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MANILA — Filipino students dominated three Hong Kong math competitions held recently, garnering 401 medals, including 66 gold.

Some 1,000 students from six countries, 263 of them from the Philippines, competed in the Environmental Math Competition 2013, King of Math 2013 and Asia Cup Math Olympiad.

Fourteen Filipino students emerged as champions in the three contests. The Filipino contingent brought home 66 gold, 157 silver and 178 bronze medals to top the competitions.

The Philippines’ medal haul was followed by Malaysia with 163. The other countries with their numbers of medals are Hong Kong, 85; China, 68; Macau, 47; and Indonesia, two.

The Philippine delegation was headed by Dr. Archieval Rodriguez of the Mathematics Development Academy of the Philippines (MDAP). He was assisted by Myrna Agtarap and Manuel Kotah.

The contests were organized by the Gifted Students Association of Hong Kong.

The Filipino champions (highest award) and their schools in the three contests are:
Asia Cup Math Olympiad — Martin Gabriel Lopez, First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities; Filbert Ephraim Wu, MGC New Life Christian Academy; Nathan Mayer Dy, St. John’s Institute; Hannah Bacomo, De La Salle-Canlubang; and Nicole Mae Picart, Aquinas University of Legazpi Science High School.
King of Math 2013 — Filbert Ephraim Wu (Grade 1),

MTG New Life Christian Academy; Grant Lewis Bulaong (Grade 7), De La Salle-Zobel; Patrick Matthew Chan (Grade 8), Chiang Kai Shek College; and Louie Dy (Grade 9), St. Jude Catholic School.

Environmental Math 2013 — Mico Xander Rubico (Grade 1), Montessori House of Learning; Justin Timothy Uyconggo (Grade 2), Iloilo Central Commercial High School; Xavier Jefferson Ray Go (Grade 7), Zamboanga Chong Hua High School; Nadine Macalalad (Grade 8), St. Paul College-Pasig; and Steve HK Ng (Grade 9), Zamboanga Chong Hua High School. (Manila Bulletin)