BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod has commended the Grade 6 twins from St. John Institute (SJI) for bagging the championship medal in a national mathematics competition.
Christian Jacob Yap and Christopher James Yap were honored by the SP during its regular session April 11 for being the first placers in the Grade 6 Team Competition category of the 2018 Metrobank-MTAP (Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines) -DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) National Finals held on March 24, 2018 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.
The twins paid Mayor Evelio Leonardia a courtesy visit in the afternoon, before the SP session fetedthem.
They were accompanied by their parents Jimmy and Carmen Yap, coach Joan Go Ping, and SJI teachers.
Councilor Cindy Rojas, who authored the resolution, said the two young math geniuses can be considered “wonder twins” because aside from excelling in academics, they are also both champion varsity players, and are musically gifted.
The twins had already performed in a Spring Piano Recital in Nuremburg, Germany in April 2013.
Out of the 574,823 students who competed in the nationwide elimination rounds of the National Math Challenge, a total of 48 students representing 30 public and private schools advanced to the final leg of the competition this year.
The national finals showcased the mathematical proficiency of Grade 6 and Grade 10 students who competed in both individual and team categories.
The SP resolution stated that there is a need to acknowledge the feat of the Bacolod twins to encourage other students to excel more in their respective fields.
Christian Jacob Yap said, “We enjoyed the competitions because it is our passion.”
When asked about the contest, Christian added, “We reviewed daily. We felt very nervous since we had to reach the ‘do or die’— like the first one who will pass the correct answer will be the winner. So it was a nerve-wracking, and after a while, we were very overwhelmed and got answered prayers.”