CJ Magno of 2A wins silver medal for RP in Int’l Math Contest; RP is over-all champion

August 08, 2013
Paul Daza; Photos by Bojet Rabena of AHS EMC

IMC silver medalist Christopher Joseph Magno with his certificateAteneo de Manila High School sophomore Christopher Joseph C. Magno of 2-A won a silver medal in the 9th International Mathematics Contest (IMC) that was held in Singapore from August 2 to 5. Magno, whose nickname is "CJ,"  was part of the Philippine team that won first  place over all in the 2013 IMC, ending the winning streak of China. Prior to the 9th IMC, China had dominated the IMC for several years straight.

CJ was one of two Ateneans who won silver medals for Team Philippines at the IMC. The other silver medalist was Dion Stephan Ong of Ateneo Grade School’s class of 6-Malacañang. All in all, Team Philippines won a total of 161 medals at the IMC: 23 gold, 45 silver, and 93 bronze medals. China’s haul of 153 medals put them at second place, while Singapore placed third with 124 medals.

In a letter to AHS Associate Principal for Academic Affairs Ma. Jennifer Concepcion, Christopher’s mother Teri E. Gitana states that, “…the excellent and holistic training that (Christopher) is receiving from the Ateneo has been instrumental to his achieving this wonderful outcome.”   

CJ spent his elementary years in Falcon School. In his freshman year at Ateneo High School, he was a consistent honor student, receiving Second Honors in the first term and Honorable Mention in the second and third terms. The subjects he is most challenged by at the AHS are Filipino and Araling Panlipunan. CJ is also part of the Fencing organization, and serves daily during morning Masses at the St. Stanislaus Kostka Chapel.

Newsbytes Philippines reports that the 9th International Mathematics Contest was participated in by 1300 young math wizards from the Philippines, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Iran, India, and other countries. According to CJ, the contestants were grouped in rooms according to their year level and supervised by a proctor as they took the IMC test. He trained for two months with the Mathematics Training Guild (MTG) Philippines to prepare for the IMC.