All eyes may be on Tokyo as Filipino athletes continue their bid in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but it looks like another Philippine team is also racking in the medals in another international competition.Â
As reported by Newsbytes.ph, every one of the six-member Philippine team to the recently concluded 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) each won a medal at one of the most difficult and most prestigious mathematics competitions in the world. How awesome, right?Â
Immanuel Josiah Balete of St. Stephen’s High School, Raphael Dylan Dalida of Philippine Science High School — Main Campus, Steven Reyes of Saint Jude Catholic School, and Bryce Ainsley Sanchez of Grace Christian College each won a silver medal in the Olympics of math competitions. Meanwhile, Sarji Elijah Bona of De La Salle University — Senior High School and Vincent Dela Cruz of Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science each took home a bronze medal.
With these wins, the team ranked 23rd out of 107 countries, a monumental jump from 2020, when the Philippines ended the competition in 43rd place. Hosted by St. Petersburg, Russia, the 62nd IMO is the second competition in a row held online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a very good year for waving the Philippine banner in the international arena,” said DOST Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) director Josette T. Biyo. “These students are showing the world that Filipinos are achievers in anything they put their minds to, be it sports or intellectual pursuits.”
“These medals are hard-earned and well deserved,” added Chan Shio. “They’re no strangers to the rigors of competition, and their commitment and dedication really paid off. They made us and the country very proud.”
It’s spectacular to see Pinoys killing it in sports and academics. Amid everything going on, these wins give people hope and much needed inspiration.