Issue of October 1, 2017
Mt. Province

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Abra students join in ASEAN advocacy drive
by Carlito C. Dar / PIA

BANGUED, Abra – The Philippine Information Agency-CAR, in partnership with the Department of Education   conducted the ASEAN youth forum and the ASEAN 2017 Literary and Visual Arts Contest at the Abra High School that was joined by representatives from 18 public and private high schools in the province last Sept. 26.

The literary and visual contests dubbed “iCapture: ASEAN, me and my community” focused on the theme, “Partnering for change, engaging the world.”

For the essay writing, Keith Gwyneth Tuscano of the Marc Ysrael B. Bernos High School in La Paz bested 18 other contestants. Migui Billedo of Divine World College of Bangued placed second while Nicole Hannah Venus of Saint Mary High School of Pidigan landed third.

For the poster making contest, Mary Glezel Buenafe of the Holy Spirit Academy of Bangued won first place.  Bernael Semanero of Divine World College and Mark Kyle Andres bagged the second and third place, respectively.

Judges for the literary contest were Dr. Zenaida Astudillo, consultant and professor at Abra Valley Colleges; Prof. Natividad Jornacion, Education and AB Program head of Divine Work College; and Prof. Rommel Yahin, English Professor of Abra State Institute of Science and Technology.

For the visual arts contest, judges were Frank Asia, owner and manager of Qualiarts and Noel Rosales, artist and professor at Asist-Bangued.

Meanwhile,  around 300 high school students were also enjoined to the ASEAN youth forum where PIA-CAR Information Officer Joseph Zambrano gave a briefing about the Association of South East Asian Nations, the ASEAN Economic Community and the Philippine hosting of the ministerial meetings that coincides with ASEAN’s 50th foundation anniversary.

Other speakers for the forum were Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-CAR agent Serafina Tenenen who talked about the ASEAN peace and security pillar and the country’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Representing the Department of Education was Teresa Cabcaban who talked about DepEd’s K to 12 program and its importance in improving the country’s competitiveness in the ASEAN region and also in the global community.

The PIA, under the guidance of the Presidential Communications Operations Office has been spearheading the ASEAN information, education and communication advocacy campaign in the provinces to increase the awareness of Filipinos about ASEAN and its goal of one region, one community.

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