International Mathematical Olympiad

The Philippine team won the country another gold medal at the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). This is the Philippines’ third gold from the prestigious competition.

The IMO is widely considered to be the toughest international high school mathematics competition in the world, earning it the moniker “the Olympics of math competitions.” This year, it was held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, from July 3 to 14, 2018.

International Mathematical Olympiad
MATH MAGALING. Members of the Philippine team pose with their medals at the International Mathematical Olympiad. | Photo: DOST-SEI

Adding up to victory

De La Salle University Integrated School’s Albert John Patupat won the gold medal for the country. Meanwhile, Kyle Patrick Dulay, who hails from the main campus of the Philippine Science High School, won silver this year, after nabbing a gold medal at the competition in 2016. Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Emmanuel Osbert Cajayon and Grace Christian College’s Shaquille Wyan Que both received bronze medals, while Andres Rico Gonzales III of DLSU Integrated School and Sean Anderson Ty of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School were Honorable Mention awardees.

Overall, the Philippines came in at #38 — certainly no mean feat, as 107 countries participated in this year’s IMO.

Dr. Richard Eden and Dr. Christian Paul Chan Shio, both from Ateneo de Manila University, served as the team’s Leader and Deputy Leader, respectively. Mr. Carlo Francisco Adajar from the University of the Philippines – Diliman joined the team in Romania as their trainer.

The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) partnered with the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) in pushing the team to participate in the IMO. The team also received support from Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) Foundation and Manulife Business Processing Services.

“Our young math wizards made us proud today,” said DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo in her congratulatory message to the team, “but I hope the claps and cheers for them in the future would come from Filipinos they’ve helped improved lives through their outstanding mathematical abilities.”

Cover photo: DOST-SEI


  • Official DOST-SEI press release (July 21, 2018).


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