A Narrative Report on Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC) and Other Campus Journalism Activities of Ang Kanda AY 2015-2016

For AY 2015-2016, Ang Kanda staffers and aspiring writers first convened for the preparation of sports coverage for Intramurals (July 3, 2015) on July 1 and 2, 2015. Ms. Donna C. Regulto gave lectures on Sports Writing. Meanwhile, Mrs. Joan Kathleen T. Brizuela taught techniques in photojournalism. Mrs. Ana D. Arandia and Mrs. Maritess N. Quesea taught the basics of news writing. After the coverage of the sports events, Ang Kanda staffers were identified and listed. On July 24-25, the staffers once again covered sports events in Municipal Meet as part of their trainings.

The annual Division Schools Press Conference was conducted at Atimonan District on October 24-26, 2015. The continuous effort of the Division of Quezon to promote the development and growth of campus journalism in strong support of R.A. 7079 also known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991 was reflected in this activity as this year’s conference had more than a thousand delegates from both elementary and secondary schools all over the province. As regular attendees of this conference, Ang Kanda staffers once again participated in DSPC.

To train the staffers and select the individual contestants, the advisers Mrs. Ana Arandia and Ms. Donna C. Regulto conducted the School-Based Campus Journalism Workshop on July 17-18, 2015. Then, 2nd Young Writers’ Camp for Campus Journalism was organized by Ang Kanda of Canda NHS and The Bridge of Lutucan NHS for the journalists from different high schools in the town to have training and individual competitions. It was conducted at Canda NHS on August 7-9, 2015 and participated in by the aspiring campus journalism from all public high schools in Sariaya. The results of the individual contests gave the advisers some ideas on who performed well and could join to DSPC and win the contests.


Mrs. Ana D. Arandia lectures on Science Writing during the School-based Campus Journalism Training on July 18, 2015.


The winners in Editorial Writing pose holding their certificates with their adviser, Ms. Donna Regulto and the resource speaker, Mr. Nicanor Guinto (August 9, 2015).

The announcement of the details in joining DSPC was held at the training of school paper advisers attended by Mrs. Joan Kathleen T. Brizuela on September 9-11, 2015 at Sevilla’s Resort, Lucena City. It was emphasized that the participating school must submit the school paper as a requirement before joining the individual competitions for students. Thus, the preparation for the school paper side by side the selection and training of individual contestants started. Moreover, the articles centered on the theme “The Role of 21st Century Journalist in Upholding Good Governance, Leadership and Transparency” as announced by Mrs. Jennifer Lopez, Regional EPS for English and Campus Journalism. Meanwhile, some of the staffers accompanied by Ms. Donna C. Regulto covered the sports events at the Congressional Meet at San Antonio, Quezon on September 9-10, 2015.

(Photo – Staff Meeting) Ms. Donna C. Regulto announces the individual contestants who would participate in DSPC during the staff meeting on September 1, 2015.

On September 15, 2015, the editors and the advisers convened for the planning/recollection of the news stories and articles to be written. The meeting continued in the afternoon and the articles were assigned to specific staffers from Grade 7 to Grade 10. The data were gathered in the succeeding weeks and the articles were revised. The layouting of the school paper started on September 28, 2015. Revisions of the articles and polishing of the layout were done during the remaining weeks before the competition.

(Photos – Editors’ Meeting) Ms. Donna C. Regulto guides the editors in selecting issues and news stories to be included in their sections (September 15, 2015).

The editors and advisers discuss and finalize the list of stories and articles on September 15, 2015.

The editors distribute the news stories to be written by the staffers on September 15, 2015.

The editors and advisers start to encode the articles submitted by the staffers on September 21, 2015.

The date of the competition finally arrived. On October 23, 2015, the delegates travelled to Atimonan, Quezon with their six copies of Ang Kanda Vol. XX (computer-print only) and with high hopes that they would win the individual contests and school paper category.

(Photo – Departure) The delegates wait for the van to Atimonan at SM Terminal (October 23, 2015).

(Photo – Quarters) The delegates review techniques on the night before the competition starts (October 23, 2015).

