by Nikko P. Quiñonez
After winning the division and regional level competitions, the Liceo High School broadcasters bagged four awards, out of six, in the Script Writing and Radio Broadcasting contests (English category) during the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC), last February 15-21, in Naga City.
Polished diction, variety of intonation, good voice quality, and clarity of news items were the very qualities that made the team won in the national finals. The team was composed of fourth-year students Xenia Claire P. Valeria (in charge of the technical application); Mariel Apple P. Maandig, Ashian Marie C. Jalnaiz, and Angelie S. Guiñares (field reporters); Dennis Paul C. Comandante (co-news anchor); and third-year student Shelley C. Manapil (news anchor).
Calling their team Liceanette Patrol, which they coined after the name of their official school publication with station ID DXRX 143.4 Astig!, they championed in the Technical Application and Best News Anchor categories and placed second and third in the Best Infomercial and Best News Presenter categories, respectively.
Based on the four raw materials, the contestants were given an hour to write a script about the automation of the elections in 2010, the inclusion of breastfeeding in both the elementary and high school curricula, the recession of world economy, and the Philippine’s battle plan for the South East Asian (SEA) games in Laos. These materials were then broadcasted during the contest within four to five minutes as the allotted time.
The contestants were also asked to make an infomercial related to this year’s NSPC theme “Climate Change: A Call for Responsible Campus Journalism.” An infomercial is an advertisement that sells an advocacy campaign rather than selling products for a consumer to purchase.
In an interview, the Liceo participants revealed that they really expected to win basically because of their teamwork. The team’s coach Mr. Michael Villamor, high school faculty, said that winning in the division and regional levels already prepared the team to outmanoeuvre the other schools in the final competition. He also added that their prayers and the rigid training they went through, which was sponsored by the Department of Education in its search for local broadcasters early this year, definitely propelled their victory.
The team received certificates and trophies during the awarding ceremony.