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Philippines, Thailand Emerge as Overall Champions in 2017 Int’l Teenagers Math Olympiad



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The Philippines and Thailand emerged as the overall champions in the 2017 International Teenagers Mathematics Olympiad (ITMO) held recently in Davao City.

About 500 contestants and coaches from 16 countries joined this year’s contest coming from Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, South Africa, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The contest was organized by the Mathematics Trainers Guild Philippines (MTG) under the supervision of the International Mathematics Competition (IMC) Executive Board.

According to MTG president Dr. Isidro Aguilar, the Philippines Team D, composed of John Florence Dizon of Calamba Elementary School, Juan Rafael Landicho of Stonyhurst Southville International School, and Walsh Nico Adrian Letran and Alvann Walter Paredes Dy of St. Jude Catholic School, became the overall champion in the elementary division. Teams from Indonesia and Vietnam wound up as overall first and second runners-up, respectively.

In the junior high school division, a team from Thailand emerged as the overall champion while Philippines finished as overall first runner-up courtesy of Philippines Team B composed of Immanuel Josiah Balete of St. Stephen’s High School, Eion Nikolai Chua of International School Manila, Vincent Dela Cruz of Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science, and Bryce Ainsley Sanchez of Grace Christian College. A team from Indonesia placed third overall.

MTG chief operating officer Dr. Simon Chua said in the individual contest, the Philippine delegation bagged 7 gold, 14 silver and 20 bronze medals, and 19 merit awards.

The Philippines’ individual medalists at ITMO are:



Walsh Nico Adrian Letran – St. Jude Catholic School

Alvann Walter Paredes Dy – St. Jude Catholic School

Juan Rafael Landicho – Stonyhurst Southville International School

Dion Stephan Ong – Ateneo de Manila Junior High School

Andres Rico Gonzales III – Colegio de San Juan de Letran

Bryce Ainsley Sanchez – Grace Christian College

Steven Reyes – St. Jude Catholic School



Martin Gabriel Lopez – First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities

John David Magnaye – Holy Rosary Academy of Las Pinas City

Marinoelle Castillo – Notre Dame of Greater Manila

Kei Hang Derek Chan – St. Jude Catholic School

Tracy Lauren Lei – St. Jude Catholic School

Davis Nicholo Magpantay – San Beda College Alabang

Bert Jacob Tropicales – Southernside Montessori School

Ervin Joshua Bautista – Southville International School and Colleges

Angelene Erika Madrazo – Zamboanga Chong Hua High School

Ryan Jericho Sy, – Chiang Kai Shek College

Jonathan Conrad Yu – Philippine Christian Gospel School

Stefan Marcus Ong – St. Jude Catholic School

Immanuel Josiah Balete – St. Stephen’s High School

Vincent Dela Cruz – Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science



John Florence Dizon, – Calamba Elementary School

Joshua Miguel Mariano – Colegio San Agustin-Biñan

Sydney Kaede Dy Sy – Lanao Chung Hua School

Benjamin Jacob – St. Philomena Academy of Lipa

Andrea Margarette Ganancial – Tambo Central School

Miguel Cayetano – Tuguegarao West Central School

William Joshua King – Bethany Christian School

Angelo Vince Perez – De La Salle Lipa

James Matthew Young – Iloilo National High School

Eion Nikolai Chua – International School Manila

Shawn Darren Chua – MGC New Life Christian Academy

Ralde Anuel Bautista – MGC New Life Christian Academy

Sarji Elijah Bona – Palawan Hope Christian School

Dominic Lawrence Bermudez – Philippine Science High School-Main

Jose Lorenzo Abad – Philippine Science High School-Main

Vanessa Ryanne Julio – St. Jude Catholic School

Lance Heinrich Lim – St. Jude Catholic School

Daryll Carlsten Ko – St. Stephen’s High School

Stephen James Ty – Zamboanga Chong Hua High School

Fedrick Lance Lim – Zamboanga Chong Hua High School



Annika Angela Mei Tamayo – Ateneo de Iloilo

Nate Brevin Que – Bayanihan Institute

Cassidy Kyler Tan – Davao Christian High School

Sted Micah Cheng – Hope Christian High School

Maruel Elfred Vincent Cudio – Life College Palawan

Al Patrick Castro – Makati Science High School

Charles Justin Shi – Philippine Cultural College – Caloocan

Hiraya Marcos – Philippine Cultural College-Main

Cris Magdalene Dela Cruz – Philippine Science High School-CARC

Franz Achilles Lindayag – Ateneo de Davao University

Joven Augustus Costales – BHC Educational Institution

Alexa Amaya Dimapilis – Faith Catholic School

Ronaldvince Yrlwin Aquino – Young Shepherd’s School

Jan Cedrick Quintin – Philippine Science High School-Main

Tom Manuel Piccio – Philippine Science High School-Southern Mindanao

Allyana Coleen Reyes – Philippine Science High School-Main

Gregory Charles Tiong – St. Jude Catholic School

Naomi Anne King – St. Jude Catholic School

Aiman Andrei Kue – Zamboanga Chong Hua High School


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Challenges Facing Filipinos Overseas Tackled at Global Online Confab



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Senior officials of the government and private institutions will tackle different problems and challenges facing overseas Filipinos (OFs), including persistent illegal recruitment,  at a global conference for overseas Filipinos to be held here and shown live on YouTube on Feb. 24 and 25.

