MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines won 5 gold, 9 silver, 28 bronze medals, and 17 merit awards in the 2012 Asia International Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO) held recently in Hong Kong.
Included among the Filipino winners is gold medalist Lu Christian Ong of Grace Christian College, who was proclaimed champion and "Star of Asia" in the Grade 9 Division for earning the highest score among participants from nine countries.
Dr. Archieval Rodriguez, director of the Mathematics Development Academy of the Philippines (MDAP), said that aside from Ong, the country's gold medalists are Sterling Alvin Tiu of St. Stephen's High School, Natalia Varela of St. Paul College-Pasig, Thamania Keith Gumilao of Pasig Catholic College, and Anchelle Grace Ho of Silliman University SBE High School.
The silver medalists are Deanne Rochelle Abdao, Philippine Science High School; Anton Raphael Lim, St. John's Institute; Norman Earl Morado, Philippines Science High School-SMC; Floriza Andaya, First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities; Michelle Marie Ochoa, St. Paul College-Pasig, Akkiara Simon May Sawali, St. Augustine's School; Justin Bryan Chong, Grace Christian College; Ed Joshua Mañalac, Baguio City National High School; and Philip Lizarda, San Beda College Alabang.
Winning bronze medals are Karli Ang, Ian John Antonio, Richard Manuel De Castro, Mark John Dy, Marc Louie Magallanes, Emmanuel Joseph Magnaye, Himig Marcos, Rachel Rojo, Karla Dominique Tiu, Marianne Cruz, Joshua Cuballes, Francis Rumen Parungao, Viq Ashley Alentajan, Justine Myles Alquiza, James Christian Atilano, Ralph Gerarld Black, Al Matthew Canafe, Razell Jigs Caraig, Sabrina Rae Chan, Jan Ver Dominic Edra, Marie Pauline Ferrer, Ralph Joseph Lacuna, Chesca Angelica Lazara, Katrina Maniulit, Engelica Perez, Roy Matthew Ramos, Mary Joyce Tan and Jade Kathleen Yu.
The merit awardees are Gian Carlo Alix, Jone Zelita Orlina, Jerome Vincent Tagaro, Rodwick Matthew Go, Patricia Marie Yap, Camille Therese Estampador, Elijah Copla, Ma. Cathyrynne Janelle Cua, Earl Edson Dumago, Carlos Benedict Echevarria, Karljan Kotah, Jeremy John Magpantay, Dabin Park, Giorgio Romero, Sam Gamaliel Sy, Ian Denzel Sy Reyes, and John Lester Tan.
The AIMO drew participants from China, Hong, Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.