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DSWD spearheads 2018 Regional Children’s Contest

The spirit of holiday season filled the air as the children of region 7 shared an early Christmas gifts of wits, talents and skills to the parents, day care workers, NGOs and LGUs in the 2018 Regional Children’s Contest on Wednesday, November 28 held at the Robinsons Galleria, Cebu City to culminate the 26th National Children’s Month (NCM) celebration.

“Children are vital part of our existence,” said Ms. Marion Concordia Saguisag, mall operations manager of Robinsons Galleria Cebu who allowed the free use of the venue.

Deniez Abregana representing Mandaue City clinches the first place in the Draw and Tell category through her moving description of her beautiful drawing that depicts the child and her natural environment.

DSWD 7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre encouraged parents to let the children freely express themselves not only on speaking but also through their talents. “Dili angay pugson ang mga bata kung unsa ang dili nila gusto (We should not force children on things they don’t like). This is the day of the children. Let us allow them to be children,” said Dir. Macapobre

Almost 200-day care kids from the different municipalities and cities of region 7 participated in the singing, draw and tell and folk dance categories.

In the singing category, Richlynn Rayne Bernardo of Danao City won the 1st place in her very soothing rendition of “Tomorrow”. Samantha Raganas from Talisay City got the 2nd place and Whane Matthew Sarigumba, of Carmen, Bohol took home the 3rd place.

In the Draw and Tell category, Deniez Abregana, representing Mandaue City captured the hearts of the audience with her innocent yet moving description of her beautiful drawing that depicts the child and her natural environment. Cyresha Gale Salim of San Jose, Negros Oriental and Keshia Abay of Trinidad, Bohol placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the Folk dance category, the children of Cebu City bagged the first place with their Tinikling dance. They were followed by the 2nd placer, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental with their Polka sa Plaza dance and Talisay City as the 3rd place winner who danced Jota Quirino.

All the winners went home with a customized, colorful medals; certificates; toys and goodies that cheered them up.

Moreover, kids were enthralled by the look-alikes of Ana and Elsa of Frozen who belted out the theme songs of the movie. Gella Vergara, the 2012 Regional Children’s Contest winner also entertained the audience with her singing prowess. Likewise, the children from different organizations showed their talents to everyone.

Other activities in line with this NCM’s celebration were the Parents-Children Dialogue on Nov. 22, Online Sexual Exploitation on Children (OSEC) campaign in the schools of Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova on Nov. 6-7, the Advocacy and Awareness Walk on Nov. 10, radio guestings and Kapihan sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

The Regional Children’s Contest is a yearly culminating activity for the National Children’s Month celebration. ###

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