PAGADIAN CITY – The Division of Biñan City bagged eight awards contributing to the overwhelming success of Region IV-A CALABARZON in the recently concluded National Schools Press Conference (NSPC), held last January 22-25.

The two school paper entries and two student NSPC finalists from Biñan all won the most-coveted awards in the campus journalism competition attended by more than 5, 000 journalists and coaches from 18 regions of the country.

The Silangan Artisan of Malaban East Elementary School was awarded as second best school paper in the Philippines with three other recognition such as second best features page, third best science page, and third best sports page.

Hiyasmin Dichoso-Capelo, school paper adviser was in a state of shock when she heard the announcement of the overall raking.

“I was not expecting it since all I thought was I needed to get four special awards to be part of the Top 7 papers,” she said. “Besides, Artisan just placed 10th in the region so I consider this as a gift from God,” she added.

Ang Munting Tinig Agustino of Colegio San Agustin-Biñan (CSA) got first place in best science page and second best sports page.

Individual writing contest representatives Mi Jung Y. Pak won first place in Editorial Writing English Elementary level while Alodia Carey M. Baisas was hailed champion in Science and Technology Writing English Secondary level. Both contestants are from CSA coached by Catherine Dichoso and Noriel Ciudad, respectively.

Student writers and school paper advisers attributed their winnings to the outstanding contribution of the region in terms of trainings provided through the leadership of Education Program Supervisor in-charge of Journalism, Jennifer Lopez.

Schools Division Superintendent Hereberto Jose D. Miranda commended the achievement of the delegation and congratulated the team led by EPSs Leilani J. Miranda and Dr. Raquel L. Azur.

“This proves that Biñan City can excel in the field of campus journalism so we must make sure that trainings are provided to better hone the skills of our journalists,” said SDS Miranda.

He challenged the journalism team to prepare earlier so as to have higher chances of winning in next year’s NSPC scheduled in Dumaguete City, Negros Island Region.

Jaypee E. Lopo
SEPS-HRD, Division of Biñan City