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Region 10 campus journalists bag awards, rank 6th in NSPC

PAGADIAN CITY – Northern Mindanao campus journalists set a 10-year best sixth-place in individual contests ranking among 18 regions during the National Schools Press Conference, January 22-25, this year at Saint Columban College here.

“Obviously, we have improved a lot,” said Department of Education 10 regional director Allan G. Farnazo, after the 286-strong Region 10 delegation received 30 individual and group contest awards.

DepEd records would show the best performance ever for Region 10 was when she ranked third overall in individual events in the 2006 NSPC in Kalibo, Aklan.
Once again, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) or Region IV-A, took the overall NSPC championship for the fifth consecutive year.
Individual Awards

This year, 13 of the recognitions came from individual contests, the highest of which came from sports writing and in copy reading and headline writing while the rest in news, editorial, and science writing events as well as in editorial cartooning and photojournalism.

Sports writers Jeriza Joy Cabasag of Calamba National Comprehensive High School, Misamis Occidental and Mary Grace Lourdes Gorre of Ozamiz City National High School, Ozamiz City excelled in Filipino and English categories, respectively, in a field of 54 contestants.

Valencia City Central School pupil Frenchie Jyne Panares also topped the Filipino category of copy reading and headline writing.

Another NSPC winner in sports writing was Rico Leibling of Yumbing National High School, Camiguin who took the second spot in English category.

Bukidnon’s Capitan Bayong campus, an annex of Impasugong National High School produced her first-ever national winner through Trishia Mae Arias who captured the 2nd spot in photojournalism Secondary English.

Three other NSPC qualifiers in copy reading and headline writing were among winners: Preach Love Paulican of Mountain View College, Valencia City, 4th place in English elementary; Christine Madjos of Tangub City National Comprehensive High School, 6th place in Filipino secondary; and Jerome Aparri of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, 7th place in English secondary.

In news writing, Earl Joy Lopina of Yumbing National High School, Mambajao, Camiguin, who was a second-place winner(English, secondary) in last year’s NSPC in Koronadal, settled for 6th place while Prince One Tala of Tangub City Central School took the 4th spot in Filipino elementary.

Another back-to-back winner is Remuel dela Cruz of Bukidnon’s Kalilangan National High School who, from last year’s first-place award dipped to 6th this time in editorial cartooning Filipino while another Bukidnon-based cartoonist in Filipino Zarnico Fedly Ibo of Cabanglasan Elementary School clipped the 7th spot.

Three other NSPC winners are from Ozamiz City Schools Division, the overall champion during the 2016 Regional Schools Press Conference: Ozamiz City Central School-Sped Center’s Rosel L. Potestas, 2nd in science writing Filipino, and Christine Angela Ligutom, 7th place in editorial English, while Diane Nicole N. Ytac of Ozamiz City National High School, was 6th in photojournalism Filipino.

Group Awards

In the same reaction, Farnazo said he has seen “a big improvement in the passion and commitment of the advisors” and such was manifested in the results, not only in individual but also in collaborative publishing, radio broadcasting and television newscasting competitions.

Cagayan de Oro City-based Gusa Regional Science High School won in four seven-member group events her students participated in: third in collaborative publishing, Filipino category; fifth in TV newscasting, English; seventh in TV newscasting, Filipino; and second in online publishing, Filipino.

Last year, Gusa RSHS collaborative team in Filipino also harvested national awards.

Meanwhile, Ozamiz City National High School’s radio broadcasting English and Filipino teams, also composed of seven members each, harvested six awards including 4th overall radio production in English.

Ozamiz City Central School-Sped Center’s Filipino radio broadcasting bagged three awards, including 7th overall in radio production.

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