The Communicators’ Guild (CommGuild) of the BA Communication Arts Program of the University of the Philippines Mindanao successfully concluded their 5th Region-Wide Inter-High School Speak Up! Competition last February 13, 2017 at Abreeza Mall Activity Center, Davao City.
With the theme, “Make Every Voice Count: Harnessing Communication for a Participatory and Sustainable Social Development”, CommGuild conducted its annual banner event, the Oratorical & Extemporaneous Speaking Contest where the contestants were given the chance to voice out their opinions on socio-cultural issues in the country. The Scholarch of CommGuild, Ms. Hazel Diane Estrosas, emphasized to the participants, “Our mission is to serve and inspire people, like you, to excel in your endeavours as you inform, persuade, and empower through communication.” Moreover, this year, the Speak Up! Competition incorporated its first Radio Broadcasting-Scriptwriting Contest.
Among the 10 competing students for the Oratorical & Extemporaneous Speaking Contest, Reychelle Moira Lagat from Precious International School of Davao was hailed Champion. Natasha Nicole Ong of Davao Christian High School and Jerusha Hale Cortez of Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School were the 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner-Up respectively. During the competition, Viola Mae Bermejo of San Pedro College was recognized as the Best Orator.
Among the 6 contending schools for the first Radio Broadcasting-Scriptwriting Contest, Calinan National High School won Champion while Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School placed 1st Runner-Up, and Quezon High School as 2nd Runner-Up.
Calinan National High School received the awards Best Radio Script, Best Local News Presenter, and Best National News Presenter while Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School as Best Anchor and Best International News Presenter. San Pedro College Basic Education had the Best Infomercial and Best Showbiz News Report while Quezon High School had the Best in Technical Application and Best Sports News Presenter.
CommGuild was in collaboration with UP Alumni Association-Davao Inc., UP Mindanao Alumni Association and the Office of Extension and Community Service-UP Mindanao. The 5th Region-Wide Inter-High School Speak Up! Competition was co-presented and funded by 2014-2015 University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America Inc. Project Agapay: Gawa Aral Payo/GAP.
Speak Up! 2017 was also co-presented by Abreeza Mall of Davao and supported by Dodong & Gina Lanticse, Mr. & Mrs. Erwin Plata, Hazel Diane’s Bldg., Jun & Babie Cermino, Mrs. Fely Santamarina, Mrs. Josephine Ordeniza, Ms. Chorivel Estrosas, Mr. John Christopher Esperat, and DepEd Davao City Division.