BISCAST, Naga City – BISCAST’s The Collegian named as Overall Champion in the 19th Regional Tertiary School Press Conference (RTSPC), held last January 16-18 at Macagang Hotel and Resort, Nabua, Camarines Sur.

The Collegian won big in the Group Contest as they bagged Best Tabloid, Best Newsletter and 2nd Best Literary Folio awards.

In the individual contest, Copy Editor Carl Justine Abejero placed 1st in the Sports Writing Contest (English) and 9th in Feature Writing (Filipino); Graphic Artist Mart Erwin Bermillo won 1st place in Literary Graphics (Filipino) and 3rd in Editorial Cartooning (English); Danico Vincent Canave, The Collegian’s Art Editor placed first in Literary Graphics (English) and 3rd in Comic Strip Drawing (Filipino); and Allyza May Tosoc, won 1st place in Opinion Writing (English) and 4th Place in Editorial Writing (English).

Staff writers also garnered awards including Annie Brizuela (2nd place in Feature Writing English and 2nd place in DevComm Writing Filipino), Zyra Ponce (2nd place in News Writing Filipino and 3rd place in Editorial Writing Filipino) and Vea Zuela (5th place in Poetry Writing Filipino).

Editor-in-Chief Leo Andrei Ablan achieved the 7th spot in Sports Writing English; Arriane Borromeo, 8th place in Comic Strip Drawing English; Associate Editor Jessie Boy Cruzat, 6th place in News Writing English and Cedric Trinidad, 7th place in Photojournalism and Layouting.

According to Dr. Ana Cristina R. Ursua, Publication Moderator, it was the first time that the organizers of RTSPC used the combined individual and group contest points in determining the over-all champion.

In their courtesy visit with Dr. Richard H. Cordial, the College President congratulated the team for their success and challenged them as well on how to maintain the momentum of being the best.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ursua confirmed that first to fifth RTSPC placers will represent Bicol Region in the Luzonwide Higher Education Press Conference (LHEPC) in Pampanga on March 6 – 8, 2019.

The team is also gearing up for the OSSEI National Conference on Campus Journalism and 12th Writing Competition on February 28-March 2, 2019 in Baguio City.

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