Iloilo City National High School Silak Cultural Dance Troupe represented the Division of Iloilo City and the Region VI in the National Festival of Talents 2021.
This contest aims to showcase the talents of the Filipino youth from all over the country. The DepEd Regional Office VI, has specifically chosen SDO Iloilo City to represent the region in the folk dance competition.
The contest has specific rules which also stipulates the importance of technology enhancement in the competition as well as observance of the health protocols while filming the 5-minute video entry.
ICNHS Silak Dance Troupe with their School Principal, Ms. Alpha A. Java (leftmost) and Mr. Ramil Huyatid, trainer (rightmost)
“We have chosen execute “Andaluz” for the competition because this dance portrays flirtation, attraction, chivalry, grace, confidence and zest for life –fitting attributes that we, Filipinos have in adapting to these challenging times. It is a lovely blend of a slow and vivacious music that depicts the Ilonggo attitude for life,” says Ramil C. Huyatid, Silak Dance Troupe’s adviser and choreographer.
The National Festival of Talents 2021 will be featured virtually on December 6, 2021 via DepEd Philippines Facebook page, and the results of the competition will also be announced thereafter.
Iloilo City National High School’s Maria Lilian Jem Montero, Joseph Andrean De La Cruz, Leonardo Rosal, Ralph Archie Agreda and Raf Jeanel Simonio won first runner-up in the recently concluded Concentrix NEXT MOVE Challenge last Nov. 15, 2021.
The annual innovation contest was sponsored by Concentrix, an IT solutions Industry which aims to empower the youth in innovative technology.
Twenty-six private and public schools from all over the country participated in the contest, and the selection process took two months to finish with De La Salle University-Manila, University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, University of Science & Technology of Southern Philippines, the Mandaluyong City Science High School, and Iloilo City National High School as finalists.
The students’ innovation entitled ““Automated Meter Reading Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology” aimed to address problems regarding meter-reading inaccuracies experienced by consumers, as well as electrical distribution companies. Moreover, it also enables the consumer to track their electric consumption, thus the tagline: “SmartZip: A Portable way to monitor your pay.”
“We are so lucky to have been chosen as finalists and we promise to continue to inspire our fellow students to innovate and to always come up with solutions to our everyday problems. We thank everyone who have helped us in this journey, and this does not stop here. We are inspired and we will continue our mission,” says Ma. Lilian Jem Montero, their team leader.
Project Advisers were Rey J Gonzales, Joemarie Selibio, Francis Planto and Astrid Haresco, and were supported by the school’s PTA President, Jeff De La Cruz and Alpha A. Java, Principal IV.
(Iloilo City) – Sixty students enrolled in Alternative Learning System (ALS) of DepEd Division of Iloilo City were awarded certificates of completion of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) Infoteach training program last April 8, 2016 at Monfort Hall, DepEd Division of Iloilo, Lapaz, Iloilo City.
PLDT Infoteach training program is a social corporate responsibility initiative of the company aimed on training both students and teachers in the field of Information Communications Technology (ICT) and had the tradition to teach students and teachers in regular schools and had partnered with Local Government Units (LGU’s) and University of the Philippines Open University (UPO), but now extended to ALS which is the first in their program as well as in the City of Iloilo.
The training implementation started in the third quarter of 2015 and spearheaded by Mr. Stephen Balmes and Mr. Rolly Ben Madera, both Education Program Specialists II, with the support of Mrs. Leila Valencia, ALS Coordinator and Education Program Supervisor, Learning Resource Management Development System under the Curriculum Implementation Division of DepEd Division of Iloilo City.
Together with Iloilo City, local officials of recipient localities of Oton, Leon, and San Miguel in the Province of Iloilo thanked PLDT of the laudable program which the company has started for many years ago. In her speech, the amiable and brilliant Officer In-Charge of the DepEd Division of Iloilo City, Ms. Clarissa G. Zamora, addressed the importance of ICT in leveling international boundaries and knowledge on 21st Century skills as responsive education of today’s learners.
Mr. Dominador Co, one of the Executive Assistants to the Hon. Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, expressed the Mayor’s message by commending the spirit of volunteerism possessed by ALS teachers in delivering alternative education and skills to the youth of Iloilo City.
The Head of Community Relations Department and Public Affairs of PLDT, Mrs. Evelyn Mamauag del Rosario, served as the guest speaker. She challenged the Training Course completers to share their learning to others. “It is not just that your brains are full, but the heart who knows how to love. Share the modules to teachers and all learners”, she added. She concluded that their training as what PLDT believes serves as a social equalizer to bridge the problem of poverty and suggested an innovative way of saying PLDT, that is – Pray to God, Listen carefully to your teachers, Determination to win, and Teamwork.