Int'l Math Olympiad bronze medalist tops PH contest

Posted at 02/02/12 4:16 PM

Henry Jefferson Morco (second from left) with the two other winners of the 14th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad and Science Education Institute Director Dr. Filma Brawner.

MANILA, Philippines - A high school student of Chiang Kai Shek College topped the 14th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) and has another shot at joining the 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) this year.

Henry Jefferson Morco won first place in this year's PMO, taking home P15,000 while his coach, Frederik Buiza, got P5,000.

Morco was one of the bronze medalists in the IMO last year.

Mikaela Angelina Uy of St. Jude Catholic School landed in second place, while Kenneth Co of Philippine Science High School placed third. Uy, Co and their coaches also received cash prizes.

The three winners, together with 17 other national finalists, will undergo training this summer to determine the Philippine contingent to the 53rd IMO, which will be held in Mar de Plata, Argentina this July.

The PMO is said to be the country's oldest and most challenging math competition. It is organized by the Mathematical Society of the Philippines in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

DOST-SEI director Dr. Filma Brawner praised the winners of this year's PMO. "Beating out 3,596 high school students all over the country and being on the national finals of the oldest and most challenging mathematics competition in the country is a feat in itself and I applaud you for your accomplishment," she said in a statement.

She also hopes that the Department of Education will consider the DOST-SEI's Mathematics Framework for Philippine Basic Education, which seeks to help students understand "the fundamental ideas of numbers and number concepts."

"(We) came up with the Mathematics Framework for Philippine Basic Education in a bid to present to curriculum developers, teachers, school administrators and policy makers a conceptual structure that will help students treasure the value of learning and see the importance of mathematics in daily life," Brawner said.