Hashtag, high five.

Region IV-A CALABARZON lived up to its billing as top-performing region when it ruled both the elementary and secondary levels to cement a historic 5-peat victory in the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC), the biggest annual competition among the best campus journalists and school publications from 18 regions.

In this year’s event held at Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur from January 22-25, the reigning champions led on all fronts by topping both individual and group categories, keeping closest pursuers Region III-Central Luzon and Region XI-Davao at bay as they placed second and third over-all, respectively.

It can be recalled that Region III-Central Luzon was once the kings of campus journalism in the country, racking up three-straight over-all championships in NSPC Davao (2010), Butuan (2011) and Puerto Princesa (2012) before CALABARZON painted the competition “red” and dominated since NSPC Ormoc (2013), Subic (2014), Taguig (2015), Koronadal (2016) and in the just concluded Pagadian edition (2017).


In an interview, Jennifer E. Lopez, Education Program Supervisor in English and Campus Journalism, shared CALABARZON’s secret behind the #High5 success as she recalls her first meeting with then Region IV-A Director Lorna Dig-Dino who used her as an example for strategic planning preparation in October 2012.

“J.Lo, this is our vision. By 2017, DepEd CALABARZON will be the leading region in the country in campus journalism,” Lopez remembered Director Dino saying.

The regional supervisor explained that day made her focused more by using that vision as a guide towards CALABARZON’s road to NSPC glory.

“That is why I claimed the 5-peat NSPC Championship of DepEd CALABARZON to RD Dino when I met her during the parade and during the meeting with Assistant Sec. Tonisito Umali before the awarding. This year, 2017 is the fulfilment of that vision, DepED CALABARZON is now the leading region in the country in campus journalism,” Lopez exclaimed.

CALABARZON stretches streak…..

Now five years later, with the fervent support of Regional Director Diosdado San Antonio who has been at the helm of CALABARZON since 2013, the dream has been fulfilled.

“Salamat sa Diyos at nakamit nga nating muli sa ikalimang pagkakataon ang tagumpay, to GOD be the greatest glory!” she added.


The defending champions started its #High5 haul with pure supremacy during the awarding of school publications which was announced earlier before the individual and group awards.

In Elementary-English category, The Volcano of San Nicolas Central School (Batangas Province) ranked first over-all followed by Silangan Artisan of Malabad East ES (Biñan City). The Dialogue of Fr. Luigi Caburlotto School (Cavite Province) placed in 4th while The Flux of Calamba ES (Calamba City) was at 5th place. The Starapple of Imus Pilot ES (Imus City) managed to land at 7th place.

On the other hand, the Elementary-Filipino category looked like an RSPC awarding as all CALABARZON entries were named in the Top 7. In order of awards, these were Paslit sa Bagong Henerasyon of San Miguel ES (Dasmariñas City), Punto Vista of Calamba ES (Calamba City), Ang Silangang Balayan of Balayan ES (Batangas Province), Gintong Butil of Lantic ES (Cavite Province), Tinig Dayalogo of Fr. Luigi Caburlotto School (Cavite Province), Ang Kaimito of Imus Pilot ES (Imus City),  and Ang Jr. Communique of Krislizz International Academy (Cavite Province).

Meanwhile, in the Secondary Level, CALABARZON publications also displayed the region’s signature quality by The Martyrs of Trece Martires City and Ang Klaryon of Tanza National Comprehensive High School, both from Cavite Province, taking home the Best School Publications in English and Filipino, respectively.

Other notable group winners were Ang Sipol of Casimiro A. Ynares Memorial High School (Rizal), Ang Pandayan and The Anvil of Tanza National Trade School (Cavite Province), The Clarion of Tanza National Comprehensive HS (Cavite Province), The Westernlight of Gov. Ferrer Memorial NHS-Biclatan Annex (Cavite Province), The Patriot of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Nat’l HS (Imus City), and The Coconut of Quezon National High School (Quezon).

Aside from the landslide victory in school publications, Region IV-A brought home a combined 34 medals, nine of which were golds, in the individual categories.

The region also claimed first place in team events such as Radio Broadcasting Elementary-Filipino, Collaborative Publishing Secondary-Filipino, and TV Script Writing and Broadcasting Secondary-Filipino.

In addition, IV-A’s Most Outstanding School Paper Advisers Julie Ann Vertudes of Carmona ES and Marivic Tagsuan of Tanza National Trade School, and Most Outstanding Campus Journalists Reign Razzyl Maey Abesia of Family Village Resource ES and Angelica Onsana of Tanza National Comprehensive HS were awarded alongside the country’s best in campus journalism.

For next year’s event, Negros Island Region will be the host as Region IV-A aims to keep the streak alive and achieve a #Stron6estpeatCALABARZON.

Christian Mespher A. Hernandez
Education Program Specialist II, SDO Imus City