PISTA! Pambansang Komperensiya sa Panitikang Pambata
Writers, illustrators, educators, students and children’s literature enthusiasts gathered to attend the first Pista! (Pambansang Komperensiya sa Panitikang Pambata) held last October 27 in Quezon City.
Sponsored by Lampara Publishing House, Inc., the conference was directed by writer-teacher China Patria de Vera and award-winning author Dr. Eugene Y. Evasco.
Plenary speakers were Dr. Rosario Torres-Yu who talked about regional children’s literature, Segundo Matias, Jr. who discussed his young adult novel Mga Batang Poz and award-winning author Wilfredo Pascual who discussed the children’s literature in Asia and Africa.
There were four parallel sessions attended by 17 speakers who talked about regional children’s literature, gender-based stories, sexuality, and importance of reading to children.
Five masterclasses were also opened to the participants. Masterclass on illustrating children’s books by Prof. Ruben de Jesus, Writing Children’s Book by award-winning writer Becky Bravo and Creating Comics with Black Ink artists Jake Vicente and Herbs Navasca.
A masterclass on Writing Young Adult stories was also opened and graced by Rebel Fiction writer Luna King and the very first winner of Lampara Prize Young Adult Story Writing Contest, Steno Padilla. The masterclass was completed by LGBT-themed story writers Leonna and Nina Satomi from Pride Lit.
True to its name, Pista! (Pambansang Komperensiya sa Panitikang Pambata) was a feast. The day was filled with new learning, knowledge, and awareness concerning children’s literature and reading.
The pronouncement was first made by DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones during the World Teachers’ Day was reaffirmed in a meeting between the members of the Department’s Executive Committee and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) – Philippines held recently.
“We’re already working on it, and preparing for it. Before December, we’ll make sure that it is already downloaded and available on or before DepEd’s anniversary,” Undersecretary for Finance – Budget and Performance Monitoring Annalyn Sevilla mentioned.
DepEd also assured the teachers’ organization that it is already drafting the guidelines based on the policy statement pursuant to DepEd Order No. 16, s. 2018 entitled, “Implementing Guidelines on the Release and Use of Funds for Fiscal Year 2018.”
Per the recommendation of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, DepEd adopted December 20, 1863 as its foundation date considering its predecessors, the oldest of which being the Comision Superior de Instruccion Primaria.
Following a series of earlier engagements and dialogues, the said meeting, chaired by Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Nepomuceno Malaluan, also served as a venue to further clarify issues and concerns, most of which are already being addressed, and currently implemented by the Department including the provision of Special Hardship Allowance (SHA) and teaching overload honoraria.
DepEd also restated its commitment to further increase the teachers’ chalk allowance, and to lobby to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) the creation Students and faculty members of the Holy Angel University - School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HAU-SHTM) bagged awards during the National Food Showdown 2018 competition held last October 26 and 27 at the Elements at Centris, Quezon City.
Both the students and their faculty coaches braved the two-day event as they competed with industry professionals and students from all over the country.
The following are the winners and participants of the said competition: Ruselle Jean T. Ronquillo with Coach Arnel Kann S. Santos win Silver Award for the Cocktail Mixing Category; Jermel C. Manaloto (student) and Chef. Janiel Joel J. Mendoza (professional), Bronze Award for The Apprentice Category; Rizza Grace M. Narra with Coach Angelica Joy S. Ramos, Bronze Award for the Baby Chocolate Cakes Category; Earlvienn Kristopher G. Dela Cruz, Ryan P. Salunga and Jan Miguel S. Perez with Coach Prof. Vella V. Villar, Bronze Award for the Table Setting with Floral Centerpiece Category; Francis Ian C. Garcia with Coach Prof. Joy DC. David, Bronze Award for the Napkin Folding Category; and Arvin Paul L. Gomez with Coach Prof. Josephine O. Morales, Diploma Award for The Cookie Jar Category.
To date, SHTM still awaits for the commencement and result of the Food Writing Category, to be participated by Christiane Marmela Sunga, coached by Prof. Felipe B. Pablo IV, expected to happen next year.
The National Food Showdown is an annual culinary event regarded by the food and beverage industry as the country's only national and premier food event. This two-day event showcases the talent and creativity of both students and professionals in the culinary and hotel and restaurant industries.