DepEd campaigns for greater awareness on patriotism, valor among personnel, learners

PASIG CITY, April 28, 2018 – The Department of Education (DepEd), in close coordination with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), continuously inculcates the value of patriotism and valor through spearheading and taking part in various activities during the recent Araw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans Week celebrations.

Anchored on the theme, “Kagitingan at Pagmamahal sa Pilipinas Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago,” the celebrations aimed to instill in the minds and hearts of the Filipino people, especially the youth, that the freedom the Filipinos enjoy today was nourished by the blood and sacrifices of the veteran forefathers.

The celebrations also aimed to present our veterans as among the country’s national treasures; revive kagitingan or the culture of heroism and love for country which the Filipino race has been known for, essentially because of our veterans’ valor and selfless sacrifices; and strengthen our collective sense of national pride and patriotism.

Among the activities participated in by the learners, with the assistance of their respective coaches, are the painting and essay writing competitions led by the External Partnerships Service-Special Events Unit (EPS-SEU) and were joined by Grades 7 to 10 learners enrolled in any public secondary schools nationwide.

This year’s competition winners are the following:

National Creative Painting Competition:

First Prize – Shena Rain D. Libranda
School: Gumaca National High School
Region: CALABARZON Division: Quezon
Coach: Emmanuel O. Enero

Second Prize – Eric James E. Balanquit
School: Batasan Hills National High School
Region: NCR Division: Quezon City
Coach: Raymond B. Poblador / Ivy R. Baitlon

Third Prize – Mayshelle Janzenne A. Reyes
School: Ramon Magsaysay High School
Region: NCR Division: Quezon City
Coach: Susana Tolentino

National Essay Writing Contest:

First Prize – Ma. Princess Anne S. Curioso
Title: Bayaning Beterano sa Bayang Malaya
School: Gumaca National High School
Region: CALABARZON Division: Quezon
Coach: Ronald V. Andanar

Second Prize – Erika Marie G. Javines
Title: Tinig ng Liwayway sa Bayani ng Kahapon
School: Navotas National High School
Region: NCR Division: Navotas City
Coach: Felix B. Ternida Jr.

Third Prize – Ken Bein Mar L. Caballes
Title: Pugay Kamay para sa Makabayang Tagumpay
School: Caraga Regional Science High School
Region: Caraga Division: Surigao City
Coach: Alfe S. Lito

The winners received their awards during the Araw ng Kagitingan celebration on April 9 at the Mt. Samat National Shrine, Pilar, Bataan, graced by Undersecretary Tonisito Umali and other DepEd officials and personnel.

Likewise, various activities were conducted at the school level that highlighted the courage and patriotism of the veterans such as the integration of the said topic in classroom and round table discussion, and the conduct of simple campus program participated in by the learners.

Moreover, other activities attended and participated in by DepEd officials, personnel, and learners to further raise awareness on the said celebrations were:

  • Sunrise Ceremony on April 5 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig City
  • Wreath-Laying Ceremony on April 5 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig City
  • Review in Honor of the Veterans on April 5 at the Philippine Army Headquarters, Taguig City
  • Tribute to all Filipino Heroes on April 7 at Corregidor Island, Cavite (wreath-laying ceremony led by Usec. Umali, with PVAO and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officials)
  • Paggunita sa Capas at the Capas National Shrine, Capas, Tarlac
  • Sunset Ceremony on April 11 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig City

These efforts are pursuant to the DepEd Memorandum No. 42, series of 2018, or the 76thAraw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans Week Celebration, which is available online at http://www.deped.gov.ph/memos/dm-042-s-2018.

Author: Carl John Carolino

Public school teacher. Blogger. Bibliophile. Millennial.

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