The Department of Education teamed up with Kraft Cheez Whiz to celebrate the nation’s observance of Nutrition Month by launching the Palamantasan ng Sarap, Sustansya at Saya – the largest inter-school competition among grade school students in the Philippines. The goal of the Palamantasan is to fight malnutrition in a fun and interactive way by teaching kids proper nutrition and healthy snacking.
I attended the regional eliminations today, August 15th at the Department of Education – Division of Iloilo City Social Hall. Students from chosen schools in Region 6 converged to find out who exactly are the best among the best. I had the honor to be one of the judges for the Sabayang Pagbigkas and Cheering Competition. While I was watching all the talented students of Western Visayas, I couldn’t help but reminisce my own grade school days. I can’t believe that I am on the other side of the fence now, I used to join contests like this but now I’m one of the judges! LOL! But some things don’t change, students from this region are still very talented and I know that the judges for the National eliminations are going to have a hard time in choosing the winners.
The Cheez Whiz Palamantasan is composed of 5 competitions and the schools that joined have representatives for each contest. The On-The-Spot Essay Writing Contest, Jarchitecture Contest, Mom & Kid Sandwich Recipe Contest, Sabayang Bigkas and the Cheez Whiz Cheering Competition. According to Mr. Alex Dan Tacderas, the Category Manager for Cheez Whiz – Kraft Foods Philippines, this is the first time that a national competition has been instigated to explore the multi-level talents of our children outside the classroom. Kraft wanted to have a meaningful impact in the community instead of spending a lot of money just focusing on advertising. Believe it or not, 3 out of 10 children are actually underweight and malnourished so Kraft partnered with the Department of Education to focus on the nutrition and health needs of Filipino adolescents and children by having this project to help children become healthier in more ways than one, it is due time to reinforce proper nutrition so if you want to support this campaign in your own little way – make a pledge.
“The Palamantasan is not only reminding us to obtain proper nutrition but it is also a reminder of what the students should try to learn in school,” says Councilor Jason Gonzales. “The academic culture of today is teaching the students that grades are the whole point which is actually not true. Children should engage in profitable and worthwhile activities outside the classroom to become better human beings and for them to have the love for learning as well.” I couldn’t agree more.
Unfortunately, I was not able to take photos of the sandwich art competition because we were judging the Sabayang Bigkas and Cheering Competition. Below are photos of the winners.
The winner of the Essay Writing Contest is from Iloilo Central Elementary School. The topic is about nutrition. The winner’s piece was chosen from among 6 entries.
The winner of the Jarchitecture contest is from Andres Bonifacio Elementary School, Bacolod City. This work of art was chosen from among 4 entries.
The winner of the Sabayang Pagbigkas is from Rizal Elementary School. They were the best among the 5 groups. These kids have a big chance in winning in the National competition!
The winner of the Cheering Competition is from Pres. Manuel Roxas Memorial School, Roxas City. These kids were the best among the 4 groups that joined. They were awesome!
The winner of the Sandwich Art Competition is from Filamer Christian University, Roxas City. They are the Mom and Kid tandem who cooked up the best and most nutritious sandwich recipe among the 6 contestants.
Here’s a video of the announcement of the winner in the Cheering Competition. Feel the energy! I had so much fun today and I really appreciate Kraft Cheez Whiz for designing competitions that create awareness in nutrition issues. Keep up the good work!