CIT-U stu­dent bags ASEAN or­a­tor­i­cal ti­tle

A work­ing stu­dent from Cebu In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy -Uni­ver­sity (CIT-U) bagged first place in the As­so­ci­a­tion of South East Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) Or­a­tor­i­cal Con­test yes­ter­day.

The Freeman - - NEWS -

Ten stu­dents from dif­fer­ent col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties joined the con­test, with 23-year-old Eri Shek­inah Yashino, a se­nior Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion stu­dent, emerg­ing as the win­ner.

Yashino said she was glad that her hard work paid off.

She said her jour­ney was a gru­el­ing one, as she had to jug­gle her or­a­tor­i­cal re­hearsals with her work and stud­ies. Yashino works as a call cen­ter agent.

"It's very hard for me as a work­ing stu­dent. In fact, I only get three hours of sleep each day," she said.

But it did not stop her from ris­ing above her cir­cum­stances.

Yashino cap­ti­vated the at­ten­tion of the spec­ta­tors with her vi­brant or­a­tor­i­cal skills as she talked about this year's theme "What is ASEAN and how will it ben­e­fit me?"

Her speech re­volved around the priv­i­leges, ben­e­fits and op­por­tu­ni­ties a millennial like her gets and en­joys be­cause of ASEAN, as well as the growth, progress and unity among the ASEAN coun­tries.

In par­tic­u­lar, she men­tioned ASEAN's aims to re­fute the taxes in­curred among its mem­ber coun­tries and to lobby for de­crease in prices of im­ported goods and prod­ucts, mak­ing them af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple, es­pe­cially stu­dents like her.

She also said more peo­ple and stu­dents have been given op­por­tu­ni­ties to travel abroad be­cause of the agree­ment en­tered into by the south­east Asian coun­tries.

The ASEAN coun­tries al­low their cit­i­zens to travel within the re­gion with­out visas.

ASEAN com­prises Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, the Philip­pines, In­done­sia, Cam­bo­dia, Laos, Brunei, Myan­mar and Viet­nam.

More­over, Yashino men­tioned about ASEAN' pol­icy on qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, as well as its role in the econ­omy. She said the coun­try's econ­omy, for in­stance, con­tin­ues to grow be­cause of the part­ner­ship be­tween the ASEAN coun­tries.

Yashino re­ceived a tro­phy and P5,000.

She was fol­lowed by Deane Marie Yase of the Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines (UP) – Cebu and Maria Gen­eveve Nadela of the Uni­ver­sity of San Jose – Reco­le­tos (USJ-R), who placed sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

Yase re­ceived a cash prize of P4,000 while Nadela got P3,000. Both re­ceived cer­tifi­cates.

The win­ners were ranked based on these cri­te­ria-con­tent, orig­i­nal­ity and rel­e­vance to the theme (50 per­cent); de­liv­ery (30 per­cent), cos­tume and over­all im­pact (10 per­cent); and per­sua­sion and stage pres­ence (10 per­cent).

Philip­pine In­for­ma­tion Agency Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Gregorio An­gelo Vil­lar con­grat­u­lated the par­tic­i­pants and urged them to be more ac­tive in ac­tiv­i­ties like the ASEAN or­a­tor­i­cal con­test to de­velop their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

"We hope that op­por­tu­ni­ties like this will also give our stu­dents more op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther growth," he said.

"Do not take for granted the avail­able in­for­ma­tion we have ev­ery­where. The re­spon­si­bil­ity to use the in­for­ma­tion wisely is very im­por­tant and to spread aware­ness to the pub­lic by pro­vid­ing ac­cu­rate and rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion," he added.

The par­tic­i­pat­ing schools were UP-Cebu, USJ-R, CIT-U, Bene­dicto Col­lege, South­west­ern Phinma, Cebu Nor­mal Uni­ver­sity (CNU), Cebu Tech­no­log­i­cal Uni­ver­sity, Uni­ver­sity of San Car­los (USC), Uni­ver­sity of the Visayas (UV), and Cebu East­ern Col­lege (CEC).

The event, which was or­ga­nized by PIA-7, was held at the Sin­u­log Hall, Rizal Memo­rial Li­brary and Mu­seum. —

Danuco/KBQ

Ap­ple Grace C.

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