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The SDO San Juan participants shone brightly in the recently concluded 2018 PRIMARY MATH OLYMPIAD in Indonesia, Singapore and China held in different countries in Asia last July 27 – August 1, 2018 with the solid support of the local government of San Juan City and the SDO San Juan City.

These little Mathematicians were Lance Gabriel Sanone (Grade 3), Kristoff Nathan Consulta (Grade 5), Christian Benedict Valdespina (Grade 4), and Alyssa Nichole Insigne (Grade 4) all from Pinaglabanan Elementary School. The others were John Laurence Barsica (Grade 4) from San Perfecto Elementary School, Joaquin Arthur Villareal (Grade 4) from San Juan Elementary School and David Pasion (Grade 7) from San Juan National High School.

Before their stint in the competition, the group were not only sponsored by Madam Guia G. Gomez but were also encouraged to “push harder” to show how resilient San Juaneños are especially when faced with adversity. In the presence of their parents and well-wishers, the good mayor said, “Let’s show our foreign counterparts how we are made of. Kaya nyo yan, Batang San Juaneño yata yan!” With this, their eyes were enveloped with determination and resolve as their coaches and parents applauded and cheered them while embracing them with full of love. It was a moving scene, indeed.

Prior to the competitions, the learners were pre-selected in a series of tryouts carried by the Mathematics Teachers Guild (MTG). Students or pupils from different regions all over the Philippines need to pass the Qualifying Examination in order to be eligible to enroll in various programs leading to the event itself.

For his part, Dr. Joel T. Torrecampo, OIC-SDS of San Juan City and the National Vice President of the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), lauded the efforts of the kids and their mentors- “You made the city of San Juan so proud of your achievements. As long as we’re together in a quest like this, nothing is impossible!”, he said.

Mabuhay ang mga Batang San Juaneño!

Article written by:

Mr. Jay F. Macasieb, DEM / Mrs. Helen S. Acedo, EPS in Mathematics

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