Gen Mark Tanno and Miguel Villar of the Southville International School and Colleges (SISC) International Baccalaureate Diploma Program hurdled the qualifying stage of the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad to advance to the Area Stage of the oldest and most prestigious math competition among public and private high school students in the country. They are part of the Top 50 high school math wizards from the National Capital Region who have a chance to qualify for the National Finals on January 15, 2015 where the representatives to the 56th International Math Olympiad (IMO) in Chiang Mai, Thailand will be chosen. Tanno and Villar were also part of the SISC Math Team, together with Mun Kwang Hyun, who made it to the semi-finals of Sipnayan 2014 conducted by the Ateneo Mathematics Society. Sipnayan is one of the country’s biggest inter-school math competitions that brings together the country’s top students and engages them in a battle of mathematical wits. In the elimination round, Hyun, Tanno and Villar answered questions in trigonometry, algebra, combinatorics, geometry and number theory in individual exams and their scores were totaled for the team score good enough to qualify them for the semifinal round.