All the individual writing competitions happened on October 24, 2015. Mrs. Maritess N. Quesea and Mrs. Joan Kathleen T. Brizuela went to the venue to guide the contestants together with Ms. Donna C. Regulto. The rest day for the contestants was the second day, October 25, 2015 (Sunday). Then, the awarding finally arrived on October 26, 2015. Ang Kanda Vol. XX No. 1 got the following awards in the different sections among more or less 20 school paper entries:



News Page 7th Place
Editorial Page 10th Place
Feature Page 4th Place
Science 4th Place
Sports 3rd Place
Layouting 8th Place
Overall Rank

5th Place

For the individual categories, Archie Linsasagin won 4th place in writing feature articles (Filipino) and qualified for the Regional Schools Press Conference. Meanwhile, Romel Sangalang also clinched on the 7th place for editorial writing (Filipino). The announcement for his win was missed on the awarding ceremony. Hence, only the division memorandum for the cliniquing informed the advisers. Nevertheless, the two individual winners went through the division cliniquing of winners on November 20-22, 2015 at Sevilla’s Resort, Lucena City.

(Photo – Awarding)  Archie Linsasagin holds his certificate for winning 4th place in  feature writing category (October 26, 2015).

Ang Kanda Vol. XX No. 1 also received constructive criticisms during the cliniquing. All these suggestions were applied in the re-layouting and revising of articles on November 23-25, 2015. The final version for RSPC were printed digitally at CA Copy Center in Lucena City on November 25, 2015 and the six copies were submitted personally by Mrs. Ana D. Arandia and Ms. Donna C. Regulto to EPS Angelina B. Castillo at Sevilla’s Resort at around 8pm on the same date.  Finally, the two advisers went to printing press on November 26, 2015 to submit the copy for mass production. The copies of the school paper arrived to school on December 4, 2015.


The judge and critic for Editorial page gives his comments on the issue discussed in each editorial article of Ang Kanda Vol. XX No. 1 (November 22, 2015).

The Regional Schools Press Conference was conducted at Imus, Cavite on December 7-8, 2015. Mrs. Ana D. Arandia accompanied Archie Linsasagin and Romel Sangalang in competing in their respective categories. The school paper category was judged from November 27-December 8, 2015. However, the awarding was not conducted this time. The winners for both school paper and individual categories were announced through a memorandum which was uploaded at DepEd Region IV-A website on December 21, 2015. Fortunately, Ang Kanda Science and Technology Page won 11th place. Though the school paper did not

qualify for the National Schools Press Conference, it was still a great feat for a first-timer in 20-page school paper competition.

Ang Kanda 11th plac

Summary of Campus Journalism Activities

AY 2015-2016 

Time Frame


July – November 2015 Coverage of Different Activities in School and Community
July 1-2, 2015 Training for Sports Coverage during Intrams
July 3, 2015 Sports Coverage during Intrams
July 4-7, 2015 Meetings and Preparation of Documents for District Camp
July 8-10, 2015 Submission of Training Proposal to DO and Request for Approval
July 6-16, 2015 Submission of Sports Articles
July 17-18, 2015 School-based Campus Journalism Training
July 20-23, 2015 Meetings for Sports Coverage during Municipal Meet
July 24-25, 2015 Sports Coverage during Municipal Meet
July 11-August 6, 2015 Preparation for District Camp for Journalism
August 7-9, 2015 Conduct of District Camp for Journalism at Canda NHS
August 10-31, 2015 Monitoring of Students’ Development
September 1, 2015 Announcement of Individual Contestants for DSPC
September 9-11, 2015 Division Training for School Paper Advisers
September 9-10, 2015 Sports Coverage of Congressional Meet at San Antonio, Quezon
September 15, 2015 Meeting and Planning for School Paper Articles and Sections
September 15-October 23, 2015 Gathering of Data, Writing of Articles, Layouting of School Paper, Revision of Articles
October 23-26, 2015 Division Schools Press Conference at Atimonan, Quezon
November 5, 2015 Courtesy Call at the Office of the Municipal Mayor
November 14, 2015 Photo Walk Contest for Children’s Month Celebration conducted by MSWD Sariaya – Participated in by 5 Photojournalists accompanied by Mrs. Maritess N. Quesea
November 20-22, 2015 Cliniquing of School Paper and Individual Winners
November 23-25, 2015 Revision of Articles, Re-layouting and submission of copies for RSPC
November 26, 2015 Submission of Copy to Printing Press for Mass Production
December 4, 2015 Arrival of School Papers in School
December 7-8, 2015 Regional Schools Press Conference at Imus, Cavite
December 21, 2015 Announcement of Winners through Memorandum uploaded at DepEd Region IV-A website

Other Snapshots

(Photo) Ang Kanda staffers pose for a photo while waiting for track and field events during the Municipal Meet on July 24, 2015.

