TAGBILARAN CITY, August 19 (PIA)--A ten year old girl from the Eskaya Tribe in Taytay, Duero was named as the 2019 Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children Bohol provincial winner.
Cleia Tadena, a Grade 5 student at Taytay Elementary School in Duero town bagged the top spot in the provincial search organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to recognize the performance of children belonging to the family beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
Cleia is the eldest of the three children of Ernie Tadena, 37, a farmer and Cristy 29, a housewife. Her other siblings are 6 year-old Cian and Ernie Jr., 2 years old.
During the awarding ceremony on August 14 held at Panda Tea Suites, Cleia's mother, Cristy received the award on her behalf as she was in Manila as she recently won ABS-CBN's The Voice Kids Philippines Blind Auditions 2019, the first in her tribe to join such contest.
Tribu Eskaya is one of the less visited place in Bohol. They are an indigenous group found in the towns of Duero, Guindulman, Sierra Bullones, and Pilar. The tribe has its own distinct culture, literature, and language. The most common settlement of the tribe is located in barangay Taytay in Duero.
Cleia performed effortlessly "Oras Na" song on Aug. 11 episode of The Voice Kids where the three judges - Lea Salonga, Bamboo and Sara Geronimo - turned for her. It isn't just her stage presence that captivates a crowd of followers but Cleia's highly relatable and humble disposition as well.
Cristy said Cleia really loves singing and started singing at the young age at two years old. Her favorite songs are "My Heart Will Go On" of Celine Dion and "May Bukas Pa" by Rico J. Puno.
Her mother recalled that when the family had TV then, Cleia loves watching singing contests and would ask her lola how to be inside the TV. Years later, Cleia's question was answered on TV on the second Sunday of Aug.
"Nalipay ko pag-ayo kay dili tanan bata nakaabot ana," Cristy said during an interview after the awarding.
As the provincial winner, Cleia received a certificate of recognition, P5,000 cash prize and another P1,000 transportation allowance.
The other provincial winners are Danica Resusta of Dagohoy as the second placer and Angelene Boyore of Ubay as the third placer.
Cleia, as Bohol's provincial first placer will compete in the regional level search.
The search aims to recognize Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries who serve as excellent examples in their households, schools and communities. It also aims to encourage children to be active citizens by complying with the conditions of the program. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)