CSU tops regional PATLEPAM song writing, photography contests

Catanduanes State University bagged the top prize in song writing competition, and second and third prizes in the photography contest during the Region V Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Education Institutions in Environmental Protection and Management (PATLEPAM) Conference on July 25-27, 2012 at Aquinas University in Legazpi City.

CSU’s winning entry in the song competition titled “Luntiang Pangarap” was a collaborative work of BSEd-MAPE majors Arjay U. Panti, Jose Z. Tria, Joseph Broz T.Tito, Mark Joyces M. Tapel, and Prof. Cresencia G. Arcilla, who also served as the trainer.

Tapel served as the vocalist and guitar player, while Tito dabbled on drums, Tria on keyboard, and Panti handled the violin.

The group’s clean-cut rendition of the winning song during the performance competition impressed the board of judges.

Bren Garette Z. Rivera, a third year BSEd English major and the layout and graphics editor of The CSU Statesman, bagged two awards in the photography contest—second and third places—for his entry titled “Local Adaptation, Global Solution”. His photo entries essay the bucolic scene in the coastal towns of Virac and Bagamanoc, which portray the intrinsic adaptation of the locals to the changing climatic conditions.

Dr. Maria S. Tugano, CSU extension services director, headed the CSU participants, together with the coaches of the students, Prof. Cresencia G. Arcilla for song writing, and Gerry S. Rubio for photography.

The song and photo composition capped the three-day PATLEPAM Conference with the theme “Innovations for Environmental Protection and Disaster Risk Management”. Cash prizes and certificates of recognitions were given to the top three winners.

The first and second days featured research presentations of faculty members, staff, and students of PATLEPAM member agencies, which are comprised of government and private state universities and colleges, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, local government units, non-government organizations, and the private sector.

Posters on disaster risk and solid waste management programs, information materials, modules, and books on environmental protection and management, as well as innovative products such as coco coir and abaca silk were featured in the exhibits.

Sixteen researches from PATLEPAM member agencies which tackled innovations on environmental protection and management were presented during conference. The top three researches dubbed ‘Best Innovations’ were also awarded during the closing ceremonies.

The event also featured plenary talks of regional and national environmental champions such as Iliac Diaz, executive director of My Shelter Foundation; Engr. Justino Arboleda, chief executive officer of Cocotech Corporation; Raul Burce, David David, and Gilbert Guadamor of World Wildlife Fund Donsol Sorsogon; a representative of the local government of Sorsogon–Butanding Ecotourism; Mr. Ramon Cabria of the local government unit of Sto. Domingo, Albay; and Engr. Christopher Pacardo of Bicol University Information Technology Service Office.

The conference was organized by the Bicol University headed by its President, Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, who is also the President of PATLEPAM Region V Chapter, and Dr. Ninfa R. Pelea, director of Bicol Consortium for Agriculture Research and Resources Development (BCARRD) and PATLEPAM Region V coordinator.

(GSR/CSU)

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