MANILA - Three Filipino students scored a podium finish in the 49th International Physics Olympiad held in Lisbon, Portugal from July 21 to 29.
Steven Reyes of St. Jude Catholic School bagged a silver medal, while Mikhail Torio of Philippine Science High School and Charles Bartolo of Philippine Science High School in Central Luzon each won bronze medals.
The Philippine team finished 34th out of 87 participants, its best rank yet in 13 years.
Reyes, Torio, and Bartolo ranked in the 88th, 68th, and 58th percentiles, respectively, out of 396 delegates.
The competition challenged the participants on paper transistors and the viscoelastic properties of a polymer thread for the experimental exam, and detection of gravitational waves and the physics of blood flow and tumor growth for the theoretical exam.