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.

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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.)

Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching ‘Mathematics in the Modern World’

I was a speaker during the Council of Deans and Department Chairs of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CODDCCAS) Region V General Assembly held from July 17, 2017 to July 18, 2017 at the Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City. I presented a talk about my experiences being a trainer in the Second-Generation GE Faculty Training.

Click here to get a copy of my slides.

Miss Universe Pageant Philippines

Last April 5, 2017, I passed by the Philippine Postal Corporation in Manila and bought a few items for my “Philippine stamps about Philippine stamps” collection.

To celebrate the holding of the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant in the Philippines, three stamps (with denominations of 12, 17, and 55 pesos) and one souvenir sheet (with a denomination of 100 pesos) were issued on January 24, 2017. 103,500 of the stamps and 6,000 of the souvenir sheet were made.

I was able to buy a miniature sheet (with the designs in a se-tenant strip of three) (for 252 pesos), a souvenir sheet (for 100 pesos) and the first day covers (for 99 pesos and 115 pesos).

There were no ready-made first day covers for the three stamps, so the employee at the store sold me the stamps and the first day cover separately and told me to go upstairs to have them postmarked. From the stamps available for sale, I chose three with a bottom selvage. (I’m hoping mine is the only first day cover with selvage.)

70th Anniversary of the First Stamps of the Republic of the Philippines

Last April 5, 2017, I passed by the Philippine Postal Corporation in Manila and bought a few items for my “Philippine stamps about Philippine stamps” collection.

To celebrate the 2016 National Stamp Collecting Month, three stamps (each with a denomination of 12 pesos, with the designs in a se-tenant strip of three) and one souvenir sheet (with a denomination of 55 pesos) were issued on October 21, 2016. 81,000 of the stamps and 5,000 of the souvenir sheet were made.

I wasn’t able to buy any of the three stamps, but I was able to buy the souvenir sheet (for 55 pesos) and the first day covers (for 44.96 pesos and 63.96 pesos).

Second-generation training

(This post is an English translation of this one.)

I am a trainer in the “Second-Generation GE Faculty Training” described in Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) number 8 series of 2017 titled “Implementing Guidelines for the Faculty Training for the New General Education Core Courses: Second-Generation Training.”

Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) is a Delivering Higher Education Institution for this training. (See this letter from the CHED Office of Programs and Standards Development and this Memorandum from the Chairperson for Region V.) I am a trainer for the course “Matematika sa Makabagong Daigdig” (Mathematics in the Modern World). The training will be held in ADNU from April 24, 2017 to May 13, 2017.

The Philippines in 1598

Swann Galleries sold this double-page engraved map of the islands of Southeast Asia last December 8, 2016. Lot 70 was a copy of Petrus Placius’s Insulae Moluccae Celeberrimae printed in 1598. What interested me the most is the fact that the Philippines is represented with Luzon and Visayas in blue and Mindanao in red, implying that Mindanao is a separate entity from the rest of the Philippines.

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