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Written by: J.P. Francisco

A senior high school student from Nueva Ecija emerged as the Grand Prize winner of Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA)’s 2nd Volunteerism Photo Contest with the theme ‘Boluntarismo: Daan Tungo sa Pagbabago!’

Mr. Anjo R. Ortega’s Planting the Future Together bested 32 other entries. Mr. Ortega, from Cesar E. Vargara Memorial High School, will receive Php 30,000.00.

The second runner-up, to win Php 15,000.00 is Mr. Emerson Catindoy, from Antipolo City with his entry Sign of Love.

Mr. Andres P. Bonifacio, a public school teacher from Malabon City, will bag Php 5,000.00 as the winner of the Audience Choice’s Award wherein the photograph with the most number of Facebook likes will win. His entry, Pinagbigkis ng Bagong Umaga received 7,300 likes.

Entries were judged according to relevance to the theme, aesthetics, originality and overall impact.

The winners were selected by the Board of Judges composed of Mr. Julian Tongson, former US Peace Corps Program Officer; Prof. Carlito Amalla of the UP College of Fine Arts and former National Awardee of PNVSCA’s Search for Outstanding Volunteers; Mr. Pablo Beltran of the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Incorporated; Ms. Annabelle Jimenez, winner of PNVSCA’s #Volunteerism4Devp Photo Contest 2015; and Mr. Noell El Farol of the Dela Salle College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Arts.

According to the Board of Judges, Planting the Future Together, aside from its unparalleled aesthetics and relevance to the theme, stood out from the roster of entries because of its ecological component which caters to the country’s present problem on environment. Sign of Love, on the other hand, was chosen because of its candidness and attractiveness.

The 2nd Volunteerism Photo Contest is a major activity of the PNVSCA in celebration of the National Volunteer Month this December.

Grand Prize Winner: Anjo Ortega, Cesar E. Vergara Memorial High School. Planting the Future Together. Novo Ecijanos at their young age contribute in changing the future by preserving the nature through tree planting volunteerism.
Runner-up: Emerson Catindoy, Antipolo City. Sign of Love. Mary Joy Ecabande, a young member of Jehova's Witnesses from Rizal Province serves as volunteer in an outreach mission to share what she learn from informal and short training about sign languages. She share not only the love of God but also brighter hope to poor kids who are deaf or have hearing or speaking disorder.
Audience’s Choice Award: Andres Bonifacio, Panghulo National High School. Pinagbigkis ng Bagong Umaga. Sa pagsibol ng haring araw ay naipamalas ng mga mangingisda ng New Washington, Aklan ang kanilang sama-samang lakas para maisulong sa dagat ang kanilang bangkang pangisda: ang natatanging sandalan ng kanilang kabuhayan.

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