20th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad

The Philippine Mathematical Olympiad, a nationwide mathematics competition open to all junior and senior high school students of the Philippines, is carried out in three stages.

The qualifying stage (to be held on October 28, 2017, Saturday) consists of a written exam administered in fifteen (I think) regional testing sites. The exam consists 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 area stage (to be held on November 25, 2017, Saturday) consists of a written exam administered in testing sites for the four areas (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and National Capital Region). The exam consists of twenty answers-only questions and three open-ended questions that require full solutions.

The national stage (to be held on January 20, 2018, Saturday) consists of a written exam and an oral exam administered in Metro Manila. The written exam consists of four open-ended questions that require full solutions to be answered in 4.5 hours. The oral exam (which is open to the public) consists of 30 questions read to the participants and to be answered within a specified time for each item.

Each school may send up to thirty participants (students with a final grade of 88% (or its equivalent) in mathematics in the previous school year). The participants with the top fifty scores in the qualifying stage per area will qualify for the area stage. The participants with the top twenty scores (national ranking) in the area stage will qualify for the national stage. The national finalists will be qualified to join the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Camp (MOSC). The representatives of the country to the International Mathematical Olympiad will be selected from the participants of the MOSC.

I am the regional coordinator for Region V (Bicol Region). Schools in Region V that are interested in participating should complete the official application form and submit it to me on or before 12:00 noon of October 6, 2017 (Friday). My contact information can be found in the official brochure.

70th Anniversary of the First Stamps of the Republic of the¬†Philippines (part 2)

I earlier blogged about these stamps here when I bought a souvenir sheet and two first day covers. Yesterday I was able to buy in the Naga City post office a miniature sheet (with the designs in a se-tenant strip of three) for 108 pesos. (I also bought an additional souvenir sheet for 55 pesos.)

All Terrain Vehicle Red Salamander/Extreme V

This long Tomica appropriately has a long name: All Terrain Vehicle Red Salamander/Extreme V. I bought it for around 400 pesos around a month ago at the Toys “R” Us in Robinsons Place Naga.

The model has a scale of 1/80 and is made in Vietnam. It seems that the two vehicles cannot be separated without removing some screws. The red bodies are made of metal; the black bases are made of plastic. The emergency vehicle lights on the top of each vehicle are made of clear red plastic and the windows are made of clear gray plastic. The continuous tracks are made of rubber and can be removed. Although it looks like each track has seven axles, only the frontmost two and the rearmost one can move.

Inside the box, the model is inside a plastic bag together with a cardboard insert (to prevent rattling). There are two unused stickers (with white text “Morita” on a transparent background) intended to be placed on the front of the front vehicle and on the back of the back vehicle. I don’t know why stickers are needed; the vehicle already has writing of the same size and color painted on.

I’ve kept the box in the original plastic wrapper. “Protect the toy, protect the boy.”

This is one of my longer blog posts which I think is appropriate for a long model.

Conference and Enrichment Sessions on the New GEC

Last September 2-3, 2017, the Council of Deans and Department Chairpersons of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CODDCCAS) Region V held a Conference and Enrichment Sessions on the New General Education Curriculum at the Ateneo de Naga University in Naga City. According to the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office V CHED Regional Memorandum number 82 series of 2017, the activity aims to “enrich approaches in teaching the new GE courses that the General Education teachers will be handling this SY 2018-2019.”

I and Marivic Fullante handled the sessions on “Mathematics in the Modern World.” (I lectured during the morning of September 3, 2017, and she lectured during the afternoon.) Here are the slides that I used: Introduction, Mathematics in Our World, Mathematical Language and Symbols, Problem Solving and Reasoning, and Geometric Designs.

I also talked about the teaching of mathematics using the Filipino language.