Naga and Tanay bag top honors for best hometown stories

21 Feb

Naga City Science High School (NCSHS) and Ilaya Elementary School (IES) took home the grand prizes of the Doon Po Sa Amin Community Mapping Competition—the biggest annual school-based online mapping activity in the country conducted by Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) with partners since 2008.

NCSHS created an original and informative music video about the must-visit places in Naga City such as Our Lady of Peñafrancia Museum, Haciendas de Naga Adventure Park, Panicuason Hot Spring Resort, Grissini Ristorante, and many more. The same team also bagged the Best in Impact and Most Active School awards for its music video.

In the primary level division, IES emerged on top, winning the Best in Impact and Most Active School awards for its division, as well. The IES school team created a video where they played the roles of a news anchor and field reporters highlighting the alluring destinations in Tanay, Rizal including the Daranak falls, Regina Rica, San Ildefonso Church, Parola, and Kalinawan Cave.

The other winners for the secondary level division are the teams from Vinzons Pilot High School with their entry about the life story of Wenceslao Vinzons, Sr., Bicol’s freedom fighter during the Japanese occupation (1st Place, Best in ICT Integration, Community Choice); Naga City Science High School with their video entry on Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world (2nd place, Most Active School); Oton National High School which featured organic farming in Tagbac Elementary School in Iloilo as a solution to the students’ poor academic performance due to malnutrition (3rd place); and Cavite Science National High School with their entry promoting the coffee bean produced in Amadeo, Cavite, the coffee capital of the Philippines (4th place).

For the primary level division, the other winners are the teams from Naga Central School 1 which tackled the many uses of Pili tree and its role in improving the livelihood of the people residing in the region (1st place, Best in ICT Integration, Most Active School); Ilaya Elementary School that featured Balaw-Balaw, an exotic food in Tanay which is a mixture of rice, shrimp, coconut milk and other spices fermented for three days (2nd place, Most Active School); San Roque Central Elementary School with their music video entry about People’s Park in Davao (3rd place, Most Active School); and Naga Central School 1 which featured inspiring stories of five Bicolanos who have risen above adversities (4th place, Most Active School).

All the DPSA stories are laid out geographically on an online map, powered by Nokia location and Commerce, and can be viewed at

Through the project, students are able to put their hometowns on a map, literally and figuratively. As they creatively tell interesting stories highlighting their town’s tourist destinations and activities to enjoy, food, personalities, history, plants and animals, among other things, they create buzz and generate interest from the public.

Doon Po Sa Amin is supported by the Department of Education and is aimed at encouraging teachers and students to use computer and Internet technologies to generate web-based information and educational materials about their respective communities. This project is in line with Smart’s thrust to promote information and communications technology (ICT) integration in basic education.

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Smart Communications, Technology


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