To commemorate the birthday of Manuel E. Arguilla, Bauang Local Government Unit (LGU) came out with on the spot mobile photography contest and on the spot short story writing contest on June 17, 2019 at Manuel E. Arguilla Silid Karunungan at Kultura. (MEASKK)
8 schools, both public and private from Bauang sent their participants for the contests.

SBM Gabriel Sotto welcomed the participants. He reminded the contestants that the contest venue, MEASKK, is a living edifice that reminds each Bauangenio of the greatness of the personhood of Manuel E. Arguilla.

“Let the spirit of Manuel E. Arguilla lives in the minds and hearts of every Bauangenio for there is a Manuel E. Arguilla in every one of us,” Sotto said.

He challenged the youth especially those from Bauang to model their lives on the good examples and the lessons which are embodied and immortalized in his noble works.
“Let Arguilla be the youth’s inspiration to do good for other people”, he added.

Arguilla was a well-known short story writer born in Nagrebcan, Bauang, La Union. His short story, “How My Brother Leon Brought Home His Wife,” won first prize in the Commonwealth Literary Contest in 1940. Collections of his famous works were compiled in a book with the same title of his winning short story by Philippine Book Guild in 1940.

He was not only a great writer but he was also a patriot and a martyr. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines in 1941, Arguilla led a division of the Marking’s Guerillas by joining the freedom forces. He was imprisoned with his family at Fort Santiago by the Japanese. He was sentenced to death on October 1944 at the age of 33.

In the mobile photography contest, these are the winners: First place went to Adrian Gabrielle Flores of Don Eulogio de Guzman Memorial National High School. His coach was Elke Estandian Jr. and he received Php3, 000.00.The second placer was Pauline Grace Tangalin of Bawanta National High School bagging Php2, 000.00 and her coach was Ana Calica. Evangeline Legaspi of Eulogio Clarence de Guzman Memorial National Vocational High School garnered third place with a prize of Php1, 000.00.

In the on spot short story writing contest, the champion was Ma. Celeste Q. Galvan of Sacred Heart School. His coach was Cloven Gil Casuga. He won a cash prize of Php3, 000.00. The 2nd placer was Hany Almer E. Quilit of Bawanta National High School and his coach was Magnolia Natividad. And the third place is Jonecah Lyn Lopico of Don Eulogio de Guzman Memorial National High School and her coach was Shuleene Andrada.

All the winners and coaches received certificates of recognition while non-winners received certificates of participation.

Judges in the on the spot mobile photography are Joel Rilloraza, Chairman, from Luna LGU, Peter Nang, president of Bauang Tourism Council and Bonnie Pedralvez from Bauang LGU. Criteria for judging were: Relevance to the subject – 20%, Composition – 20%, Creativity – 20%, Technical Quality – 20%; Overall Impression – 20%.

In the on the spot short story writing, the judges are Rizza Costales, an English professor at DMMMSU-MLUC, Rosalie Dout, Secretary to Sangguniang Bayan and Myrna Romero, LGU Tourism & Information Officer. Criteria for judging included: Content – 70% and Form and Style -30%.
Winning entries in the mobile photography contest are considered properties of MEASKK. They will be displayed at the library.

Bauang PIO