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Jose Agerico Bacal II of Rosevale School, Joseph Jireh Eguia of Corpus Christi High School and Jayhan Regner of Xavier University made Cagayan de Oro City proud by bagging medals during the 5th International Mathematics Contest (IMC) in Singapore recently.

Bacal II shone brightest by winning a silver medal while Eguia and Regner each got bronze medals as part of the Philippine contingent.

Overall, the Philippine team reaped a rich harvest of 102 medals, including 16 golds, prompting the country’s top math trainer to describe it as the best performance so far in the IMC by Filipino “mathletes.” The country’s rich harvest put it second only to China, which sent 228 delegates and went home with 32 golds.

All Filipino contestants each won a medal, except for two students who got merit certificates. The students were chosen from a year-round nationwide search through a series of local training sessions and eliminations held by the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG).

According to Dr. Simon Chua, head of delegation and MTG president, the country won 16 gold medals, 27 silvers and 59 bronze medals for a total of 102 medals.

“This is the best performance of our students in the competition. Almost all our contestants each won a medal,” said Chua. The country won 75 medals last year.

A total of 557 contestants competed in the contest from Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and the Philippines. The contest was held at the Global Indian International School in Singapore. 

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