Grade 12-student Bryce Ainsley Sanchez of Grace Christian College bested over two dozen other finalists at the 23rd Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) held online last March 19 to 20, earning the top title for the third year in a row.
First-runner-up Steven Reyes of Saint Jude Catholic School, also a Grade 12 student, is a consistent national finalist in previous PMOs. He well as a silver medalist in the International Physics Olympiad in 2018 and 2019.
Meanwhile, the second runner up, Grade 10-student Raphael Dylan Dalida of Philippine Science High School-Main Campus, was the first runner up in last year’s PMO, as well as a bronze medalist alongside Sanchez at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in the same year.
“Bryce’s achievement is all the more notable and exemplary given the challenges that everyone—most especially students like him and his fellow competitors—have had to face over the past year,” said Director Josette Biyo of the Department of Science and Technology’s Science Education Institute, referring to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“They all truly deserve to be called Filipino Olympians,” she added.
“Mathematics truly knows no bounds, and our students and competitors are a living testament to this,” said Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) president Emmanuel Cabral.
The PMO is a long-standing tradition for the MSP, which has been organizing the Olympiad as an annual proving ground for some of the country’s brightest young minds for almost four decades.
The competition is the Philippines’ most prestigious nationwide mathematics competition for secondary school students, who compete for the honor of representing the nation at the annual IMO.