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" The Filipino team—composed mostly of students from Metro Manila schools—beat Asian mathematics powerhouses China and Taiwan to emerge as overall champion in the 2015 Singapore International Math Competition (SIMC) held last week in the Lion City. The young Filipino numbers aces from public and private elementary and secondary schools nationwide bagged a total of 216 medals: 31 golds, 60 silvers and 125 bronze medals, to top the 12-nation contest."

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A numerically literate person can manage and respond to the mathematical demands of life. For example, if one can understand simple mathematical equations such as, 2 + 2 = 4, then one would be considered possessing at least basic numeric knowledge. Filipinos are evidently literate in numbers. This can be seen usually at markets. Vendors, sellers and businessmen at all walks of life are very good at calculating, regardless to their educational attainment. Most vendors, salesladies and sellers at markets aren’t all college graduates, yet they calculate the exact amount of the items to be paid by their customers with accuracy.

Another concrete evidence of numerical literacy of Filipinos is the bagging of awards by the students on Math Expos held abroad. Their ability is called numeracy. Numeracy is the ability to reason and to apply simple numerical concepts. Basic numeracy skills consist of comprehending fundamental arithmetic like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Substantial aspects of numeracy also include number sense, operation sense, computation, measurement, geometry, probability and statistics. Filipino students sent abroad to compete and bring gold medals back to the Philippines is a strong evidence that most Filipinos have numeracy skills.