Various contests and activities highlighted the school’s National Reading Month Celebration held on Nov. 4 – Dec. 6, 2019. With the theme ‘Magbasa at Umunlad’, the month-long celebration featured the following contests: essay writing contest, spelling bee, declamation, spoken poetry and literary character for the individual contest while newscasting, jingle writing and singing contest, and speech choir are offered for the group contest. DepEd-mandated activities were also scheduled such as Book Fair, Mystery Reader, National Reading Day, Help a Reader, and Be a Volunteer.
The school opened the event with a big bang featuring various presentations. STE classes from Grades 9 and 10 did a choric presentation of Shakespeare’s “Seven Stages of Man” and Rafael Zulueta Da Acosta’s “Like a Molave” while selected SHS students presented an interpretative dance.
An author from Wattpad who goes by the Pseudonym theladyinblack09 gave a pep talk with the STE classes of grades 9 and 10 along with the class of 10-Rizal. The new author shared her story and experiences before she was discovered. She also gave some tips in writing a story for the aspiring writers. She ended her talk by giving a number of her newly published novels. PSICOM Publishing sponsored Ms. Ladyinblack09’s talk.
The search for the best literary character capped the closing program on December 6 at the school gym. Outstanding Philippine literary characters are Gemma Rose Cepe as Super Inday (2nd runner-up), Nagel Rhian Panayangan as Anitun Tabo (1st runner-up), and Athena Margarette Ricafranca as Diwata (champion). Winners for the Afro-Asian category: Carrel Quimno as Hong Ra On (2nd runner-up), Princess Laguador as Shakuntala (1st runner-up), and Veyonce Lavigne Aquino as Daji (champion). For the Anglo-American characters, the following were declared winners: Patrick Gilmar Aquino as Madhatter (2nd runner-up) Mary Jane Ortiz as Maleficent (1st runner-up), and David Joseph Ongchua as Robinhood (champion). The following students emerged as winners in the world literary character: Belle Victoria Velayo as Aphrodite (2nd runner-up), Queen Hazelen Bonggat as Nyx (1st runner-up), and Rose Ann Quizon as Arachne (champion). Finally, the best contemporary literary characters are: Kyle Cedric Zabala and Rhea Princess Tadeo as Prince Hans and Princess Ana (2nd runner-up), John Harley Aňosa, Erjohn Dy, Antonio Divinagracia, and Gevon Manila as Magic Mike XXL (2nd runner-up), and Jazryle Chlijster C. Gloria as the Joker (champion). Judges of the contest are Mr. Mayoricao Apelado, Mr. Joh Robert Blas and Mr. Reynante Panlaqui.
Winners of the various oral fluency contests did an encore of their winning performances– reader’s theatre from Grade 8 Aristotle, Jingle singing from Grade 10-Rizal and speech choir from Senior High School STEM 11 1 & 2. Selected students from 10-Rizal did a special dance and song presentation. Silver medalists of the recently concluded dance sport contest Kier Albert Cabanlit and Ashley Polhen as well as the tandem of Axl Maisa and Tracy Polhen showed their winning moves.
Carl Jonathan Muňoz and Ezra Andrei Espaňola of Grade 10-Galilei emceed the closing ceremony.