MANILA, Philippines - Two students from the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) won bronze medals in the recently concluded International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Thailand.
Miguel Arnold Reyes of PSHS Main Campus and Gerico Sy of PSHS Southern Mindanao Campus each won a bronze medal in the said competition which was held at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Reyes is a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and a second grand award winner at the 2011 International Science and Engineering Fair.
Sy, meanwhile, is an honorable mention awardee at the 2010 International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
DOST-SEI director Filma Brawner said the Philippine contingency's victory showed that Filipino students can be at par with their colleagues abroad.
"We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Migs and Gerico who have brought pride to our country with their winning at the IPhO. Truly, despite the challenges that our educational system faces, your victory shows that we can excel amidst all of it," she said in a statement.
Brawner hopes that Reyes, Sy and other winners in science and math competitions pursue careers in science and help the country's economy through research and development.
"We hope that you would become a part of the ever growing science community in the Philippines and become its second wind that would take the country to greater heights," she said.
The Philippines started joining the IPhO, the second oldest international olympiad after the International Math Olympiad, in 1993.
DOST-SEI said the country has consistently won bronze medals in the said competition, with the most recent in 2008.