Technological Institute of the Philippines

Grade 11 T.I.P. student takes silver in international math open

Joshua F. Esma, Grade 11 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) student of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) Quezon City recently won in the 2017 International Mathematics Open for Young Achievers (IMOYA) held in Singapore on September 1-4, 2017.

Esma successfully snagged a silver medal in the Intermediate Division Category of the competition, facing other young contestants from other parts of Asia including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. He was joined by more than 200 young Filipino student delegates who also took home 32 gold, 74 silver, and 166 bronze medals.

According to Esma, his love for math started in grade school. Finding math problems fun and challenging, the former Grade 10 student of Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School started to excel in math, gaining the confidence to join outside math competitions. He then came to find out about IMOYA and participated in the competition with the encouragement of his family, teachers, and fellow students.

The young math whiz related how the experience still felt so surreal for him. “I never thought that I would be competing in that kind of level. It was exciting and nerve-wracking,” he said. Despite his mixed feelings, having prepared himself well for the competition, Esma went through it with confidence. “I am thankful to God and I feel honored that I am one of those who excelled in the competition. I am very happy and relieved that I didn’t let my family, teachers, and colleagues down,” he explained.

When asked what advice he could give fellow SHS T.I.P. students who find math daunting, Esma left this message: “Math may be hard, but just like life, nothing will remain difficult if you try and work on it. Nothing will be scary if you try to face it. Always think positive and remember that we are T.I.P.ians, we never back down from a challenge. Conquer math and show the world out there what we are made of. This is where we shine. This is our time.”