Dubbed as the Olympics of Campus Journalism, National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) is set to gather the best student-journalists in the country.
The venue this year is Pagadian City, which is the capital of Zamboanga del Sur in Western Mindanano from February 19 to 23, 2018.
The National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) is the highest intellectual competition for journalism in both private and public, elementary and high schools in the Philippines.
It was not an easy feat to hurdle the contest from the division to the regional and ultimately to the national level.
I made it to the headline! Ang Batis is the official school paper of Mariano Marcos Memorial High School and they are so proud of our achievement in NSPC 1995 that they still highlighted the historical win the following school year. Nahalukay sa baul!
Humbly speaking, I was the first champion in radio broadcasting in the history of NSPC.
It was held in the historical city of Malolos, Bulacan in December 14-18, 1995.
Then Department of Education, Culture & Sports (DECS) launched for the first time a new category about broadcasting.
It was a pioneer contest that paved the way for more trailblazing categories.
We prepared for TV newscasting in the regionals but ended in radio news reporting during the nationals.
I was the flag bearer of the National Capital Region (NCR) representing the Division of City Schools – Manila & Mariano Marcos Memorial High School (District 6).
All the winners were announced from other categories first.
Ours was the last.
There were tons of butterflies in my stomach.
I knew, I did well pero mahirap mahopia at siopao asado.
I was going back and forth in the toilet.
I was so nervous.
During our time, the top 10 was announced.
10th, 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd placers, my name was nowhere to be found then 2nd from other region.
Every one was going home already.
Then, 1st place went to NCR (ako kaya?), sampu kaya kaming representative then from Manila (may isang qualifier from Villamor High School – District 5) after a long silence (paexcite pa more ang host!)
My name was called.
I was surprised!
No, very surprised!
I sprinted all the way to the stage and proudly received the trophy on behalf of all the young journalist in the world, the universe rather – este Philippines pa lang pala!
I went back to Manila victoriously and presented the trophy to then Mayor Alfredo Lim.
I also took part in the DECS’ student exchange program to Seoul, South Korea.
The NSPC experience inspired me to take a journalism course in college.
More than winning, NSPC taught me the value of excellence.
Be it big or small, give it your all!
Opportunity knocks once, so grab the bull by its horn.
I did not become a news presenter whether in TV or radio but I have a voice that I can share to the world through this blog.
The passion never stops.
Like Henry Anatole Grunwald said:
“Journalism can never be silent: That is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”
To all young journalist, keep on writing manalo o matalo, magqualify man o hindi sa NSPC, laban lang!