There is another cause for celebration a week after the 2 Bronze medals from the Philippine Physics Team.  This time the good news comes from the Mathematics team in Amsterdam.

The Philippine Mathematics team got 3 Bronze medals  at the 52nd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands last July 12-24, 2011.

Henry Jefferson Co Morco  (Chiang Kai Shek College) had the highest score among the members of the team while Vance Eldric Go and Carmela Antoinette S. Lao (both from St. Jude Catholic School) , also got enough scores  for Bronze medals.  Morco was ranked 171st, Go was 186th, Lao was 222nd of the 564 participants from 101 countries.  Although Kenneth Co (Philippine Science High School Main Campus) was ranked 321st, he was not given the honorable mention certificate based on a rule by the IMO that one must have a perfect score of 7 on any one question.

This is the most number of medals that the Philippines had since the 2 Bronze medals and 1 Honorable Mention haul of  Wyant S. ChanWilbin S. Chan, and Jose Ernie C. Lope  in 1991.

The Philippine travelling team was headed by Julius Basilla and Glen Ong from the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP). The team had a rigorous training at the Mathematical Olympiad Science Camp in the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines Diliman. The students were handpicked from participants of the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO).

The DOST-Science Education Institute  and the MSP conduct the PMO and the selection of the Philippine team members to the IMO.

This is the 3rd time for Lao to join the IMO where she got a silver last year and a Bronze the year before that. Morco had a Honorable Mention last year. This is the first IMO for  Go and Co.  In this year’s PMO, Co (Kenneth) was 1st, Morco was 2nd, and Lao was 3rd.

The International Mathematical Olympiad is regarded as the toughest competition in mathematics.  The problems  can be read here.

Lisa Sauermann from Germany was declared the absolute winner after having a perfect score in all the problems.



By the way,  my source was the official website of the International Mathematical Olympiad. They said, “Results may not be complete and may include mistakes.” I also thank Dr. Jose Perico Esguerra for the heads up.  I was about to look at the results when you posted your status. Thanks also for the many corrections.


DOST- SEI gave this press release a few hours later.

Update (2011 07 23 9:36 CEST):

The Philippine team to the 52nd International Mathematical Olympiad in Amsterdam, Netherlands wave the Philippine flag. From left to right, holding the flag: Vance Eldric Go, Carmela Antoinette Lao, Kenneth Co, Henry Jefferson Morco, Russelle Guadalupe, and Glen Mackenzie Ong. Photo courtesy of DOST-SEI.

Click image for image for the official press release  from the DOST-SEI.