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Calabarzon math wizards emerge outstanding “mathletes” in Math Week 2013

By Saul Pa-a

UPLB, Los Baños, Laguna, Feb. 27 — The Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics–Math Division of the University of the Philippines Los Baños named the roster of math wizards as “Outstanding Mathletes” during the Math Consciousness Week 2013 culmination rites Tuesday.

Dr. Editha Jose, head of the Mathematics Division and Dr. Virgilio Sison, director of the Institute bared the list of winners according to their proficiency ranking from the participating 24 universities and colleges and 20 secondary schools in the Calabarzon region comprising Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.

The five outstanding collegiate mathletes bested 95 other contenders: Nikko San Antonio Gammad of De La Salle Lipa; Dan Mark Cuevas – Batangas State University; Paul Buenvenida – De La Salle Canlubang; Erwin Zarsadias Jr. – De La Salle Dasmariñas, Cavite and Dhenmar Chua – De La Salle Dasmariñas.

The top five high school mathletes emerged from the 69 competitors: John Michael Maglinao – Canossa Academy Lipa; Aldrine Pambago – Los Baños National High School; Jefferson Ropan – Sisters of Mary School Boystown; Robert Jude Landoy – Los Baños National High School and Edgar Laurrence Osis – Colegio San Agustin Biñan.

The “Math Consciousness Week (MCW)” is an annual activity organized by the Mathematics Division of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics, UPLB and adopted this year’s celebratory theme “Math for Life! Towards the Emerging Trends in Systems Biology.”

According to the Math Week 2013 organizers, the MCW marked its 8th year since 2005 and focused this year on promoting the field of systems biology using the language of mathematics.

The campus activities presented how systems biology developed in the country, showcased initiatives of the Mathematics Division in relation to systems biology and identified future collaborations with other units within or outside UPLB.

Among the highlights were the symposium on the current projects/researches related to systems biology in the Philippines; conferment of awards to outstanding instructors, students, organizations and special programs; week-long exhibits and the Calabarzon region-wide mathematics competition for the college level and high school category.

The Math Division featured the “Search of the Outstanding Mathlete” as a major highlight in the week-long celebration and marked its 3rd year as an individual mathematics quiz wizard competition for the college level and the first for the high school tilt.

The Mathletic event is open to any bonafide student enrolled in any collegiate or secondary school in the CALABARZON region.

Jonathan Mamplata, chair of the working committee informed the high school division has been endorsed by the Department of Education (DepEd) while the collegiate level by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

With the UPLB Foundation Inc as major sponsor, the top five secondary level winners received the following prizes: First Place – P 5000 cash prize, gold medal and a plaque; Second Place – P 3000, silver medal, plaque; Third Place – P 1000, bronze medal, plaque; Fourth Place – P 500, medal and Fifth Place – P 500, medal.

The Mathematical Society of the Philippines-Calabarzon (MSP-C) was a major sponsor for the collegiate level conferring the prizes: First Place – P 5000, gold medal, plaque; Second Place – P 3000, silver medal, plaque; Third Place – P 2000, bronze medal, plaque; Fourth Place – P 1000, medal and Fifth Place – P 1000, medal.

Meanwhile, the IMSP – Physics Division also observed its 29th Physics Fair with the theme “If it works, it’s Physics.”

The celebration started mid-February for the showing of Physics movies, toy bazaar, Physics games, special lecture series and continuing table top experiments in physics until March 4.

The Physics Division is also hosting a Physics Dialogue on March 4 at the institute’s lecture hall.

UPLB-IMSP emerged as one of the country’s National Centers of Excellence in the Basic Sciences since the Presidential issuances were issued three decades ago.

This NCOE system was institutionalized to advance science and technology in the country and specifically strengthen and broaden the national capability to train scientific leaders and conduct research in the basic sciences.

UPLB-IMSP also gained the CHED’s recognition as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Mathematics Education and as a Center of Development (COD) for Excellence in Physics Education for implementing the highest standards in instruction, research and extension. (PNA)


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