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 (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.

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.

May bago akong blog

Right now I’m a participant in a training sponsored by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and given by the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). I’m being trained to possibly train other teachers how to teach a new general education college course called “Matematika sa Makabagong Daigdig” (Mathematics in the Modern World) to be offered starting 2018. One of our problems is that there are practically no existing materials (articles, textbooks) written in Filipino about college-level mathematics. To try to address this problem, I’ve decided to create another blog that focuses on this new course. The URL is https://matematikasmd.wordpress.com/ . I hope to provide information and resources that will be of help to teachers and students of this course. (Note that it is a personal blog, and is in no way affiliated with CHED, ADMU, or any other institution.)

19th 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 22, 2016, Saturday) consists of a written exam administered in fourteen (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 six answers-only questions worth 6 points each.

The area stage (to be held on November 19, 2016, 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 21, 2017, 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 twenty 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 International Mathematical Olympiad Summer Camp (IMOSC). The representatives of the country to the International Mathematical Olympiad will be selected from the participants of the IMOSC.

A copy of the Department of Education Advisory number 244, series of 2016 about the 19th PMO is here.

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 September 23, 2016 (Friday). My contact information can be found in the official brochure.

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.

Gift from MathOverflow

Last June 17, 2014, it was announced on MathOverflow Meta that “established users” that “have actually made (and will hopefully continue to make) valuable contributions to this site” would be given gifts if they ask for them. I filled up the form and waited, but I wasn’t sure if they would give the gifts to someone outside the U.S.A.

The goods arrived yesterday. I got a mug, an XL-size T-shirt, and three stickers in a box that was a little too big for the goods. The commercial invoice states that it was sent last October 21, 2015. I was very surprised that it took only around 7 days to reach me. (Most packages sent to me from the U.S.A. take a few weeks to a few months to reach me.) The invoice states that the mug has a value of US$ 5, the T-shirt is worth US$ 3, and each sticker is worth US$ 0.25. Thanks, MathOverflow!