High school student tops writing contest


LUCENA CITY: A student from a public high school here won first place and bagged the P10,000 cash prize and trophy in the short story writing contest in Filipino plied by Rep. Vicente “Kulit” Alcala of Quezon Second District.

Jovela Penaojas, a fourth year student from Quezon National High School (QNHS), won first prize for her entry “Ang Aking Paglalakbay” (My Journey), about a girl’s desire to run as a youth leader in the barangay polls to expose corruption and introduce reforms in governance in her community.

Penaojas, accompanied by her teacher, Fr. Joseph Ella, received the award from the contest’s board of judges led by John Bello, a news correspondent of Business Mirror and a literary practitioner himself.

Second prize went to Patricia Adora Alcala, fourth year student from the private school Calayan Educational Foundation Inc. (CEFI), with her entry “Ora Mismo” with P8,000 as cash prize and trophy; and third prize was bagged by Kristel Iris de Castro, a third year student from Recto Memorial National High School in Tiaong town and got P5,000 and trophy for her award.

Fellow contest judges Byron Cuerdo, a teacher from Tayuman National High School in San Francisco and Sharon Villaverde, a master teacher in Lopez Comprehensive National High School also handed the awards to the other prize winners among the 38 student-participants from various high schools in the province’ second district which competed in the Gawad Alcala 2013 whose awarding was held on Saturday at the Pacific Mall-Lucena here.

Other contest winners were: Mark Joseph Montera, third year student from QNHS, won as first honorable mention for his story entry entitled “Pagtulong ni Makinilya”; second honorable mention went to Ronamy Christelle de Robles, fourth year student from QNHS for her entry “Videos at Ako” and third honorable mention went to Jobegale Regodon, fourth year student from CEFI for his entry “Chatbox.” They bagged cash prizes P4,000, P3,000 and P2,000 plus plaques.

Alex Tolentino, who represented Alcala in the award rites as his district officer, congratulated the winners and participants of the Gawad Alcala 2013 and told the audience that the congressman, despite the abolition of the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund, is committed to continue the contest yearly as part of his educational program besides the scholarship program for the school youth in the province’ second district.

Started in 2010 when Alcala also started his stint as the provincial vice governor, the short story writing competition has drawn over a hundred participants last year, and over 60 in 2011 and both editions of the contest were dominated by student participants from QNHS.


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