DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES–Students from different countries showcased their skills in Mathematics at the Philippine International Mathematical Olympiad (PHIMO) held at Jose Maria College Foundation, Inc. on September 22-24, 2023.
PHIMO Chief Examiner Dr. Exquil Bryan P. Aron said they chose Davao City and JMCFI as the host because they want to showcase the city, which is also the home of former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Delegates of this competition are from the Philippines, Iran, Cambodia, Australia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, and Vietnam.
While this is a tight competition, parents intensified the importance of the experience that their children would gain from attending PHIMO 2023.
“This is important to us because it’s for my son’s experience and I believe in his ability he will get an award,” according to one of the parents, Michelle dela Rosa.
To coaches, competitions such as this are important, to further their interests and prowess in Mathematics.
‘‘This is the international round and the benefit of students when they join, they meet other students from other countries and they will learn a lot from culture, and eventually, they will try to win for our country, and hope to bring the medal back to Cambodia,’’ according to Hong Seanghong, Team Leader of Cambodia.
Two JMarian pupils bag awards
In the just-concluded PHIMO 2023, two bronze medals were bagged by Dann Samuel R. Suazo (3rd Grader) and Eric Xander S. Cubero (2nd Grader) while Zara Elanor O. Flores (Kindergarten), Joaquin M. Ganal (Kindergarten), John Dimiver A. Reguya (6th Grader), Francess Juliene A. Reguya (6th Grader) and Dason Stephan G. Sailadin (9th Grader) secured merit awards.
In an interview conducted by The JMarian Perspective, Engr. Roldan Suazo, the father of Dan Samuel, expressed his appreciation to the school.
“We extend our warmest congratulations to our son for his achievement as a bronze medalist. Your hardwork and dedication shone brightly and we couldn’t be prouder,” Suazo said.
“To the Founding President, Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy, it is with great privilege to bring honor to this institution that you have founded,” he added.
Bryan T. Alberto, JMCFI Vice President for Basic Education, congratulated the students for winning at the PHIMO.
On behalf of the Jose Maria College Foundation Inc., he extended his warmest congratulations on the outstanding victory of the JMarian Maths wizard at the Philippine International Mathematical Olympiad.
“Your victory is also an inspiration to all young Filipinos who aspire to excel in mathematics and other fields of science and technology. It shows that anything is possible with hard work and determination,” he posited.