About 450 delegates from 17 countries including South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and China have arrived in the country today, Nov. 25, for the 10th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad for Primary School Students (IMSO). The Philippines is hosting the IMSO, which will be held from Nov. 25 to 29 in Alfonso, Cavite. Participants of this year's competition are from South Korea, South Africa, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, India, Nigeria, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Bangladesh. With the theme “Developing Smart, Skilled, and Creative Children through Competition for Excellence,” the 10th IMSO has been organized by the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG) and the City of Taguig under Mayor Lani Cayetano, in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-SEI). The IMSO opening ceremony will be held on Nov. 26 at Royale Tagaytay Country Club in Cavite, which is also the contest venue. Among those invited to grace the ceremony are Education Sec. Armin Luistro, DOST-SEI Officer-in-Charge Elizabeth Fontanilla, and Alfonso, Cavite Mayor Virgilio Varias. They will be joined by IMSO 2013 Executive Board members Madame Elvira from Indonesia, chairman; Dr. Simon Chua from the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines, vice chairman; Kitty Phillips from South Africa, general secretary; Dr. Eduardo Dela Cruz, chairman of the local organizing committee; and board members Prof. Wen-Hsien Sun of Taiwan, Dr. Pramote Kajornpai of Thailand, and Noorzalina Zainal Abidin of Malaysia. This will the second time that the Philippines is hosting the IMSO. The first was in 2011 which was held in Naga City. Dr. Chua told Manila Bulletin that the objectives of the IMSO is "to improve the skills of elementary students in math and science and foster good relationships among participating countries." He said that elementary students from public and private schools will be the Philippines' contestants to the IMSO. The closing and awarding ceremonies will be held on Nov. 28 at the Samsung Hall at SM Aura at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
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