DAGUPAN CITY – The city of Dagupan, in partnership with Department of Education (DepEd) – Schools Division Office (SDO), hosted the 2018 Regional Festival of Talents on December 18.

The event was formally kicked off with a street dance performed by all participating contingents, followed by the opening ceremonies at Lyceum-Northwestern University.

Present during the rites were DepEd Regional Director Dr. Malcolm S. Garma, Asst. Regional Director Dr. Jessie Amin, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Nestor “Nanoy” Duque of L-NU, Dagupan Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lorna G. Bugayong, Asst. SDS Dr. Lourdes Servito, Chief Education Supervisor Dr. Venus Estonillo of Curriculum Implementation Division and fellow SDSs and ASDs in the region.

With this year’s theme as “Celebrating Diversity through the Performance of Talents and Skills for Sustainable Inclusive Education”, the RFOT aims to provide learners with opportunities to showcase their talents through the exhibition of their products and performances as evidences of their learning.

Students in elementary and high schools, Alternative Learning System, special education, and madrasa learners from the school divisions in the entire region participated in the competitions which were held in different venues.

These included contests in Technolympics (Technology and Livelihood Education and Technical-Vocational-Livelihood); Sining Tanghalan (Arts); Population Development (Araling Panlipunan); Tagisan ng Talino (Filipino); and Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL) or Language Skills Competition.

“This is to show that DepEd does not only treasure and cherish your academic performance but would also like to put importance to the talents of our learners. We are not only looking for talents, but the RFOT is also a showcase of skills,” said DepEd Regional Director Dr. Malcolm S. Garma.

This was echoed by Mayor Belen Fernandez when she welcomed all contingents to the city.

“I believe the holding of the Regional Festival of Talents here in our city will inspire our children to further improve their talents and skills in different fields. This will make them more competitive, more driven to achieve success, ” said Mayor Fernandez.

The RFOT will serve as preparation for the coming of the 2019 National Festival of Talents which will also be hosted by the city on January 28 next year. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)