The Search Is On for the Ten Outsatnding Young Mathematician

Numbers and I don’t go really well. We had a bad relationship when I stepped in 5th grade. Everything changed perhaps because I was under a math teacher who doesn’t deliver lessons very well and was in a tough competition before and can no longer keep up. But I have an engineer mother who kept pushing me to learn how to do mental calculation because she claims I will need it in the long run. She was right, but what happened? I never learned it. Ever! Don’t get me wrong though, I know basics and medicine calculations but when it comes to complex equations, when it already involves all the relationships of the alphabet, I just sip my coffee for that.

I am not surprised if Philippines’ math literacy has a very low rank. I for one am included in those who have not-so-good relationship with numbers. We know very well that math is very important in our everyday lives.

Julie Lim, VP of Collins International, Inc. 
“With TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Mathematicians) Awards, Sharp Calculators aims to foster the academic excellence of the Filipino Youth in Math as we recognize their extraordinary math skills to motivate them further in becoming the future think tanks of this country. We also hope to raise the status of mathematics in society -- to stimulate the interest of the students, the academic and the general public to the significance of Math in the development of the society,” said Collins International Trading Corporation’s Assistant Vice President Mr. Lucero Ong.
Lucero Ong (AVP Collins International), Ruby Cristobal (Div Chief Science and Technology Manpower Educ Research-DOST), Julie Lim (VP Collins International)
“Notable Filipino mathematicians such as Raymundo Favila, Casimiro del Rosario, Gregorio Y. Zara, Amador Muriel, Tito A. Mijares and Jose A. Marasigan have all been recognized for their contributions to diverse fields of physics, astronomy, biophysics and biotechnology. Who knows maybe the next great Mathematician would be among our TOYM awardees,” Mr. Ong added.


  • Open to all public and private high school students in the National Capital Region who have completed at least two years of high school. They must be Filipino citizen either naturalized or born.
  • Nominee must be among the Top 3 students in math as certified by the school principal.
  • The award will be based primarily on the nominee’s performance on national and international competition. These competitions must be recognized by the Department of Education or Department of Science and Technology.
  • Presentations or publications of original work in mathematics are desirable.
  • Students who contribute to the promotion of Mathematics and show leadership skills are desirable. Good moral character will be considered.
Performance in Mathematics Competition
Research and Publications in Mathematics
Leadership and Promotion of Mathematics

The deadline for nominations will be on January 5, 2015, with the awarding ceremonies scheduled on February 2015.

Nomination kits are now available at selected National Book Store Branches in National Capital Region or can be downloaded through For more information please contact Sharp Calculators at 681-6161/646-2867 and look for Ms. Mary Rose Rocha or Ms. Clara Camille Ocampo