Last February 13, 2017, the University of the Philippines Mathematics Majors’ Circle (UP MMC), a non-sectarian, non-partisan, academic organization duly recognized by the Institute of Mathematics, College of Science, UP Diliman, held its 29th Annual Inter-high School Mathematics Competition, MATHirang MATHibay.
Living up to the name of the competition, MATHirang MATHibay has several rounds until only one team remains. It started with a written elimination round where out of 47 teams only 25 teams proceeded to the oral round.
At the oral round, the 25 teams went through a more tedious screening. This round was divided into 12 tiers. At the first two tiers, no team was eliminated. However, in the third tier, teams began to get eliminated, two teams per tier. The oral round ended with the last four surviving teams.
The final round of the competition became more exciting and challenging. Five waves were given with an easy, an average, and a difficult question for each wave before the final winners were announced.
Xavier School was represented by two teams. The first team was composed of Ryan Mark Shao (G10A), Mark Christopher Uy (G12A) and Sedrick Scott Keh (G12A) Their team won 2nd place (Mas Mathibay) with a 0.5 difference from the first place team. The team received Php 15,000 cash prize, a medal, and a trophy.
The second team was composed of Xuanye Li (G11A), Alexander Go (G11A) and Matthew Johann Uy (G12D) who reached Tier 10 and ended at 9th place. They received a certificate.
The achievement of these teams is another record for Xavier School as the last time Xavier School entered the final round was last 2006’s Mathirang Mathibay.
Xavier School congratulates the teams as they worked hard and persevered to excel and survive in this prestigious competition. Luceat Lux!