Negrense wins gold In
Singapore math tilt
A Negrense was one of a group of Filipino students who topped a recent international math contest in Singapore, where Filipino Filbert Ephraim Wu, 9, emerged as the only contestant to attain a perfect score.
Negrense Jose Ignacio Locsin of the Philippine Science High School-Main was a gold medalist.
The Philippine team won 63 medals – 14 gold, 20 silver, and 29 bronze – the Philippines was first overall in the inaugural Singapore International Mathematics Olympiad Challenge (SIMOC) held August 14-17.
The Olympiad had 426 participants from Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.*
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Festival in Silay today
Dance performances, cooking contests, “school wars”, and the planting of thousands of mangrove trees will highlight the 11 th Pagatpat Festival today in Barangay Balaring, Silay City in Negros Occidental.
“Pagatpat”, the only festival in the province, and maybe in the country, that centers on the propagation of mangrove forests is spearheaded by the Ikaw-Ako Foundation, with the support of the Silay City government, Barangay Balaring officials, and the Department of Education.
Students of the Sakuragaoka High School from Japan will also join the event, and interact with Silaynon students.
The whole-day activity will start with an opening program at the Brgy. Balaring covered court, at 8:30 a.m., and the participants will be welcomed by Barangay Captain Remy Roldan. Special guest is Marissa Montelibano, Hugyaw Silay Inc. chairperson, who will declare the festival open. The Hugyaw Silay dancers will then lead the crowd in a mass dance to the beat of the Pagatpat Festival music, the press release also said.
Balaring Mangrove Planters Association and Ikaw-Ako Foundation prepared 2,000 seedlings for a tree planting activity at the Balaring Mangrove Eco-Park, to be participated in by students, barangay and city officials, and guests.
A cooking contest will also be held at the covered court, where the 16 puroks of Balaring will prepare their best dishes to prove that the barangay is the uncontested “Seafood Capital of Silay”, the press release also said.
At 1 p.m., the “school wars” inter-school competition will take place at the covered court. Games to be played include needle threading, three-leg relay, and oreo slide.
Intermission numbers will be provided by students from Dona Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School, Hawaiian Phil. Co, and the Sakuragaoka High School.
Winners in various competitions will be awarded by Yorihisa Goto of Ikaw-Ako Foundation during the closing ceremony.
Pagatpat Festival is held every year, not only to celebrate the successful reforestation of the 50-hectare Balaring mangrove eco-park but also to remind everyone, especially the community and the youth, of the importance of working together to help save the environment, the press release added.*
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