Nine Vincentian schools from Luzon and Visayas sent their best speakers to join the National Elocution Contest. The Vincentian Family Coordinating Council with the Office for Vincentian Identity and Mission (OVIM) conducted the event on March 12 at the Adamson University Theater. Carrying Charity and Mission as its theme, the competition, was among the activities being done to celebrate the 350th death anniversary of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac.
A total of 21 contestants joined the declamation, oratorical, and extemporaneous speaking contests, which were divided into the high school and college divisions. The participating schools were Adamson University, Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion from Cebu, Colegio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and Colegio de San Jose from Iloilo, Sacred Heart College from Lucena City, Santa Isabel College, St. Anthony College of Roxas City, St. Louise de Marillac College of Sorsogon, and Universidad de Sta. Isabel from Naga City.
Sacred Heart students Darly Obsiana, Ana Carmela Comendador, and Annie May Sarmiento led the roster of winners for the event. Obsiana won the high school declamation contest while Comendador and Sarmiento won the collegiate oratorical and extemporaneous speaking contests, respectively. Other winners were Mariejo Sevilla from Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion for the high school oratorical contest; Ramon Buelos Jr. from Colegio de San Jose for the high school extemporaneous speaking contest; and Roma Antonio from Adamson for the collegiate declamation contest.
The judges for the contest were Sr. Julma Neo, DC, former General Councilor of the Daughters of Charity, who was also chair of the board of judges; Atty. Vincent Tañada, artistic director and founder of theatrical group Philippine Stagers Foundation; and Fr. Tim Cirujales, CM, National Director for the Miraculous Medal Apostolate.
Activities will continue to flow throughout 2010 until its culmination in September, when the commemoration of the death anniversaries of St. Vincent and St. Louise come to a grand close. Yael Esperat