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 19 July 2017 at the Multi-Purpose Hall, NHCP Building, T.M. Kalaw, Ermita, Manila.

The contest was held in line with Apolinario Mabini’s 153rd birth anniversary on 23 July 2017 and the observance of the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, which has a theme “Karapatan at Pribilehiyo ng May Kapansanan: Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban!”

The contest was participated by students with disabilities in the secondary level, both from the private and public schools in the National Capital Region, Region III, and Region IV-A.  It was divided into three categories: first was for the blind and orthopedically handicapped; second, for the deaf; and third, for students with other exceptionalities.

The winners of the first category were Cyrstal Jhoy B. Bamzil from Ramon Magsaysay High School (1st Prize), Andrea Estrella from Quirino High School (2nd Prize), and Rey Mark T. Valencia from Philippine School for the Blind (3rd Prize).

The winners of the second category were Donna Clarisse L. Carreon from Quirino High School (1st Prize), Haynee Grace C. Bongao from Philippine School for the Deaf (2nd Prize), and Jim Paulo B. Britaña from Valenzuela National High School (3rd Prize).

Finally, the winners of the third category were John Raphael S. Aquino from Kalayaan National High School (1st Prize), Philip Miguel A. Garcia from Don Jose Ynares Sr. Memorial National High School (2nd Prize), and Mark Joseph M. Fuentes from Valenzuela National High School (3rd Prize).

The winners in the three groups were awarded cash prizes, tokens, certificates, and various NHCP historical publications. 

The event was also graced by Congresswoman Sol Aragones, Representative of the 3rd District of Laguna and Acting Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality and Chairperson of the Committee on Population and Family Relations; NHCP Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Projects Veronica A. Dado; NCDA-OIC Dir. Carmen R. Zubiaga; and other officials from the Department of Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authrority (TESDA), Department of Tourism (DOT), and United Architects of the Philippines (UAP).

The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote Philippine history through its museums and publications, and preserve the nation’s historical heritage.