A moment that truly MATH-ers
Manila, Philippines –
Mathematics is one discipline I will never tire of immersing myself into. It’s simply fascinating. Having been an educator for four years, I can still recall how I would casually challenge my students to disprove me that mathematics is both fun and meaningful.
One need not be a Euclid or a Sir Isaac Newton or a Carl Friedrich Gauss to embrace mathematics. It is an essential tool, a life-skill we all use in any field of study. That’s why it is very important that concepts are presented in the context of daily living for it to be better appreciated. Whether it be algebra, geometry, calculus, or applied mathematics, the beauty of math lies in how we use it to solve real everyday problems.
In the recently concluded Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) conducted by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT), a number of Filipino math wizards once again made our country proud. Ten students were presented prize awards while 38 other students received high distinction certificates and certificates of prudence in the awarding ceremonies held at Manila Grand Opera Hotel. The ceremonies were led by Australian Ambassador Rod Smith and Peter Taylor, Executive Director of the Australian Mathematics Trust together with Dr Estrella Alabastro, Secretary for the Department of Science and Technology, Dr Simon Chua, President of the Mathematics Trainers Guild of the Philippines and Philippine National AMC Director, Dr. Filma Brawner, Executive Director of the Philippine Science High School, and Lilia Lauron of the Science Education Institute.
The awardees are Dann Julius Tan-fourth year high school, Chiang Kai Shek College; Carmela Antonette Lao-second year HS, Saint Jude Catholic School; Henry Jeffrson Morco first year HS, Chiang Kai Shek College; and Jose Enrico Leceta-fourth year HS, Quezon City Science High School Main. For the complete list of awardees, you may refer to this write up by Rainier Allan Ronda in Philstar entitled Australia honors 59 Pinoy whiz kids.
To all these brilliant students, their beaming parents, and their tireless mentors, congratulations! May your triumph inspire every Filipino to use their knowledge and skills for the betterment of the nation.