20150910_151300Ang Kanda staffers break for a photo session during the Congressional Meet at San Antonio on September 9, 2015.

(Photo) Snapshot during one of the nights the staffers stay in school, October 8, 2015.

(Photo) Mrs. Marietta B. Cabuyao, Principal II, Ms. Donna C. Regulto and Archie Linsasagin report to the office of the municipal mayor to extend gratitude for the support to DSPC delegation and school paper competitions (November 5, 2015).

(Photo) Romel Sangalang and Archie Linsasagin pose for a photograph at their quarters. (December 8, 2015).


My First Layouting Project Ever

For the first time in the history of being a campus journalist/adviser, I managed to do a layout for a campus paper. The sleepless nights and stress are all worth it. We have not won in the Regional Schools Press Conference last January, but the campus paper served as ticket for the three DSPC winners to join the RSPC in Dasmarinas City, Cavite.

How could this seemingly impossible project be possible in one week? Yes, in one week’s time because the super duper deadline of submission to the Regional Office of DepEd-CALABARZON was on January 17, 2014 and we just started the layout on Monday, January 13, 2014. Well, as a beginner to layouting, I downloaded many PDF tutorials from the internet. I also recollected some techniques learned from friends who are experts in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop from observing and editing .indd projects for campus papers, souvenir programs, and yearbooks when I was still at Southern Luzon State University, Lucban, Quezon. During those times, my friends who were doing the lay-outing then were generous enough to share tips and techniques in layouting. Plus, Google has always been so supportive giving me helpful links on all my ‘how-to’ queries.

I consider this project an achievement, a product of our collaborative efforts. No words could express my awe and admiration to the intelligent mind of Mrs. Ana D. Arandia. She tirelessly filtered and edited the journalistic and creative write-ups which are amateurishly written by the campus journalists. During the whole week, we shared the nights with at most three hours sleep only. This dedicated campus paper adviser spent these nights away from her family except for one night when her three boys (her husband and two sons) slept, too, at the ICT room. These nights we spent editing, lay-outing, sometimes chatting, and even hearing tapping from the keyboards with no people around except the two of us (creepy!). At last, the four nights, and at least five days fruited into something that bore the name of hardwork and dedication to campus journalism. We finished the editing and layout of ANG KANDA (Vol. 19. No.1) and submitted it (soft copy pdf) to the adviser of The Coconut of Quezon NHS just before they handed in the other campus papers at the Regional Office.

This endeavor, of course, would not be possible without the help of the two other co-advisers, Mrs. Joan Kathleen Brizuela and Mrs. Marites Quesea, and the cooperation of the campus journalists such as Marish Catibog, Marjun Mendoza, Jan May Bilaro, Jessa de Mesa and Jeannille Bundalian who also spent a night for the editing of the printed layout. And the delivery of the food and my clothes? Thanks to my ever supportive parents, Mr. Ignacio and Delia Regulto. The understanding of our school heads and co-teachers and all of our classes whom we left behind after the periodical exam the other week were immeasurable. One week without getting inside my own advisory class made me miss my students. But after we finished the project in the morning, we needed to doze off so I went home early morning of January 17. We also scheduled ourselves available (Ma’am Ana and Marjun) during the next day, January 18 to submit the paper to the printing press at Lucena City.

