DAGUPAN CITY – The city scored a total of 59 winnings in the 2017 Regional Schools Press Conference held in San Carlos City, Pangasinan on December 12-14.

At least 23 students have qualified to the National Schools Press Conference to be held in Dumaguete City.

Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lorna G. Bugayong disclosed that the city has scored a total of 32 individual winnings, five team winnings, 22 school paper winnings for a total of 59 winnings.

The winners were all presented and acknowledged during the flag raising ceremony at the city plaza on December 18 by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez.

“Our city is indeed so blessed. Our children have been victorious in any field of endeavor be it in sports, music and now in writing. Our city itself is also winning numerous awards like the Seal of Good Local Governance for three consecutive years now. We are also finalist in the National Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities and we were also recognized as the Most Competitive City in the entire region, a feat that we have not gained in the past,” said Fernandez.

In line with this, Fernandez disclosed that preparations are underway for the First Journalism Summit in the city by next year onJanuary 29-31.

The summit aims to promote and enhance the talents of the children in journalism with lectures from well-known journalists, locally and nationally.

Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Lourdes Servito said Dagupan is now number one not just in sports but also in academe.

She said the students who participated in the conference mostly won in feature writing, news writing, sports writing, photo-journalism and cartooning.

They also excel in TV and scriptwriting, broadcasting and collaborative desk top publishing.

The school papers also were best in feature page, layout design and sports page.

Among the winners was Young City Mayor Jilian Kay Madison S. Fernandez of the Pangasinan Universal Institute who won 1st place in feature writing in English. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Dec. 18, 2017)