This semester, I am teaching an undergraduate class in Filipino. (The course is called “Matematika sa Makabagong Daigdig” or “Mathematics in the Modern World.”) I was trying to say “When was the concept of zero invented and accepted as denoting a number?” in Filipino and I came up with “Kailan inimbento at tinanggap na nagtutukoy ng isang numero ang konsepto ng sero?” I entered it in Google Translate to see how it would translate it. But instead of translating Filipino to English, it seems that it was set up to translate English to Filipino. I was surprised with the sentence that Google Translate came up with (“Anu-ano ang mga halimbawa ng mga tula tungkol sa wika?” means “What are the examples of poems about language?”).
I made a small change to my sentence (using “naimbento instead of “inimbento“) and Google Translate came up with “Sinu-sino ang mga pilipinong nagtaguyod ng pangatnig?” which I would translate as “Who are the Filipinos who established conjunctions?” However, it seems that Google Translate has a different translation.
There were 210 participants who took the 20th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Stage for Region 5. Of these, eight made it to the Area Stage:
- Gabrielle Jackie C. Candano (University of Santo Tomas Legazpi)
- Dale Angelo A. Cortez (Ateneo de Naga University Senior High School)
- Jericho M. Fraginal (Ateneo de Naga University Senior High School)
- Jose C. Ibarrientos (University of Saint Anthony)
- John Angelo O. Oringo (Philippine Science High School Bicol Region Campus)
- Jude Ericsson B. Regorgo (University of Santo Tomas Legazpi)
- Errol John E. Suarez (University of Santo Tomas Legazpi)
- Hans Mackenzie D. Uy (Saint Joseph School)
The list of 50 area stage qualifiers for Luzon (excluding those from the National Capital Region) is here. There were 51 area stage qualifiers from NCR, 55 from Visayas, and 52 from Mindanao.
The Area Stage for Region 5 will be held on November 25, 2017 at room AL411A of the
newly-built Fr. Godofredo Alingal, S.J. Hall in the Bagumbayan campus of Ateneo de Naga University. Registration starts at 12:30 pm (in the same room). Reproduced below is an announcement from the PMO staff:
Reminders for the Coaches and Students (Re: 20th PMO Area Stage)
- The PMO Area Stage is on November 25, 2017.
- Confirm the testing venue with the PMO coordinator in your region before the exam date. You may find his/her name, address and contact number at the PMO website (http://pmo.ph). S/he is the same coordinator during the qualifying stage.
- On November 25, 2017, arrive at the testing center early. Registration will begin at 12:30 pm and the exam will begin promptly at 2:00 pm and end at 5:00 pm. Late examinees will not be given additional time.
- The student must bring his/her school ID for identification.
- Each student must bring his/her own blue or black pen for the exam. (All final answers and solutions to the examination must be in blue or black ink.)
- Students will be allowed to use rulers, protractors and compasses.
- Calculators will NOT be allowed.
- The examination will consist of two parts. The first part has 20 questions that require the final answers only and the second part has 3 open-ended questions that require complete solutions.
- The names of the students who will qualify for the national stage will be released on or before December 20, 2017.
- The top 3 scorers in each area will be given medals and subsidized fare to attend the National Finals and Awarding Program.
In my hurry to buy the Majorette Tuk-tuks I saw last October 22, 2017, I didn’t realize that there were four color variants for that series. I went to the store a week later and was able to buy the fourth one.
Note that the blue one I blogged about earlier has silver wheels and a red windshield frame; the one above has yellow wheels and a yellow windshield frame.
I was also able to buy the two color variants of the Majorette Auto Rickshaw. According to the Majorette Diecast Database, it seems that the four Tuk-tuks are intended for sale only in Thailand, while the two Auto Rickshaws are intended for sale only in India.
At first sight, this Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile (2017) looks exactly like the 2016 version I blogged about before. But note that the 2016 card is numbered “229/250” whereas this 2017 card is numbered “267/365.”
I bought this Hot Wheels Ford Transit Connect only because of its circle flame logo.
The weird models that I mentioned in an earlier blog post were tuk-tuks. I’ve never seen scale models of these before, and the fact that these were priced a little high (around 180 pesos; an ordinary Majorette costs around 110 pesos) implies that there were probably a lower number of them produced (because their quality seems to be similar to that of ordinary models).
The quality is pretty good for the price. The main body (colored red, green, or blue) is made of metal; the rest are made of plastic. The models are made in Thailand and have a scale of 1:47 (which is a problem since most of my models have a scale of around 1:64).
I found models in three different colors; I don’t know if there are models in other colors. At the top of the roof is a sign labeled “TAXI,” the rear of the vehicle has a sign labeled “THAILAND,” the right side has a sign labeled “มจ 1964” (possibly “MC 1964”), and the front has a sign labeled “มจ 1964” plus a few more Thai characters that I couldn’t read.
The 20th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Stage will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, October 28, 2017. It is a written exam consisting of fifteen multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each, ten multiple-choice questions worth 3 points each, and five answers-only questions worth 6 points each.
The Regional Testing Center for Region V is Ateneo de Naga University. The qualifying stage will be held at the first two floors of the Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Hall of the ADNU Bagumbayan Campus (Ateneo Avenue, Bagumbayan Sur, Naga City); registration will be done in the same building. The participants must be in their assigned examination rooms by 1:00 pm. The exam starts at 2:00 pm and ends at 5:00 pm (even for those who arrived late).
Participants must be at the venue before 12:00 nn to register. The registration fee of PhP 150 per participant must be paid before the exam starts. An official receipt will be given for each school (and not for each participant). Applicants who submitted their application forms through e-mail must submit the original application forms to the registration staff during registration. Participants and coaches must bring identification cards that have ID pictures, preferably those issued by their schools.
Scratch papers will be provided during the exam. The only materials that the participants are allowed to have on their desks immediately before the examination are: blue or black ballpoint pen, pencil (required), eraser, ruler, compass, and protractor. All other items such as notes, books, cellular phones, etc. are not allowed on the participants’ desks, but these may be placed in a designated area in the room. Calculators are not allowed.
Participants are not allowed to leave the examination room during the exam. (Participants who need to use the bathroom must do so before the exam starts.) Participants who leave the room before the exam has ended are considered to have finished the exam; they must submit their questionnaires and answer sheets to the proctor before they leave and they are not allowed to return to continue the exam.
Certificates of appreciation for each student and each coach and certificates of appearance (only for those who explicitly request it) will be distributed to the coaches or school representatives.