Ang Kanda Front Page

The front page of Ang KandaAng Kanda Sports Page

The back page of Ang Kanda

picture039I took a selfie right after the distribution of the papers. 😉

Layouting is actually a job of student journalists. But, since this is my first year in my new school, I took the challenge because I needed to fully experience the messy part of being a campus paper adviser. Plus, how can I teach my students to do the layouting themselves if I myself do not know it? Of course, the skills will not be solely mine. I am actually thinking of a workshop or sessions in learning Adobe Photoshop and InDesign for both campus paper advisers and aspiring layout artists. However, there are roadblocks here  such as the availability of equipment, the computer, which should be capable of Adobe software and high specs for graphics. To be able to this during the next school year is again another endeavor. So help campus paper advisers God!

P.S. Thank you Sir Gleeson Catahumber for installing Adobe CS3 on my laptop.

Young Writers’ Camp for Campus Journalism

A Narrative Report

Venue: Canda National High School

Brgy. Canda, Sariaya, Quezon

Date: August 2-4, 2013

In strong support of R.A. 7079 also known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991, that promotes the development and growth of campus journalism, the secondary schools of Cluster IV-Sariaya Chapter, led by Canda National High School and Lutucan National High School, organized a training workshop for campus journalists in preparation for the forthcoming press conferences. Moreover, the training workshop helped newly established secondary schools of this municipality to start establishing their own publication staff and publishing their own school paper.

In preparation for this training workshop, the lead persons, Mrs. Ana D. Arandia and Ms. Donna C. Regulto of Canda National High School and Ms. Shiela Niña L. Rea of Lutucan National High School, met for several times in July 2013 to talk about the flow of the program, to invite resource speakers, to set the venue and date, and to prepare the project proposal to be submitted to the office of the Division of Quezon for approval.

After the copy of the project proposal were signed by the principals of Canda National High School and Lutucan National High School, the lead persons submitted it to the office of the Education Program Supervisor for English, Helen L. Panol, and the Schools Division Superintendent, Tolentino G. Aquino, CESO VI, for approval. They suggested that the proposed registration of each student which was P175.00/each be discarded so that the students would not be burdened financially. With this recommendation, the organizers decided that there would not be any registration fees for the participants. The participants would just bring their own food or buy their food at the school canteen. Moreover, the organizers would solicit financial support from the local government and would use existing fund of the two publications, Ang Kanda and The Bridge. With this modification in terms of budgetary requirements, the EPS and SDS sent their go signal to pursue the program through Mr. Jessie V. Vasquez, the principal of Canda National High School.

The organizers made the necessary preparations. They prepared the letters of invitation to the resource speakers and handed them right away. These resource speakers who would share their expertise with the students willingly agreed to spend time and teach the participants for free. The financial support needed to buy some tokens for the resource speakers was sought from Mayor Rosauro V. Masilang, the municipal mayor of Sariaya, Quezon, through his Executive Assistant, Mr. Marion D. Saligay.

The first weekend of August finally came. The venue was prepared as well as all the rooms for accommodation, the session rooms, and the covered court. Furthermore, the facilities and equipment to be used were all set beforehand. The teachers from Canda National High School who helped in the preparation of the school facilities were Mr. Cesar L. Zarsuelo, School Facilities Coordinator, and Mr. Edmundo V. Manalo, Property Custodian. The teachers who also supported the conduct of the training workshop included the canteen manager, Mrs. Remily T. Magpantay who prepared the food for the speakers and participants, and Mr. Mark Anthony C. Vera who helped with the transportation of the resource speakers from the town proper to the school. Of course, the co-advisers of Ang Kanda, Mrs. Maritess N. Quesea and Mrs. Joan Kathleen T. Brizuela, acted as facilitators during the conduct of the training workshop. The event was also possible with the help of utility workers and security guards.


Marjun Mendoza, SSG President and Ang Kanda staffer, assists Mr. Edmundo V. Manalo in setting up the sound system.


The registration line is jam-packed as the participants sign their names on the list.

The delegates from Lutucan National High School, Castañas National High School, Pili National High School, Bignay II National High School, and Gov. Anacleto Alcala National High School were accompanied by their respective advisers.

