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Pangasinan hosts Luzonwide CHED presscon

By Venus H. Sarmiento

Lingayen, Pangasinan (9 February) -- The province once again played host to the annual gathering of some 800 campus journalists and publication advisers from all over Luzon.

The Association of Luzonwide Tertiary Press Advisers (ALTPA) in coordination with the Commission on Higher Education held the 9th Luzonwide Higher Education Press Conference at the Consuelo Hotel in Lingayen town that started Sunday evening.

Dr. Paulito Nisperos, ALTPA president said, the event is in accordance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act No. 7722 otherwise known as the Higher Education Act of 1994 whch enjoined higher education institutions in the public and private sector to participate in the endeavor.

"The participants discussed matters arising from the role of the campus paper in the socio-political transformation of the Filipino nation, hence the confernce theme is ?Campus Journalism: Invigorating the Essence of Genuine Democracy," he said.

Nisperos said the event hosted several competitions among the campus journalists on different aspects of journalism such as writing contests on news, feature, sports, editorial, poetry, opinion, copyreading and headline writing, photojournalism, comic strip drawing, editorial cartooning and literary graphic illustration.

Prof. Purisima Ariola, president of the Association of Regional Campus Paper Advisers (ARCPA) and head of the host region, was ecstatic over the moth long preparations. "The original venue was in Laoag, Ilocos Norte but has to be changed as the civic complex has not been completely set ?up," she said.

"We are fortunate to host this gathering and excited as well as we discuss together our role in invigorating democracy in its truest sense through campus papers," Ariola added.

Ariola and the ARCPA group concocted a study tour for the delegates which included a trip to the scenic lighthouse in Bolinao town, a glimpse of the Hundred islands in Alaminos City and to the famous Manaoag shrine.

The three-day Luzonwide Teritary Education Press Conference was participated in by students from Regions 1 to 7 ? Ilocos, Cagayan, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Cordillera plus guest participants from Cebu. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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