Dion Ong and Jimbo Bernardo are among Phil Math Olympiad’s 22 Nat’l Finalists

January 06, 2020
Paolo Iyulores and Paul Daza; Photos by Chris De Luna and Elmer Gadaingan

Dion Ong (left) and Jimbo Bernardo

Two students in Ateneo de Manila University’s Basic Education unit- Dion Ong of STEM/12-Pro and Jimbo Bernardo of La Storta/10-Garnier- are among the top 22 mathletes from all over the Philippines who have been selected to compete in the National Finals of the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) on January 18, 2020. The Top 22 is also the pool from which the Top 6 will be chosen to represent the Philippines in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from July 8 to 18, 2020.

The other PMO national finalists came from Philippine Science High School, Saint Stephen’s High School, Palawan Hope Christian School, International School Manila, MGC New Life Christian Academy, Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science, Manila Science High School, De La Salle University Integrated School Manila, Regional Science High School – III, University of San Carlos NC (STEM), Saint Jude Catholic School, Grace Christian College, Marcelo H. Del Pilar National High School, and Victory Christian International School.

Jimbo Bernardo and Dion Ong are among the most accomplished mathletes of the Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS) and Ateneo Senior High School (ASHS), respectively, with dozens of medal finishes in national and international math competitions in the last several years. On November 21, 2019, Jimbo Bernardo received three awards at a ceremony held in the SM North Edsa Skydome: the "Prize Award" for the 2019 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), the "Medal Winner for Mathematics" in the 2019 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS), and the "High Distinction for Science" in the 2019 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS).  Earlier that month, Bernardo was also named one of the gold winners in Age Group 9 of the Math Without Borders (MWB) Autumn Round Competition. From July 11-22, 2019, Dion Ong represented the Philippines in the 60th edition of the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Bath, United Kingdom, where he bagged a bronze medal. He was reportedly the first Ateneo High School student to win a medal in the IMO, which is the largest and most prestigious of all the international math Olympiads.