ILOILO— Student artists from Barotac Viejo National High School brought home a hefty prize for winning this year’s Basura Mo, E-Parol Mo Contest.
The on-the-spot lantern making contest is part of the activities for 2nd Iloilo Biodiversity and Watershed Week, a celebration highlighting the protection and conservation of the environment.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. rewarded the champion with P10,000 prize for their creativity and craftsmanship in using recyclable wastes into a magnificent and colorful lantern.
Spearheaded by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, the contest is held for the past five years to promote recycling as an efficient method in solid waste management.
The winning team this year was composed of Kimberly Artizona, Florence Mae Baron, Leslie Ann de la Cruz, Melvin Malinao and Gerson Gajo with coaches Jeyrel Barrocamo and Femy Estecomen.
They received their reward during the awarding ceremony held at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol lobby on December 2.
Student artists from Leganes National High School, on the other hand, placed second and they received P8,000 cash prize.
They were Art Jean Val Suobiron, Ian Caballero, Kim Guatelara, Niko Bien Olesco and Vince Jade Fortuna. They made their lantern with coaches Jobert Jallorina and Reynaldo Soriano.
In the third place with P5,000 prize was the team from Zarraga National High School composed of John Mark Guino-o, Jovel Mallorca, Dan Allen Viejon, Daryl Divinagracia and Earl Jasper Pumarin.
They were with their coaches Milo Hombrebueno and Mario Rivas. The 16 other participating schools received a consolation prize of P3,000 each. JAN