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"Be Honest" campaign intensified thru oratorical contest

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Dumaguete City (13 November) -- The Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) will hold the first nationwide "Be Honest" oratorical competition this month.

According to Wilfredo Magallano of BCBP, this competition is part of the Be Honest Campaign launched by the BCBP, as its contribution to promote and instill honesty in society.

In Dumaguete City, there will be 10 public and private high schools, whose third and fourth year students will compete in the local level, at the competition event on Thursday, November 20, 2008, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Bethel Guesthouse.

The objectives of the competition are: (1) to inspire and encourage our youth to live out the virtue of Honesty as a way of life; and (2) to heighten the awareness on the urgent need to dismantle the culture of corruption and dishonesty in our society.

Magallano said some 700 high schools all over the country are expected to get involved in this competition, from November 2008 to February 2009. A national championship competition will be held in Manila among the 60 chapters of the BCBP nationwide.

This project has been strongly endorsed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo and Department of Education Secretary Jesli A. Lapus, BCBP official said.

According to local BCBP organizers, this oratorical competition is in a way engaging with the youth that one day in the future the virtue of Honesty might again find a place in our nationhood. The youth of today are our greatest hope to reclaim the tarnished image of the Filipino, the statement said.

The oratorical competition shall revolve around the BCBP awareness campaign of: Be Honest, even if others are not, even if others will not, even if others cannot. (PIA/jct) [top]

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