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Quirino High shares top prize in UN art tilt in HK

07 March 2016

By Vir B. Lumicao

he winning team makes a courtesy call at the consulate and is welcomed by its officials led by Consul General Bernardita Catalla (extreme right).
Quirino High School in Project 3, Quezon City, has put its name on the world map by sharing first prize with Argentine and Spanish schools in a United Nations art competition to celebrate UN Day last Oct 26.

Consul General Bernardita Catalla was the guest of honor at the awards ceremony held on Feb. 21 at the Renaissance College in Shatin.

She praised Quirino High’s Supreme Student Government and students for winning the top prize in the collaborative mural category of the competition themed “Technology for Peace: The Great Challenge”.

She also congratulated Jecelin Bernales Pailano of St Mary’s College of Bansalan, Davao del Sur, who received a diploma (certificate) for her entry in the technological creation and innovation category for students 18 to 21 years old. This contest required participants to create or invent a technology that would help promote progress and peace.

“Peace and cooperation, in the last decade, has successfully harnessed the creativity and resourcefulness of young students from around the world in advocating peace and non-violence through the annual school award,” Catalla said in a message to the gathering.

Joaquin Antuña, president of the UN Peace and Cooperation Foundation which co-organized the contest along with the School of Creativity of Hong Kong, opened the awarding ceremony attended by diplomats and representatives of the winning schools from 19 countries.

The awarding was the highlight of the “Road to Hong Kong Exhibition” featuring the winning artworks.
Selection of the winning entries in various contest categories was held last Oct 26 at the Egyptian Institute of Madrid in Spain by a committee that comprised the 2015 Peace and Cooperation School Award International Jury.

Quirino High’s winning entry was a 50-meter mural showing children sending messages and letters of peace across the seas through a personal computer in the comfort of their home. Like the other entries, the mural was done collaboratively by students and teachers, according to the contest rules.

The Filipinos shared first prize with a group of students and teachers at Instituto Carlos Steeb in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and those from Colegio de Fomento Sansuena in Zaragoza, Spain.

The Quirino High delegation comprised Lory F Perjes, head teacher of the Araling Panlipunan Department; Rodel R. Rivera, adviser of the Supreme Student Government; Katherine Risell B Baltazar, SSG president; Claudia P Alturas, vice president; Christianne Mae C Ocampo, secretary; and Arra Jane V Batin, treasurer.

“I was moved to tears when our students and teachers climbed on stage to receive their award. I felt proud. It was a very heartening feeling,” said Vanessa Banares, a Hong Kong-based OFW and aunt of Ocampo, one of the creators of the mural.

Vice-Consul Alex Vallespin, head of the Consulate’s cultural section, handed the first prize award to the Quirino High delegation, then received the diploma for Pailano, who could not join the delegation. Vallespin said the award would be sent to Pailano by mail.

On Feb 22, Congen Catalla hosted breakfast for the team at the Consulate. She later took them on a tour of the premises and gave them a token.

The group flew back to Manila later in the day.

The winning team makes a courtesy call at the consulate and is welcomed by its officials led by Consul General Bernardita Catalla (extreme right)

The Quirino High winning mural is a collaborative work of its faculty and students (above photo) as a campus project.
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