COTABATO CITY, Dec. 18--- Student representatives from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) brought pride to the Bangsamoro after bagging several awards in a recently-held national and international competitions.
Yahser Malang, a student of ARMM Regional Science High School in Parang, Maguindanao, is top two grand-finalist in Southeast Asia Video Festival held on November 24 in Manila.
Also, a team of five students from Parang National High School of Parang town bagged the grand champion in Science Investigatory Project on November 16 in Olongapo City.
Another pride is Ricco Teraytay, a finalist who competed in the 2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships from November 15 to 18 in Taipei, Taiwan. He is a student of Camp Siongco National High School, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
The awardees were united in saying that bringing the banner and pride of the Bangsamoro is a strong statement that people in the ARMM have many to offer.
"I'm proud that I'm from ARMM, and overwhelmed to represent Mindanao and the country Philippines," said Teraytay who was included in the top 10 under 17 junior male team.
ARMM's Education Department secretary Atty. Rasol Mitmug Jr noted that the ARMM government has consistently been supportive of these outstanding students.
"It feels so good, because we have a direct communication with Secretary Mitmug and he constantly monitor me and it's a big help," Teraytay said, adding that thousands of athletes from 59 countries joined the 2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.
The winning students of ARMM Regional Science High School who bagged the championship in video competition, a children category which bannered the theme, "Everyday's Hero" for their entry entitled "Super Guro," said they were happy to win the competition.
Sinebata 2018 is a competition of creators of videos for children. The videos were also created by them. It is convened by Anak TV, an advocacy organization that promotes television literacy and child-sensitive, family-friendly television in the Philippines.
Apart from receiving trophies and other prizes, the team placed second in the Second Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children - also known as Southeast Asia Prix Jeunesse.
"I'm so proud because we have brought with us the banner of ARMM and the Philippines and we are proud to say that there are many talented individuals in this area," Malang said.
Other competing participants also included Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Meanwhile, the winning students of Parang National High School, the grand champion in Science investigatory project, said they are honored to represent the region in a science competition. The team's grand champion project was an anti-theft door alarm.
They are hoping, however, that their success will also inspire other students to develop their skills to investigate scientifically and make investigatory projects as part of their learning.
In a message, Secretary Mitmug expressed confidence that the students in ARMM will continue to participate in future national and international activities. (BPI-ARMM)