Victory after trial: Marawi siege survivor wins Hong Kong Math contest


Posted at Jul 20 2018 07:41 PM

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MANILA- A fifth-grade student who fled the siege in Marawi City last year is among the winners of an international math competition in Hong Kong.

Mohammad Nur Casib won a bronze medal for the individual contest of the 21st Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest which concluded Friday, July 20.

Casib, a student of the My Precious Child Learning Center in Marawi City, was part of an eight-man Philippine delegation to the competition.

The recently-held competition is the first international math contest for the 12-year-old Casib, the Mathematics Trainers Guild (MTG) of the Philippines said.

On May 24, 2017, a day after the war in Marawi broke out, Casib's family traveled for 13 hours with no food and water to Cagayan de Oro where the 12-year-old trained in mathematics.

His father Dr. Norodin Casib said the experience was "traumatic" for the child but noted how the 12-year-old was able to overcome it through the math training.

“It was such a traumatic experience to him that he always cried everytime Marawi is mentioned," he said.

"Mathematically speaking, according to him, it was beyond limit. We took shelter in Cagayan de Oro and there we found MTG. Gradually, this horrific experience vanished from his mind. God is good,” he added.

Other individual winners of the competition are fourth-grader Jerome Austin Te of Jubilee Christian Academy (silver), and Tracy Lauren Lei of Saint Jude Catholic School (bronze).

Two teams of the Philippines also bagged merit awards in the competition.

The 21st Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest was joined by representatives from several countries such as Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States, and Taiwan.