Iloilo Hosts the Philippine International Mathematics Competitions
Iloilo will be hosting the Philippine International Mathematics Competitions (PIMC) that promises to be one of the biggest math contests in Asia. The competition is scheduled on November 2009 but has no definite date and venue yet. Philippines and 18 other countries have signed up so far for the contest, which expects to draw 1,000 contestants consisting of elementary and secondary students. This competition is organized by the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG) with the support of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and the Department of Education.
The competition will be divided into two categories: the 2009 Asia Inter-Cities Teenagers Mathematics Olympiad (AITMO) for the secondary level and the 2009 Philippine Elementary Mathematics International Contest (PEMIC) for the elementary level.
The countries who have signed to join the contests aside from the Philippines are China, Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, India, Iran, South Korea, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Taiwan and Thailand. More countries has been invited to join that includes USA and Germany.
This is really a great opportunity to showcase Iloilo to the world and hosting this kind of international event is a really jubilant. It will surely boost the local tourism thinking that these student participants have coaches and guardians with them during the event. Hope that more and more events, may it be local and international, will be held here in Iloilo. And of course Iloilo must have a convention facility that could cater to thousands of participants in the upcoming events. Hope one will materialize soon!
(details from Manila Bulletin)