The thirty-seven (37) participants from Lutucan National High School were accompanied by four (4) teachers: Ms. Shiela Niña Rea, Ms. Ana Leah De Castro, Ms. Khristine Joy Galleon and Mr. Jonald Seño. They also acted as resource speakers and facilitators. Meanwhile, Pili National High School had fourteen (14) delegates who were accompanied by their adviser, Ms. Haide Bustamante. Governor Anacleto C. Alcala National High School registered ten (10) participants plus one adviser, Ms. Rhodora Genoza. Together with Ms. Jennalyn Albos, the nine (9) participants from Castañas NHS arrived excitedly at the venue. Bignay II National High School sent thirteen (13) participants together with one teacher-adviser. The host school, Canda National High School, had the biggest number of participants, forty-six (46) in all. In sum, the total participants for this training-workshop were one hundred twenty-nine (129) students from all the secondary schools at Sariaya, Quezon.

After assigning the accommodation rooms for each group of participants, the opening program was started right away. Mrs. Maritess Quesea acted as master of ceremony.


Ms. Donna Regulto welcomes the participants to Canda National High School. Standing at the back is Mrs. Maritess Quesea who serves as the master of ceremony.


Mr. Marion Saligay, the Executive Assistant of Municipal Mayor, represented Hon. Mayor Rosauro V. Masilang. He spoke of the support of the local government to the programs of different schools of Sariaya, Quezon.


Ms. Donna C. Regulto explains the house rules at the quarters and at the session rooms. She also gave some reminders on the facilities to be used and the regulations regarding safety during the entire training workshop.


Ms. Shiela Niña Rea, the adviser of The Bridge of Lutucan National High School, orients the participants on the schedule of the training sessions.

The sessions for the different categories were conducted simultaneously at the three training/session rooms. The participants with the guidance of their advisers selected the category they will attend to. The resource speakers first gave lectures on the assigned category and then facilitated the training/workshop for the participants. Lastly, they gave contest piece for the participants to work on and then selected outstanding outputs and performances.


Mr. Jan Lorie Robil of Ateneo De Manila University gives lecture on Editorial Cartooning to interested cartoonists from different schools.


During the workshop, he coaches the delegates one by one. He gives comments on their cartoons and tells them important techniques for improvement of their craft.


Mr. Marvin Rosales (top) and Mr. Garry Villaverde (bottom) of Luis Palad National High School give lecture on Photojournalism.


After the actual shoot of the students, they both give comments on their outputs and tell how to improve on capturing photos for school paper.


Ms. Shiela Niña Rea, the adviser of The Bridge of Lutucan National High School, gives lecture on Feature Writing.  She also gives them techniques on how to write captivating feature articles. Then, she instructs them to write feature articles on the given topics in English and in Filipino categories.


Mr. Archibald Capila of The Kingfisher, the official publication of Southern Luzon State University, Lucban, Quezon, teaches the participants techniques in Copyreading and Headline Writing. After his lecture, he hands out sample news articles to copyread. Finally, he distributes the contest piece to copyread and put headline on.

Ms. Rhona Joy Fetalco of Lucena West I Elementary School is the resource speaker for Radio Broadcasting and Scriptwriting.

For the workshop, the groups from each participating school do actual radio broadcasting of the script they have written together. Meanwhile, the resource speaker listens carefully and comments on the things they have to improve.

Ms. Shiela Niña Rea, the adviser of The Bridge of Lutucan National High School, is also the resource speaker for Editorial Writing. She guides the participants on how to write great editorials. The topics for Editorial are also given in English and Filipino categories.

Mr. Nicanor Guinto of Southern Luzon State University shares his expertise in News Writing. He emphasizes to the participants the basic techniques in writing news stories. Then, he gives fact sheets in English and in Filipino for the writers to write a good news articles.

Mr. Brian Villaverde of Southern Luzon State University teaches the students to do layouts for school paper. He then gives instructions on how to make a dummy sheet. For the workshop, each group of three participants makes dummy sheet showing the layout.

Mr. Leoben Miel of The Kingfisher of Southern Luzon State University, is the resource speaker for Sports Writing in English and in Filipino. Similarly, the training workshop starts with a lecture, then actual writing and coaching.


After the conduct of all training workshops, each of the resource speakers were presented certificates of appreciation and tokens.

The resource speakers receive their certificates of appreciation and tokens as sign of utmost gratitude for their valuable contribution in the promotion and development of campus journalism.

Mrs. Ana Arandia and Ms. Shiela Niña Rea present token and certification of appreciation to Ms. Rhona Joy Fetalco.

