PCAARRD conducted another painting contest for high school students from Laguna to drumbeat the Council’s SIPAG FIESTA.

Twenty-six students from different high schools in Laguna competed in the contest, which tested not only their creativity, but also their appreciation of the importance of science and technology in the field of agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources.

Angela V. Estrellado of Academia de San Ignacio de Loyola, San Pablo; Leanne Josephine C. Austria of Christian School International, Los Banos; and Maria Colleen P. Lanuzo of Liceo de Los Banos won the first, second, and third places, with a cash prize of twenty, fifteen, and ten thousand pesos, respectively.

Each of the non-winning participants received one thousand pesos as consolation prize.

Cesar M. Frias, Simeon R. Manahan, Jr., and Ellena Y. Belen, all former PCAARRD employees, who are known for their creativity and passion for painting, acted as board of judges.

Aside from promoting the SIPAG FIESTA, the clay jar painting contest served to acquaint the young artists on the Council’s mandates and its role in the agriculture and aquatic sectors. The event also inspired them to channel creativity and artistry to a more purposive activity to create awareness on the importance of science and technology.

Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, PCAARRD Acting Executive Director and Dr. Edwin C. Villar, Acting Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development did the preliminaries in terms of explaining the contest’s goal and expected outputs and its relevance in strengthening the linkage between science and technology and education sectors.

PCAARRD’s Applied Communication Division (ACD), through its Instructional Materials and Publications (IMAP) Unit, led the event. (Ricardo R. Argana, thru Estrella Z. Gallardo, PSciJourn MegaManila)