MANILA – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) led the conduct of the “Paligsahan ng may K sa Kasaysayan at Kultura ng Pilipinas” on 18 July 2019 at the Multi-Purpose Hall, NHCP Building, T.M. Kalaw, Ermita, Manila.

The contest was held in line with Apolinario Mabini’s 155th birth anniversary on 23 July 2019 and the observance of the 41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, which had the theme “Lokal na Pamahalaan: Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Karapatan ng mga Taong May Kapansanan.”

The contest was participated in by students with disabilities in the secondary level, both from private and public schools in the National Capital Region and Region IV-A.  The contest had four (4) categories: blind and orthopedically handicapped; deaf/hearing impaired; autism, and other exceptionalities.

The winners of the blind and orthopedically challenged category were Margareth Fernandez from Sagad High School (1st place), Alexandra Margarette Tallod from Quirino High School (2nd place), and Alexandra Phoebe C. Barasi from Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral School (3rd place).

The winners of the deaf/hearing impaired category were Hannah Galve from Sagad High School (1st place), Karl Francis N. Du from Manila High School (2nd place), and Jhan Laureese Paelma from Quirino High School (3rd place).           

The winners of the autism category were Jedrick A. Dela Cruz from Valenzuela National High School (1st place), Gil Jorrald Escoto from Carmona National High School (2nd place), and Reignan Rada from Gen. Pio del Pilar National High School (3rd place).

The winners of the other exceptionalities category were Rafael M. Horlador from Balibago Integrated High School (1st place), Paolo Orijola from Cradle of Learners, Inc. (2nd place), and Veneizza Abdrea D. Alvarez from Jose Fabella Memorial School (3rd place).

The winners were awarded cash prizes, tokens, certificates, and NHCP publications. 

The event was also graced by Congresswoman Bernadette “BH” C. Herrera-Dy of Bagong Henerasyon Party List—House of Representatives; NHCP Deputy Executive Director for Administration Carminda Arevalo; Chief of the Information, Education and Communication Division—NCDA Mr. Rizalio R. Sanchez; and other officials from the Department of Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and United Architects of the Philippines (UAP).

The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote and preserve Philippine history through its museums, research and publication, and preserve historical heritage through conservation and the marking of historic sites and structures.