PISTA! Pam­bansang Kom­peren­siya sa Pan­i­tikang Pam­bata

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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.

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