A perfect score seals the deal in the recently concluded 24th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO).
Raphael Dylan T. Dalida of the Philippine Science High School–Main Campus, a veteran and a two-time medalist at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), topped over two dozen finalists in this year’s PMO with a perfect score, a rare feat in the national competition.
Dalida previously won a silver medal in last year’s IMO, and a bronze in the year prior.
Joining him in the podium are Filbert Ephraim S. Wu of Victory Christian International School who placed second, and Jerome Austin N. Te of Jubilee Christian Academy who settled for third.
Wu was coached by his brother, Farrell Eldrian, who won the country’s first ever gold medal at the IMO in 2016, while Te is an up-and-coming prodigy.
With the win, Dalida, Wu, and Te bagged P25,000, P20,000, and P15,000 cash prizes, respectively, along with trophies, certificates, and cash prizes for their coaches.
The PMO is organized by the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) with support from the Department of Science and Technology–Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). Students from all over the country showcased their mathematical prowess in a virtual setup from Mar. 19-20.
“The student’s performances prove that the Filipino youth is ready to take on the world and make a mark in prestigious competitions in the international level,” said DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo. “They are world-class and are truly deserving to be called Olympians.”
Biyo added the national finalists’ performances also provide optimism in the country’s continuous rise in its international ranking.
The Philippines notably placed 23rd over 107 participating countries in last year’s IMO, and backers from DOST-SEI and MSP hope to add on the medal tally of 26 honorable mentions, 33 bronze medals, 12 silver medals, and four gold medals this year.
The 63rd IMO will be hosted by Oslo, Norway this July. Final participants to the world stage competition will be announced in May. MSP will conduct the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Camp to determine the six national bets for the upcoming IMO.