Yesterday however was a bit different. First I was asked to talk about newswriting -- in Filipino. And then it was not high school students but grade school students -- 10- to 13-year old kids. I was referred by the people I helped with the newswriting-English gig in NCR three weeks ago. I guess they liked what I did even though I stressed I had little practical experience with straight news.
The Metro Manila Young Writers Conference and Contests, an NCR-wide competition, was held at Fort Bonifacio Elementary School in Makati City. The winners would compete in the national contest in Leyte in April.
I myself was an MMYWC contestant, in Pagsulat ng Balita when I was in grade five and Editorial Writing when I was in grade six. And some of those contestant looked as though they could be my Elmo's playmates on the street. I thus got a kick out of seeing them reciting the Journalists'Oath. What would the future hold for them?
|Welcome to Fort Bonifacio Elementary School! The atmosphere was more festive than competitive. The school was in better shape than most public schools.|
|The sight of those kids taking their oath was heart-warming.|
|This girl shepherded all 112 contestants to the assigned rooms for the contest.|
|First, they crammed themselves into the computer room for the short lecture -- though I do not like the word. "Sharing"would be more apt.|