Together with Ms. Shiela Niña Rea and Mrs. Joan Kathleen Brizuela, Ms. Doris Dela Cruz, English Head Teacher of Lutucan National High School, presents token and certificate of appreciation to the resource speakers.

The closing program started after lunch time during the last day. Mrs. Joan Kathleen Brizuela served as the master of ceremony. The delegates whose outputs and performance stood out against the others’ were recognized and given certificates. The list of all the winners is presented below:




1stPlace Dexter San Buenaventra (LNHS) 1st Place Marish Catibog (Canda NHS)
2nd Place Jeanille Bundalian (Canda NHS) 2nd Place Cristina Guinto (Canda NHS)
3rd Place Lois Hannah Argawanon (LNHS) 3rd Place Gladys Peren (Canda NHS)

Copyreading/Headline Writing

1stPlace Sheena Caraig (LNHS) 4th Place Catherine Daoba (LNHS)
2nd Place Kim Harley Gutierrez (LNHS) 5th Place Priscilla Esconde (LNHS)
3rd Place Angelica Delos Reyes (Canda NHS) 6th Place Randy Umila (Canda NHS)

Feature Writing



1stPlace Jopeth Atienza (LNHS) 1st Place Jose Gabriel Pizarra (LNHS)
2nd Place May Delos Santos (LNHS) 2nd Place Lindon Emralino (LNHS)
3rd Place Jennelyn Oquialda (Canda NHS) 3rd Place Marjun Mendoza (Canda NHS)
4th Place April Joy Awatin (Canda NHS) 4th Place Jessa De Mesa (Canda NHS)
5th Place Camille Burgos (GACANHS) 5th Place Christian Macasaet (Canda NHS)

Editorial Cartooning

1stPlace Ma. Christina Agawin (LNHS)
Runners Up Jerrimiel Mendoza (LNHS); Joshua Rosales (LNHS)
Lyka Gunay (LNHS); John Ray Catapang (Pili NHS)

Editorial Writing



1stPlace Haide Magboo (LNHS) 1st Place Nico Rodolfo (LNHS)
2nd Place April Joy Awatin (Canda NHS) 2nd Place Lenlen De Silva (GACANHS)
3rd Place Camille Burgos (GACANHS) 3rd Place Jessa De Mesa (Canda NHS)
4th Place Eunice Jaspio (Pili NHS) 4th Place Prince Nhicole Era (LNHS)
5th Place Mike Cabaysa (Castañas NHS)

News Writing



1stPlace Kim Gutierrez (LNHS) 1st Place Lindon Emralino (LNHS)
2nd Place Rizza Jovellano (LNHS) 2nd Place Sheena Caraig (LNHS)
3rd Place Ella De Guzman (LNHS) 3rd Place Farah May Tolentino (Canda NHS)

Sports Writing



1stPlace Jopeth Atienza (LNHS) 1st Place Alvin Pompa (Canda NHS)
2nd Place Lyka Gunay (LNHS) 2nd Place Andro Cabaysa (Castañas NHS)
3rd Place Hayselle Pagkaliwagan (Canda NHS) 3rd Place Regine Ginoguin (LNHS)


1stPlace The Bridge (LNHS)
2nd Place Pili National High School
3rd Place Ang Kanda (Canda NHS)

Radio Broadcasting



Best Anchor Anchor #4 (LNHS) Best Anchor Anchor #3 Boy (Canda NHS)
Best News Presenter  #4 2nd News Presenter (LNHS) Best News Presenter #3 Boy Anchor (Canda NHS)
Best Infomercial Group #5 (GACANHS) Best Infomercial Group #7 (Bignay II NHS)
Best Technical Application Group #4 (LNHS) Best Technical Application Group #1 (LNHS)
Best Script Group #4 (LNHS) Best Script Group #1 (LNHS)
Best in Radio Production Group #4 (LNHS) Best in Radio Production Group #1 (LNHS)

The resource speakers and Ms. Doris Dela Cruz present certificate of recognition to the first place winners in each category.

The advisers from each participating school receive the certificates of participation for their delegates and for themselves.

Each group of delegates from participating school posed for souvenir photographs.