La Trinidad Benguet – The Benguet Division nosed-out the city of Baguio by a slight margin to bag the overall title of the 2016 Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC). Benguet fiercely safeguarded its championship last December 8-11, 2016 at the Benguet National High School- Main Campus, Wangal, here.
|Regional Schools Press Conference – Cordillera Administrative Region|
|December 8-11, 2016, Benguet National High School- Main Campus|
Benguet topped both the elementary category with 442.50 points to Baguio’s 403 and the secondary category with 519.50 points to Baguio’s 507. Their accumulated point totals catapulted them to the top of the standings after the competitions have ended. According to Macarthy B. Malanes, Benguet’s Supervisor for Filipino, this is the 6th consecutive year that Benguet got the top billing during the regional tilt.
The Baguio contingent had more first placers but Benguet was more consistent in putting participants in the top ten placements. Baguio had to settle for second with a total of 910 points. Tabuk City came in a distant third with 403.
The top three winners of the individual contest and the top placer for the group contest will represent the Cordillera Administrative Region in the National Schools Press Conference on January 22-25, 2017 at Pagadian City, Zamboanga Peninsula.
Leading the charge for Benguet are: Christian Castillo of Ambiong Elementary School, Esrael Bakidan of Tuba Central National High School, Beatrice Alumno of Eastern la Trinidad National High School, Dennie Faye Dayao of Sablan National High School, Mary Kryzel Martin of Kibungan National High School, the team of Errold Dave Casinto, Sigrid Pochia Lane Ramos, Jhurdan Pilay, Desny Jhill Dicam, Cyville Mina and Nikko Dizon of the Cordillera Regional Science High School (CRSHS), and the team of Ydrazil Nerlex Calubsing, Val Caray-as, Rainer Galutan, Diana Elong, Aliza Montes, Gabriel Sagra, and Rustom Tanacio of Ampucao National High School (ANHS).
Castillo was best in elementary English copy reading and headline writing. All other first placers were for the secondary division. Bakidan was best in secondary English editorial cartooning, Alumno in English science and technology writing, Dayao in Filipino science and technology writing, Martin in Filipino feature writing. The team from CRSHS were best in English TV script writing and broadcasting while the team from ANHS were best in Filipino Collaborative Desktop Publishing.
On the other hand, the following Benguet school papers came up with the best sections: Mt. Ugo for best secondary English editorial page, Ang Bahaghari for best Filipino secondary science and technology page, Copper Echoes for best English secondary news page, Duvas for Filipino elementary lay-out and design page and best Filipino secondary science and technology page, Ang Munting Tinig for best elementary Filipino sports page and best Filipino editorial page, and Dongdong for best English elementary news and feature pages.
Malanes said that the Benguet Division Office is thankful to the local government units in Benguet for the full support accorded to the participants of the province. He added that the trainings of the new school paper advisers had a positive contribution to the performance of Benguet in the said annual conference.
“The Division Office of Benguet has seen the importance of school press conferences as avenue for the improvements of students’ journalistic competence,” Malanes said.
The Baguio event topnotch elementary participants were Kyla Estabillo, of Baguio Central School for English science and technology writing, Tyrael Yanni Martinez of University of Baguio Laboratory Elementary School for English editorial cartooning, Elisha Angupa of Aguinaldo Elementary School for English Filipino editorial cartooning, Joshua Dapyawen of UB for English feature writing, Angel Villanueva of Camp 7 Elementary School for English copy reading and headline writing.
The Baguio secondary first placers were Khrystine Dominique Sansano of UB Science High School (UBSHS) for Filipino sports writing, Karel Cassandra Cruz, also of UBSHS, for Filipino editorial cartooning, Patricia Ann Razon of the University of Cordilleras for English feature writing, Florendo Jospeh Alan of Baguio City National High School (BCNHS) for English editorial writing, Lara Joy Dawaton of Pines City National High School (PCNHS) for Filipino editorial writing, Ryan Christian Morales, also of BCNHS, for Filipino news writing.
Baguio also got four of the six team competitions. The Philippine Science High School team of Joshua Vladamir Escano, Renelee Aquitana, Bobby Carl Mortel, Roujeth Marfil, Julia Amoira Patol, Gabrielle Charis Tagtag and Mary Grace Diane Lazatin were best in English collaborative desktop publishing. The Saint Louis University team of Joshua Repugia, John Herson Arcega, Marie Angelou Aquino, Don Gabriela Beronilla, Hannah Colyn Likiyan, Gael Gayagay, and Mhon Vincent Saldivar were best in English script writing and radio broadcasting.
John Rey Gat-eb, Ysabelle Lian Martin, Joshua Ben Galaboc, Kahlila Kindipan, Jillian Kristine Adawey, Andres Dominic Agas, and Ivan Wayne Catalon of UBSHS topped the Filipino script writing and radio broadcasting while John Jason Hidalgo, Matt Dominic Ticag, Azza Leah Dagyapen, Manilyn Mangosan, Kathleen Joy Martinez, Venice Ingrid Pobletin, and Michelle Joie Tarectan of PCNHS were best in Filipino TV script writing and broadcasting.
The first placers from other divisions are: Marc Wilson Balloyan from Saint Vincent High School of Mountain Province for secondary English sports writing, Shaina Dwine Pablo from Apayao Scince High School for English copyreading and headline writing, Meljon Viste from Abra High School for Filipino copyreading and headline writing.
Marishe Base of Saint James High School, Mountian Province for English news writing, Zyra Songgapan of RNSAT, Kalinga for English photo journalism, Ace Chandryll Bumusao of Lubuagan Central Senior High School of Kalinga for Filipino photo journalism.
Grayle Emerald Tayaban from Kiangan Central School of Ifugao for elementary English news writing, Kharl Canao from Pinukpuk Elementary School (PES) of Kalinga for Filipibo news writing, Henzleigh Bete from Masla Elementary School of Mountain Province for English editorial writing, Angelica Angadol from San Jose Elementary School of Apayao for Filipino editorial writing.
Jayson Orpiano from Elementary School of Tabuk City for Filipino feature writing, Francis Garro, also of PES, for English scince and technology writing, Sherimae Aquino from Rizal Center School of Kalinga for English photo journalism, and April Anne Odlers from Calaocan Elementary School of Kalinga for Filipino photo journalism.
Earl Carl Domingo of Ifugao and Ryan Christian Morales of Baguio City were adjudged as elementary and secondary School Campus Journalist, respectively
Ruth Ladip of Tabuk City and Maria Zenaida Juguilon of Benguet were proclaimed by the screening committee proclaimed as secondary and elementary outstanding school paper advisers, respectively.
Several local media personalities, including Armando Bolislis and Kyth Pallogan of this paper, together with four representatives from the National School Paper Advisers Association served as judges for the yearly conference.
Thelma Dalay-on, the Regional Education Program Supervisor for Filipino, said that the DepEd Cordillera regional office is planning to schedule a two or three-day training to qualified student journalists to prepare them for the NSPC.
“One of the reasons why we invited national judges during the RSPC is their (judges) inputs would increase our chances of winning in the national level,” Dalay-on explained.
“We also made sure during our RSPC that the best student writers would be chosen by having three judges in every event. Usually we only have one judge,” Dalay-on added.
By ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS with reports from AUGUSTIN A. DAO-ANIS