By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepEd) has lauded the students from Region IV-A for dominating in this year’s National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) and National Festival of Talents (NFOT).
DepEd, in a statement, commended the participants from CALABARZON for bringing home back-to-back victories. They were declared the overall champion of the 2018 NSPC and NFOT held in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental recently.
For six years in a row, DepEd said that Region IV-A “has been bagging” the NSPC championship. In 2018, it dominated the individual, group, and school paper contests held from February 19 to 23 at different venues, including Silliman University, St. Louis School-Don Bosco, Catherina Cittadini School, Asian College, and Dumaguete City High School.
Meanwhile, Region III (Central Luzon) was the first runner-up, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR), Region V (Bicol Region), and Region IV-B (MIMAROPA).
DepEd’s Bureau of Curriculum Development (BCD), in coordination with Bureau of Learning Delivery (BLD), spearheaded the NSPC. This year’s theme focused on “Embracing ASEAN Integration: Campus Journalists’ Role in Advancing Inclusive Education.”
During the 2018 NSPC, individual contests included news, features, editorial, sports, Science and Technology, and column/opinion writing; photojournalism; copy-reading and headline writing; and editorial cartooning, while the group contests were composed of radio script writing and broadcasting, TV script writing and broadcasting; collaborative desktop publishing; and online publishing.
The school paper contest awarded the best news, features, editorial, Science and Technology, and sports sections, as well as the best layout and page design, and the overall best school papers. The outstanding campus journalists and school paper advisers per region were also given recognition in a separate awarding ceremony.
Aside from dominating the NSPC, CALABARZON also won the overall championship in the 2018 NFOT also held in Dumaguete City from February 20 to 22.
With theme, “Pagkilala sa Kulturang Filipino Tungo sa Kapayapaan, Pagkakaisa, at Pagbabago,” the NFOT showcased the richness of Filipino culture, as well as the diversity of skills and talents of secondary school learners, as well as learners from the Alternative Learning System (ALS), through their products, services, and performances.
The NCR won first runner-up, followed by Ilocos Region. Central Luzon and Central Visayas won third and fourth runners-up, respectively.
The exhibition areas were categorized into five, namely: Technolympics; Sining Tanghalan; Pambansang Tagisan ng Talento sa Filipino; Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL); and the National Population Development (PopDev) for Social Studies.
The events and contests on Technolympics included automotive servicing, electronics product assembly and servicing, and electrical installation and maintenance (Industrial Arts); cookery, dress making, and beauty care (Home Economics); food preservation and packaging, food processing, and landscape installation and maintenance (Agri-Fishery Arts); and webpage designing, technical drafting, and computer systems servicing (ICT).
Each region also showcased the products and services of their schools and learning centers through their booths during the festival’s bazaar exhibit.
The “Sining Tanghalan,” on the other hand, showcased the learners’ skills and talents in dance, music, visual and media arts, creative writing, and theater arts, while the “Tagisan ng Talento” featured talents on impromptu speaking and interpretative reading. The contests for PopDev included debate, quiz, essay writing, poster making, and jingle writing and singing. Finally, the SPFL showcased characters on parade, singing idols, and quiz whizzes.
During the awarding and closing ceremonies, the banners of the two national events were officially turned over to Ilocos Region – the host of the 2019 NFOT and NSPC.
The NSPC and NFOT are annual events of the Department, the former being dubbed as the “Olympics of campus journalism,” and the latter known as the official venue for the learners’ skills exhibition.