VP Leni Robredo congratulates Filipino math wiz

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Filipino math whiz Farrell Wu (left) and Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo. (Source: Vice President Leni Robredo/Facebook)
Filipino math whiz Farrell Wu (left) and Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo. (Source: Vice President Leni Robredo/Facebook)

Vice President Leni Robredo proudly congratulated Farrell Wu, a Filipino student who earned a perfect GPA of 5.0 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.

In a Facebook post on June 9, Robredo recalled that the young math wizard once donated to the Jesse Robredo M. Foundation.

In 2015, when Robredo was still congresswoman, Wu donated his own money from tutoring stints to her late husband’s foundation to help build schools in remote areas.

Robredo said that Wu, whom she knew personally through her youngest daughter, brought a lot of honor to the country. 

“He was Jillian’s friend since they were in Grade School. They trained for International Math Competitions and competed together,” the vice president captioned in a photo of them. “It was Farrel who would always bag the GOLD for the Philippines. He brought a lot of honor for the country from Grade School and High School,” she added.

“It was no surprise that he got into the best Ivy League schools in the US when he applied for college. Also no surprise that he chose MIT, which is one of the most difficult to enter into.” she said. Calling it “no mean feat,” Robredo said she was pleasantly surprised with his impressive grade point average.

Wu graduated from the prestigious university with two degrees – Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics – last week.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. The views expressed are her own.

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