By upao - Posted on 18 October 2013

BSU holds ‘Courtesy for Institution Awardee ’ title . Dr. Grace Bengwayan, University and Board Secretary, representing Benguet State University (BSU) receives a plaque from SPAM, Inc. president Melanie Briones after BSU was adjudged the winner of the covetous “Courtesy for Institutions Award” during the 7th SPAM conference held at Tagbilaran City, Bohol this year.

For its support to campus journalism through the years, the School Press Advisers Movement (SPAM) has chosen the Benguet State University as recipient of the first-ever “Courtesy for Institutions Award”.

Given during the opening ceremonies of the 7th SPAM confab in Tagbilaran City, Bohol last month, SPAM, Inc. president, Dr. Melanie Briones, said that the award was conceptualized to inspire and encourage institutions to continue to extend support to campus press publications.

The finalists for the SPAM’s Award of Courtesy for Institutions, namely, the Holy Trinity University in Palawan and Bohol Island State University Main were likewise recognized during the occasion.

Other recipients of SPAM Awards were Mr. Howie Severino (GMA) for excellence in the field of documentary reportage and Mr. Mike Enriquez (GMA) for excellence in the field of broadcasting.
The three-day conference attended by campus writers from elementary to tertiary levels included competitions covering culture page writing, feature, news, and editorial writing.

The Mountain Collegian (MC), the official student publication of the Benguet State University, on the other hand, was adjudged the Best in Cultural Page (Mother Tongue-Based Language) and 2nd in Best Newsletter in the Group Contest.

Moreover, seven MC staffers were able to place in the top five of their respective events in the individual on-the-spot contests: Faith Belingon was 2nd Placer in News Editing (Filipino category); Mariel Laoana seized 1st Place in Feature Editing (Filipino); and Rhe-Ann Ngayaan was 2nd Placer in Editorial Writing (Filipino).

On the pre-judged events, Belingon was adjudged the “News Story Writer of the Year-3rd Place” and Juman Kevin Tindo emerged as the “Feature Story Writer of the Year”.

Also, Tindo representing KaliCASan, the official student publication of BSU’s College of Arts and Sciences earned the 3rd Place in Feature Editing (English), 4th in Editorial Writing, and 4th in Journ Quiz. Moreover, KaliCasan’s Eunice Tayaban ranked 4th in Editorial Writing (Filipino).

With the awards received, BSU will host the 8th Annual Convention, 1st International Exchange and Seminar-Workshop and the 5th Pambansang Pautakang Pampahayagan set in September next year.

Meanwhile, Shermie Sancholes, a student of Ifugao State University landed as 4th Placer in News Editing (Filipino).

Aside from the competitions, the said conference engaged on plenaries, paper presentations, and simultaneously held seminar-workshops for elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels along with an environmental exposure to the famous natural wonders of Bohol like the renowned Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier Sanctuary.

In the paper presentation, Ms. Kara Panolong, KaliCASan adviser, shared her study titled “Promoting Environment Initiatives and Awareness through Campus Journalism”. Being a member of the University’s Eco-Waste Management Program and the Balili River System Revitalization Coalition (BRSRC), she believes that the prominence of environmental articles should be sustained and also be given priority in the campus paper. The Coalition is a multi-stakeholders non-profit organization that aims to rehabilitate the polluted river system that stretches from Baguio City to La Trinidad, Benguet.

According to Enriquez in his acceptance speech, “the life of a journalist is exciting; no days are the same in this age of empowerment.”

“Love what you are doing and stay alive for the next story; the rest is history and you are the historian,” were Severino’s words of wisdom as he posed a challenge to the budding student journalists.

With the theme “Intensifying the Power of Campus Paper in Protecting and Preserving the Environment and Natural Resources”, 304 delegates from 38 state universities and colleges including private schools all over the nation participated. This year was special with the special participation of Kansai University, Japan.

The annual SPAM National Convention and National Journalism Quiz Bee: Pambansang Pautakang Pampahayagan is a lecture-workshop and competition that served as an avenue not only to recognize excellent services of campus journalists and advisers but also hone participating students’ writing skills and acquire recent trends in journalism from mainstream media practitioners.

The SPAM, Inc. is a national organization of campus advisers from elementary, high school and college created on Sept. 10, 2006. Its Annual National Journalism Quiz Bee dubbed ‘Pautakang Pampahayagan was launched in 2010 in Boracay, Malay, Aklan.//Rhe-ann Ngayaan