The “2018 Global Conference of Overseas Filipinos & Livelihood/Investments Exhibition” also aims to help OFs identify which profitable livelihood projects that they can put up back home to secure the financial security of their families.

Between January and November last year, USD28.24 billion (PHP1.41 trillion) were sent home by overseas Filipinos through banking channels, according to data of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Despite their huge earnings, many OFs have not put up sound investments, with scores still taking risks with illegal networking schemes.

“While overseas Filipinos are often hailed as modern heroes (bagong bayani) for sending home over USD20 billion a year, it is ironic that they are beset by numerous problems. This global conference aims to tackle these problems and help identify solutions to them with the assistance of government and private institutions,” said Alliance of Overseas Filipinos for Change (AOFC) President Juanito Concepcion.

Investments and livelihood are, therefore, a major focus of the conference organized by a Hong Kong-based NGO, AOFC, with LINKPAD Inc. in Manila as its secretariat and marketing arm.

 Further details about the event and sponsorships can be obtained from LINKPAD at (02) 734-6300, (02) 788-6521, and (02) 500-0040, 0908-6199582; 0917-5932000 or at

Up to 10,000 overseas Filipinos  gathered in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and in different other countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America are expected to watch online this conference that will be shown live on YouTube and Facebook Live. (PR)

About 500 local participants — comprised of visiting OFs, OFs who have returned home for good, family members of OFs, officials of government agencies and private institutions relevant to OFs and other migration and development stakeholders — are also attending the conference.

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PH Top Officials Discuss Names on 5 Features in PH Rise




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Various government officials will meet to discuss possible Filipino names to give to the five underwater features in the Philippine Rise (formerly Benham Rise) named by China.

In a message Wednesday, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that this matter would be discussed by him, National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon and other members of the Cabinet.

“Pag-uusapan pa namin ni NSA (Esperon) and ibang Cabinet members. (We will talk about it with NSA and other Cabinet members) As for me, I would also give these features Philippine names,” he added.

The DND chief made this statement after maritime law expert Dr. Jay Batongbacal revealed that China successfully named five undersea features in the region, all within the 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the country, as approved by the International Hydrographic Organization in 2017.

Three of the features were reportedly “discovered” during a survey by the Li Shiguang Hao of the China Navy Hydrographic Office in 2004 and the names were submitted to IHO for consideration in 2014.

The remaining two features were “discovered” by the same ship but proposals for names came in 2016. The features named are the Jinghao and Tianbao Seamounts said to be within 70 nautical miles east of Cagayan, and the Haidonquing Seamount located east at 190 nautical miles.

The other two named Cuiqiao Hill and Jujiu Seamount forms the central peaks of the Philippine Rise undersea geological province itself, said Batongbacal.

On Wednesday, Malacanang said the Philippine Embassy in Beijing already raised the subject with China.

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‘Basyang’-Affected Families Now at 37k




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The number of families affected by Tropical Depression Basyang has now climbed to 37,138 or 152,025 persons residing in 387 barangays in 15 provinces in western, central and eastern Visayas, and Caraga, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its Thursday update.

Ricardo Jalad, NDRRMC executive director, said 10,307 families or about 40,089 persons have sought refuge in 194 evacuation centers, while another 470 families or 2,282 individuals are being aided outside evacuation centers.

Jalad also said that 350 houses have been damaged, 66 totally and 284 partially, in western and eastern Visayas, and Caraga.

A total of PHP2,801,016.94 worth of assistance has been provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and local government units to affected families in Western Visayas and Caraga.

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DA Rolls Out ‘Bigas Ng Masa’ Affordable Rice Program




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The Department of Agriculture (DA) set its “Bigas ng Masa” affordable rice program rolling on Wednesday, initially launching it in Quezon City and shortly farming it out to its regional offices nationwide.

To make it more accessible to more Filipinos, the DA said Bigas ng Masa outlets can be set up in the regions, where farmers’ cooperatives can directly sell the affordable rice to consumers.

“We’ll help market their rice,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said in a media briefing Wednesday.

Aside from helping farmers earn, he said such marketing assistance under the Bigas ng Masa would eliminate price-raising layers of middlemen and other players crowding the supply chain, so consumers can buy rice that’s generally cheaper than what’s sold in the market.

With Bigas ng Masa, DA said consumers can buy quality rice at PHP38 per kilogram.

The DA assured looking into interventions that would further lower rice prices without draining the farmers’ income.

Piñol expressed disappointment over reported increases in commercial prices of rice after reports that the National Food Authority has dwindling rice stocks.

He said this should not be the case, as rice harvest in the country even increased last year, based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority.

The DA and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) assured the country’s rice situation is under control, noting “there’s enough rice for everybody” for 92 days straight.

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