3 ASHS mathletes win golds for PH at IMOYA

January 22, 2021

Representing the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila Senior High School mathletes Deanne Algenio (11-Borja), Sophia Algenio (12-Acquaviva), Martin Bustos (11-Torres), Marion De Leon (12-Pro), Aaron Cacas (12-Navarro), Marin De Leon (11-Realino), Kelgie Ong (12-Pantalia), Ninna Rivera (12-Oldcorne), and Harvey Allen Ylanan (11-Torres) were among the medal awardees in the 2020 International Mathematics Open for Young Achievers (IMOYA). The IMOYA was held virtually in Bangkok, Thailand on December 1 and 2, 2020. Deanne, Sophia and Martin won the gold award, while Marion earned the silver award. Bagging bronze awards were Aaron, Marin, Kelgie, Ninna, and Harvey Allen.  

Their awards were among the 29 gold, 103 silver, and 238 bronze awards harvested by the Philippines, which placed second overall among the 11 countries in the annual contest. However, the Filipino math wizards outperformed their Southeast Asian rivals from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore in garnering more gold awards than powerhouse China. Of note too is the fact that three of the Philippines’ gold awards were contributed by three siblings studying at Ateneo de Manila: Sophia Algenio, Deanne Algenio, and younger brother Xavier Algenio (currently an 8th grader in Ateneo de Manila Junior High School).    

(L-R) IMOYA gold medalist siblings Xavier, Deanne, and Sophia Algenio
IMOYA aims to strengthen the mathematical intuition and computational skills of participants, and promotes cross-cultural interaction espousing camaraderie, understanding and respect for diversity. It also provides an in-depth mathematical experience for the enrichment of the students’ reasoning ability and creative thinking skills to solve challenging mathematics problems.