by their MTG team leaders Dr. Simon Chua, Dr. Isidro Aguilar, Dr. Jonathan Glorial, Minerva Avecilla, Arvie Ubarro, and Renard Eric Chua.
“Filipino students showed great performance in the contest and we are proud of their latest achievement. They trained hard for the competition,” said Aguilar, president of MTG, in a statement.
Meanwhile, Philippine Team B in high school composed of Abad, King, Manlises, and Ty won the championship in the group contest, and finished second runner-up in the team contest.
Bermudez, Julio, Khoo, and Tamayo were named first runner-up in the team contest, while Madrazo won first runner-up as part of International Girls’ Team A.
Second runner-up placers in the team category include Jence Enrico Dela Fuente (Ateneo de Naga University Grade School), Benn Jethro Sia (Kong Hua School), Marco Erano Dumale (De La Salle University-Laguna, Dillion Keller Chan, Ethan Jared Chan, Yeo, Dimayacyac, Dizon, Jacob, Lim, Tan, Tiong and Sia.
Aside from the Philippines and Bulgaria, other participants in this year’s BIMC came from Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
Before this, 10 Filipino elementary students who took part in BIMC bagged medals in the first International Festival Mathematical Triathlon Apollonia held from June 26 to 30 in Sozopol, Bulgaria.
Jacob received a gold medal, while Dimayacyac and Dizon won silver medals.
Bronze medalists include Chan, Dela Fuente, Gochian, and Torreon, with Sia, Yeo, and Lim Tiong Soon named merit awardees.