Jayson Catindig bags bronze medals in two Singapore Math Olympiads
Ateneo de Manila High School mathlete Jayson Dwight Catindig of 11-N won a bronze medal for each of two international Math Olympiads he participated in recently. He won a bronze medal for the Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO) last summer, and another bronze medal for the inaugural Singapore International Math Olympiad Challenge (SIMOC) which was held in Singapore from August 14-17, 2015.
For SASMO, Jayson competed in the Secondary 4 (Grade 10) category, which counted 1075 participants from Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Brunei. The SIMOC, on the other hand, was participated in by more than 400 students from 13 countries. These 13 nations were China, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
Participation in the SASMO by Filipinos was through a correspondence test which the mathletes took at the Philippine Institute of Quezon City last April 23, 2015. As stated in the Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad website, “SASMO is devoted and dedicated to bringing a love for Mathematics to students. Unlike most Math Olympiad Competitions, SASMO caters not only to students in the top 5% but to the top 40% instead. It aims to arouse students’ interest and enthusiasm for mathematical problem solving, develop mathematical intuition, reasoning and logical thinking, as well as creative and critical thinking.” SASMO is one of the largest Math Olympiads in Asia, with more than 30,000 participants from 15 countries.
The SIMOC is organized by the same group of educational specialists as the SASMO. Per its website, the SIMOC “…provides an interesting and healthy competition platform with Singapore Mathematics as a base and combining Math Olympiad with mathematics games and IQ puzzles to make learning and competitions more exciting and molding mathematicians who are well rounded.”