PostHeaderIcon Over 7,000 Participants Celebrate Adolescent Reproductive Health Day

IMG_3972_Fotor_Collage3As part of the celebration of the Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Day, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. through its ARH Program, organized a Poster-making, Team Quiz Bee, Tagalog Spoken Poetry & Song-writing/Battle of the Bands Contests with the theme “Sining at Musika Para sa Kabataan: Rated PG #PagibigGoals” held on August 25, 2017 at the Municipal Gymnasium of Polomolok, South Cotabato. This event was successfully conducted with support from Dole Philippines, Inc., Provincial Government of South Cotabato, Local Government of Polomolok, Department of Health, Department of Education, RHU Polomolok, and other development actors and stakeholders including the volunteer efforts of the Health Education Promotion Officers (HEPOs), PNP-Polomolok, Mun. Health Office and the Civil Security Unit.

The main goal of this occasion is to raise the level of awareness of teenage groups regarding adolescent sexuality, adolescent reproductive health and sexual health issues including teenage pregnancies and the prevention of STI/HIV/AIDS. Intended as an event for-a-cause, all the proceeds that will be collected will be used to support the projects related to the ARH program.

The team quiz bee contest participated by students from 12 private & public secondary schools schools was facilitated by ARH teacher advocates. At the same time was the poster making contest with 12 students showcasing their artistic skills through drawing and painting. All their artwork entries were exhibited and judged by a Board of judges composed of experts on the field of arts. For the Tagalog Spoken Poetry competition, 5 semi-finalists performed their poetry piece in front of an audience with 3 panel of judges evaluating their performance based on a given criteria.

The most awaited event and the highlight of the program was the Battle of the Bands with 5 school bands from different schools performing live their original song compositions and competing for the “best band” title. Their onstage performance had the crowd of more than 7,000 students cheering and clapping to show their support for the contenders representing their respective schools.

The winners for all the contests were announced afterwards. They were given certificates and tokens and awarded with cash prizes. The audience was also entertained by the Stay and Wait (STAW) band  and later enjoyed the electronic raffle prizes which made the moment more exciting.

This event was more than just an opportunity to promote awareness about sexual and reproductive health issues and educate the young individuals to make responsible decisions in life  but to also showcase their talents and skills in various fields for them to have a successful career and become productive citizens of the society. The celebration was also an avenue to increase awareness on dengue and to correct the misconception of most of the people in treating the disease.

Mr. Martiniano Magdolot, MFI President & CEO, was delighted by the total number of participants and expressed his thankfulness to the organizers and volunteers for making this event a success. He also encouraged the youth to set their goals, learn to control real-life distractions and to focus more on their studies.

Dr. Edwin Dipus, Municipal Health Officer, also felt grateful that this kind of activity was initiated and he is hoping that this will continue and prosper. “May our youth sector be continuously guided and will remain the hope of our land,” he said.

Below is the list of the winners for the following contests:

Tagalog Spoken Poetry:

1st  place: Bentung Sulit National High School  – Anna Mae Cuya

2nd place: St. Lorenzo School of Polomolok, Inc. – Eken Zoe Calooy

3rd place:  Poblacion Polomolok National High School – Queen Shane Marie Ocier

4th place: Upper Klinan National High School – Michael Andre Mendoza

5th place: Matutum View Baptist Academy, Inc. – Erika Ann Viladiez


Poster Making Contest

1st place: Poblacion Polomolok National High School – Scott Ian Gil G. Alilay

2nd place: Silway-8 National High School – Argie z. Lariba

3rd place: St. Lorenzo School of Polomolok, Inc. – Klint Cleo Tacadao


Team Quiz Bee

1st place: Poblacion Polomolok National High School

2nd place: Silway-8 National High School

3rd place: Pablo Valencia National High School


Battle of the Bands

1st place: Polomolok National High School – Heart Beat Band

2nd place: St. Lorenzo School of Polomolok, Inc. – The Cadent Crusade Band

3rd place: Poblacion Polomolok National High School – Final Decision  Band

4th place: Dole Philippine School – DPS Senior High

5th place: Landan National High School – Happy Optimistic People En Bloc (HOPE) Band

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