The pride of DoñaPilar Learning Center Foundation, Inc. (DPLCFI) Veronica Paige Tagoon, a Grade V pupil, won third place in the International Mathematics Open for Young Achievers (IMOYA) that was held in Singapore on September 1-4.
Veronica was among the Filipino Math Whizkids who participated in the international contest. The competition was participated by 2,203 students from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The Philippines bagged a total of 273 medals. They won 32 gold, 75 silver and 166 bronze medals to place third based on the medal tally, said Dr. Archieval Rodriguez, president of the Mathematics Development Academy of the Philippines (MATHDAP).
The contest which was held at the United World College of South East Asia-Dover Campus in Singapore, featured two challenging rounds, the individual and group round. It was each student’s goal to score as high as possible in these rounds in the hopes of winning medals. Included in the individual round are Basic Calculating Skills & Problem Solving for the first part, second part is multiple choice problem solving and the third is problem solving without choices. In the group round, each table featured a question which should be answered within three minutes then they will switch to another table. There are six tables in total.
All her hard work and determination was totally paid off when she knew she won the competition. She was asked if she will join another competition she said, “If there is a chance I will surely join.” Veronica was thankful to those who also supported her, the DPLCFI Family, Dr. & Mrs. Julian P. Rodriguez Jr., Atty. Ramon R. Lucas of Rufina Patis Corporation, Rowena Hizon-Daluz, Narciso L. Rodriguez of Paradise Island Park & Beach Resort, Ma. Pilar Rosario E. Rodriguez, Mr. & Mrs. Jesse A. Fortich of Asiaquip Camp Inc. and DPLC Parent-Teachers Association.
Veronica got inspired by her grandfather who was good in Math. She studied her lessons during her free times aiming to win this competition. Her sole companion during the competition was her mother Mercid Lyka T. Tagoon. During times of doubt her mother would give her the advice, “Don’t give up, take time in answering the questions.” This gave her the reassurance she needed to bag the bronze.
It was surely an amazing and fun experience for Veronica, before and after the competition they had tours in different places in Singapore like Universal Studios, Merlion Park & Gardens by the Bay were she experienced different types of food and culture.
The school is indeed very proud of Veronica for all her achievements and it is striving hard to exceed its limitations to produce competitive learners like Veronica who meet international standards. KlaretteFei J. Mendez