Spot the difference

What’s better than having two blue Hot Wheels ’77 Pontiac Firebirds? Having one of them be an error copy. As you can see from the picture below, the one on the right is missing the decorations on (at least) one side. While errors are highly sought after in the philatelic and numismatic world (and, in some cases, in the comic book collecting world), I’m not sure how they are treated in the toy business.

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19th PMO: Area Stage Qualifiers (Region 5)

There were 291 participants who took the 19th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Stage for Region 5. Of these, 11 made it to the Area Stage:

  • Candano, Gabrielle Jackie (Aquinas University of Legazpi Science High School)
  • Capin, June Lorenz (University of Nueva Caceres)
  • Fraginal, Jericho (University of Saint Anthony)
  • Gamba, Levi Jhon (Philippine Science High School-Bicol Region Campus)
  • Mendez, Eric Fabian Jr (Philippine Science High School-Bicol Region Campus)
  • NataƱo, John Harold (Vinzons Pilot High School)
  • Oringo, John Angelo (Philippine Science High School-Bicol Region Campus)
  • Suarez, Errol John (Aquinas University of Legazpi Senior High School)
  • Uy, Hans Mackenzie (Saint Joseph School)
  • Uy, Jillian Hannah (Saint Joseph School)
  • Villegas, Dominic (Saint Joseph School)

The list of 55 area stage qualifiers for Luzon (excluding those from the National Capital Region) is here. There were 50 area stage qualifiers from NCR, 52 from Visayas, and 55 from Mindanao.

The Area Stage for Region 5 will be held on November 19, 2016 at the Ateneo de Naga University (Bagumbayan campus). The exam room is D414 on the fourth floor of the Francis C. Dolan, S.J. Hall; registration will be done on the first floor of the same building. Reproduced below is an announcement from the PMO staff:

Reminders for the Coaches and Students (Re: 19th PMO Area Stage)

  1. The PMO Area Stage is on November 19, 2016.
  2. 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.
  3. On November 19, 2016, arrive at the testing center early. Registration will begin at 1:00 noon and the exam will begin promptly at 2:00 pm and end at 5:00 pm. Late examinees will not be given additional time.
  4. The student must bring his/her school ID for identification.
  5. 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.)
  6. Students will be allowed to use rulers, protractors and compasses.
  7. Calculators will not be allowed.
  8. The examination will consist of two parts. The first part has 20 answers-only questions and the second part has 3 open-ended questions.
  9. The names of the students who will qualify for the national stage will be released on or before December 20, 2016.
  10. The top 3 scorers in each area will be given medals and subsidized fare to attend the National Finals and Awarding Program.