ADNU mathematics summer 2017 seminar-workshops

The Department of Mathematics of the Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) is organizing a series of seminar-workshops to be held on June 1, 2, and 3, 2017 at the Instructional Media Center of the ADNU main campus (at Bagumbayan Sur, Naga City). The resource speaker for all three seminar-workshops is Dr. Ian June L. Garces of Ateneo de Manila University.

The Seminar-Workshop on Formative Assessment and the Teaching of Math on June 1, 2017 (Thursday) has private and public high school (and possibly elementary) math teachers as the target audience.

The Coaches’ Training in Math Competitions on June 2, 2017 (Friday) has private and public high school math coaches as the target audience.

The Seminar-Workshop on Problem Solving and Mathematical Investigation on June 3, 2017 (Saturday) has high school and college math teachers and graduate students in math as the target audience.

Additional information about the seminar-workshops can be found here.

Understanding Physiological Complexities using a Mathematical Microscope

When the Bicol Science, Technology & Engineering Conference 2017 was cancelled, one of the plenary speakers, Aurelio Asug De Los Reyes V, agreed to still give his talk but to a smaller audience: the faculty, staff, and students of Ateneo de Naga University. The talk on mathematical modeling of physiological processes is being organized by ADNU’s Department of Mathematics, Department of Natural Sciences, and Graduate School on January 25, 2017 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the CCMF Amphitheater. Admission is free.


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)
  • Nataño, 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 ( 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.

Bicol Science, Technology & Engineering Conference 2017

Edit made on January 11, 2017: BiSTEC 2017 has been cancelled. Details can be found in the comment to this post.

The Ateneo de Naga University College of Science and Engineering is organizing the first Bicol Science, Technology & Engineering Conference (BiSTEC 2017) on January 25-27, 2017 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines.

The theme is “Science and Technology Towards Bicol Development” and the sub-themes are Science and Technology Innovations, Mathematical Modeling, Climate Change Adaptation, Computational Intelligence, Natural Products and Molecular Medicine, and Environmental Issues and Problems. The plenary speakers are Fabian M. Dayrit, Joel S. Marciano, Jr., Aurelio Asug De Los Reyes V, Carlo A. Arcilla, Bryan Martin, and Allan A. Sioson.


Click here to see the BiSTEC 2017 brochure containing a call for papers.

19th PMO: Instructions for Qualifying Stage (Region 5)


The 19th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Stage for Region V will be held this October 22, 2016, Saturday, at the Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Camarines Sur.  The exam rooms are at the second and third floors of the Francis C. Dolan, S.J. Hall; registration will be done in the same building.

If you sent your application forms through e-mail, please bring the original application forms with you and submit them to the registration staff on October 22, 2016, if possible.

Participants and coaches must bring identification cards that have ID pictures, preferably those issued by their schools.

Registration starts at 10:00 am.  Participants should be in their assigned rooms by 1:45 pm.  The exam will start at 2:00 pm and is expected to last 2 hours.  Participants who arrive late must take the exam in a room reserved for late-comers (and not their assigned room) so as not to disturb the other participants who started on time.  The exam ends at 4:00 pm, even for those who arrived late.

Once the exam has started, participants may not leave the room until it has ended.  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.

The only materials that the students are allowed to have on their desks immediately before the examination are:  blue or black ballpoint pen, pencil, eraser, ruler, compass, and protractor.  All other items such as notes, books, cellular phones, etc. are not allowed on your desks, but these may be placed in a designated area in the room.  Calculators are not allowed.

2016 ACM-ICPC Philippines Southern Luzon


I was a problem setter and judge for the 2016 ACM-ICPC Philippines Southern Luzon Invitational Contest held last October 1, 2016 at the Ateneo de Naga University.

The winning team was from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. It solved 7 of the 12 problems. (The teams were given 5 hours.) The results are shown below. (The image has been slightly edited.)


If I’m not mistaken, the warm-up problems were the same as last year’s.  The contest problems are here. I provided two contest problems: “C” (Billiard Paths 1) and “H” (Billiard Paths 2).  (My slides explaining my solutions are here and here.) As you can see from the scoreboard below, two teams attempted problem “C” (and both succeeded), and no team attempted problem “H.”


I was also a problem setter and judge in 20152014, and 2013.

2016 Bicol Mathematics Conference

The 2016 Bicol Mathematics Conference will be held on February 29 to March 2, 2016 (Monday to Wednesday) in Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Philippines. Three plenary talks will be given (pure mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics education). I am the plenary speaker for mathematics education.