By April Montes
DAGUPAN CITY – The brightest and most talented Pangasinan students faced off in the annual inter-school competition organized by Pangasinense students of the University of the Philippines Subol Society (UPSS)-Diliman and Baguio chapters.
Dubbed as “Padunungan,” the event serves as an avenue for students in Pangasinan to meet and raise their awareness and appreciation of their province and its languages and culture, and to promote excellence in academics and the arts.
It showcased on-the-spot competitions on poem writing, essay writing (English and Pangasinan), poster making; and contests on debate, folk dance, impromptu speaking, poem recital, poster-cum-slogan making, quiz show, and singing (Pangasinan songs).
Elementary and high school students from 55 schools from the province participated in the two-day activity slated on January 8-9 at the Dagupan City People’s Astrodome.
The UPSS, which was founded in 1975, is a non-stock, non-profit, university-based organization of UP students who hail from or have roots in Pangasinan.
Throughout its 40-year history, the UPSS has constantly functioned as a vibrant avenue for the preservation and promotion of Pangasinan culture, the rendition of service to the province, and the integration of Pangasinan students into the university culture.
“Padunungan” is the fulfillment of the ‘subol,’ (the Pangasinan word for spring) that is within every member and embodies the group’s vision of an ideal education for all youth including the belief that education is not mere academics.
This year’s Padunungan is anchored on the theme “Rooted Service to One’s Origins.” (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)
By April Montes