By admin - Posted on 05 February 2014

     After being the first runner-up for three consecutive years, The Mountain Collegian (MC), the official student publication of Benguet State University, is hailed this year’s the over-all champion after besting 12 other schools in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The feat was realized earlier this year (Jan. 23-24) during 15th Regional Higher Education Tertiary Schools Press Conference at Baguio- Benguet Community Credit Cooperative Inc.

     Dominating the over-all group category contest and emerging 1st runner-up in the over-all individual contest, MC took the competition by storm after its magazine, broadsheet, newsletter, and tabloid issues including its literary folio, Kalaleng were in for the top five rankings. Also, all its 13 delegates in all individual categories were able to make it to the first five places.

     In the Magazine Category, MC championed the Layout, Opinion/Editorial, News, and Developmental Communication (Dev.com) Pages and 1st runner-up in Literary, Sports, and Features Pages.

Along Broadsheet Paper, the following individual championships were bagged: Layout, Opinion/Editorial, News, Literary, Features, and Dev.com Pages. The Sports Page landed as 1st Runner-Up.

     For the Newsletter Category, MC took home the championship titles in News, Literary, Features, and Devcom Pages; 1st Runner-Up in Sports Page and Lay-out; and 2nd Runner-Up in Opinion/Editorial Page.

     Moreover, MC performed well in the tabloid category championing the Opinion/Editorial, Dev.com, and Literary Pages; 1st Runner-Up in the Features Page and Lay-out; 2nd Runner-Up in News Page; and 3rd Runner-Up in Sports Page.

     Completing the titles, Kalaleng 9 garnered awards in the Literary Folio Category: 1st Runner-Up in Lay-out; 2nd Runner-Up in Literary Content; and 4th Runner-Up in Cover Page.

     Meanwhile, the MC staffers were able to place in the top five of their respective events in the individual On-The-Spot contests: Janice Agrifino, BSDC-IV, championed both Photojournalism (Filipino) and Poetry Writing (Filipino); Harmon Nicer, DVM-V, championed the Literary Graphics Illustration (English) and was 1st Runner-Up in Editorial Cartooning (English); Juman Kevin Tindo, BSES-IV, championed Feature Writing (English) and was the 2nd Runner-Up in Copy Reading and Headline Writing (English); Juliet Esther Cindy Guerrero, BSN-IV, championed Feature Writing (Filipino) and was 3rd runner-up in Opinion Writing (English); and Giselle Ocyaden, BSE-III, championed Literary Graphics Illustration (Filipino) and 4th Runner-Up Editorial Cartooning (Filipino).

     Further, Rhe-Ann Ngayaan (BEE-III) and Arniel Dumigsi (BSE-III) championed the Editorial Writing (Filipino) and Opinion Writing (Filipino), respectively while Richard Giye was the best poet in Poetry Writing (English). Mark Samuel De Guzman and Bobby Mc Gee Lee, both BSE-III, landed 1st Runners-Up in Comics Strip Drawing (Filipino) and Editorial Writing (English), respectively. Faith Belingon, BSDC-IV, 3rd Runner-Up in DevCom Writing (English); Mariel Laoana, BSN-IV, 3rd Runner-Up in Photojournalism (English); and Gilbert Barro, BSHRM-II, 4th Runner-Up in Comics Strip Drawing (English).

     The MCians and other top five winners will be representing the region to the 13th Luzon-wide Higher Education Press Conference this coming February 12-14 in Lucban, Quezon.

     “Hopefully, the Mountain Collegian staff together with the rest of the other school paper writers competing for CAR will raise the level of the region’s standing in the Luzon-wide event,” said Dr. Grace T. Bengwayan, the MC adviser.

     The White and Blue of Saint Louis University and last year’s title holder, The Alternative of the University of the Cordilleras, came out the over-all 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner-Up, respectively followed by the Baguio College of Technology’s The Atom and Kalinga Apayao State College’s Earthline.//Rhe-Ann B. Ngayaan, BEE '15


VICTORY POSE. The Mountain Collegian staffers and advisers, Dr. Grace T. Bengwayan and Paul Joseph Nuval, posing with Dr. Mariano Marchan (4th from left), confab coordinator during the Awarding Ceremonies of the recently-concluded 15th Regional Higher Education Press Conference held on 23-24 January at BBCCC Bldg., Baguio City.