Cavite genius Emmanuel Osbert Cajayon is among the winning trio at 20th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO), the country’s oldest and most prestigious mathematics competition for secondary school students.
Being the 1st runner up, the grade 12 student from Emilio Aguinaldo College received a trophy and 3 medals (Top 3 of Luzon, National Finalist and First Runner Up) along with a cash prize during awarding ceremony held at Ateneo de Manila University.
According to reports, 4,678 junior and senior high school students took the qualifying examination but only 208 made it to the Area Stage and 21 on the National Finals. Needless to say, if being a national finalist in the said competition is already tough, then securing a victorious spot is much more difficult.
The Cavite pride has been acquiring multiple awards from numerous math competitions in and out of the country, proving his excellence in numbers. In fact, he obtained a perfect score in the Fermat contest run by the Center for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) of the University of Waterloo in Canada. Moreover, he bagged for the Philippines a silver medal in the 2016 International Math Competition in Singapore and was also a silver medalist in the 2017 China North Math Olympiad.
Indeed, Cajayon is not only a pride of Cavite but of the whole country.
Throughout his journey, whilst he’d sometimes feel like being on top of the world for winning medals he has earned from months of sleepless study sessions, there were also agonizing moments whenever he was not able to get the medal or the rank he’s been eyeing for. However, realizations hit him. “I realized that awards are what others value, but it is the struggle which gives me the perseverance which I need for my development as a human,” stated him.
As per him, his experience as a learner and competitor in the field of Mathematics has shown him the value of never giving up in the struggles of life.
“Through mathematics, I’ve realized that the value of life is not in its achievements, but in how you find value in everything you try to achieve,” expressed Cajayon.