After battling other gifted math wizards from all over the Philippines, three students from the National Capital Region (NCR) emerged as the winners of this year’s 24th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO). 

Philippine Science High School (PSHS)–Main Campus’ Raphael Dylan Dalida, who represented the Philippines and won a silver medal at the 2021 International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), came out on top of the national mathematics competition. 

As the first place victor of the contest, organized by the Mathematical Society of the Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute, Dalida received P25,000 in cash prize. He was also awarded a medal, trophy, and certificate for his win. 

Coming in second was Filbert Ephraim Wu from the Victory Christian International School (VCIS), who took home the silver medal at last year’s Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (JBMO). For placing as the first runner-up, Wu was given a cash prize of P20,000 along with a medal, trophy, and certificate.

In an interview with Manila Bulletin, Wu said he was “very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this year’s PMO National Finals once again.”

“Despite the pandemic, the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) was able to hold a successful PMO National Finals virtually. Personally, I am pleased that my hard work has begun to come to fruition,” he added. 

In third place was Jerome Austin Te of the Jubilee Christian Academy (JCA), who received P15,000 in cash prize. Besides the usual medal, trophy, and certificate, Te won a special award during the event.

All three competed with 29 other gifted math students from all over the Philippines from March 18 to 19, 2022 through a virtual event. 

The winning students’ coaches also received a cash prize and their school received a trophy for their win. 

Dalida, Wu, and Te are part of the 32 national finalists that will be in the running to represent the country in the 63rd IMO that will be held in Oslo, Norway from July 6 to 16 this year.

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