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International Math Coaches Visit Bacolod City

They were supposed to be 120. But the number was trimmed down to 60.

But when the actual tour came, only 30 arrived; not because they don't want to but their hectic schedule won't allow them to.

But the fun did not stop there.

Right from the moment they arrived last November 29, the selected international math coaches who were participants of the 2009 Asia Inter-Cities Teenagers Mathematics Olympiad (AITMO) and 2009 Philippine Elementary Mathematics International Contest (PEMIC), were received with warm welcome by some faculty and staff of TCS as tour facilitators.

On board the two school buses (courtesy of St. John's Institute and Tay Tung High School), the visitors had a running tour of the city, passing by the downtown and shopping areas going to the city's new government center.

Next they were brought to the RUINS in Talisay City where they soaked themselves in the grandeur of the preserved ruins of the Lacson mansion. Cameras snapped endlessly, video cams rolled around while laughter filled the air as the participants enjoyed themselves immensely.

It seemed that time was just so short as they were instructed to return to their buses since it was already lunch time.

The moment they arrived at Trinity Christian School campus, the participants were surprised to be welcomed by the lively beat from the Pasalamat drum beaters. Some couldn't help but sway to the groove of the music.

The St. Benilde and the St. John Institute folk dancers charmed them through their graceful dance movements. Finally, the 2009 Masskara dance champion - the Taculing Masskara dancers flamed the atmosphere with their upeat dance moves.

For lunch, the participants were treated to a chicken inasal festival. As side dishes, various native delicacies were served such as becho-becho, lanson, banana toron and others.

After the fun filled and sumptuous lunch, they proceeded to SM Department Store for their shopping spree.

It was a tiring day for all those teachers and staff who were involved in the preparation. Nevertheless their efforts were all worth it after having seen and felt the joy they brought to the participants.