Dion Ong is 4-peat regional champ of MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge, bags bronze in first ever computer programming tilt

February 21, 2018

In the last few weeks, mathlete Dion Stephan Ong of Cardoner/10-Canisius has notched several amazing achievements not only in prestigious national mathematics competitions, but in a new field (for him) as well!

Last January 16, the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) Organizing Committee announced the inclusion of Dion Ong in the list of  top 21 National Finalists. The award ceremony was held in the First Pacific Hall of Ateneo de Manila University’s Rizal Library last January 20, 2018. The 21 finalists will undergo the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Camp (MOSC) to determine the top six who will represent the Philippines in the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held in Romania in July 2018.

In the 2018 Ateneo Mathematical Olympiad (AMO) which was concluded earlier this month, Ong won gold medals for both individual and team rounds, a four-peat feat for him.  

Dion Stephan Ong of Cardoner/10-Canisius was declared regional champion of the 2018 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) Individual Finals last February 3, 2018. The 2018 win is a four-peat for Dion, who also emerged as regional champion of the MMC individual finals in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Per the MMC Facebook page, the Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge is a Math contest for elementary and secondary students in both public and private schools nationwide. It is implemented by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) and the Department of Education (DepEd) and aims to contribute in improving the quality of Mathematics education in the Philippines.
The 2018 MMC was held in Marikina Elementary School

Dion Ong bagged a bronze in the first computer programming competition he ever joined

For the first time ever, Ong recently joined a computer programming competition and bagged a bronze medal while he was at it! Last January, Dion participated in the National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI), considered the most prestigious worldwide high school competition in computer programming. The National Eliminations round saw Dion competing against 155 contestants from 30 schools from all over the Philippines. The contest was a 222-hour online competition that started on 6pm of 5 January 2018 and finished on 11:59 pm of 14 January 2018, and consisted of 15 problems of varying difficulty. Solutions had to be done by programming in either C, C++, Java, or Python. Ong ranked 3rd in this first phase and moved on to the next phase of the competition with 30 other national finalists. 

The NOI.OH 2018 on-site National Finals round was held on February 17-18, 2018 in Pointwest Technologies Corp., in UP Techno-Hub, Quezon City. The 31 National finalists were given two sets of five problems for two consecutive days, each set to be solved in a span of five hours. Ong was ranked #5 here, earning him the bronze medal. (Rank 1:gold; ranks 2-3:silver; ranks 4-6:bronze). As one of the top 6, Ong has been invited to the Singapore National Olympiads in Informatics to be held in Singapore on March 16 to 18, 2018

The ten best performers in the National Finals will also be trained this summer. The final four will be selected to represent the Philippines in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) which will be held in Japan this September 2018.