Students celebrate ARMM’s agri-fishery in a mosaic making contest
Cotabato City (29 September 2014) – The status of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as a leading agri-fishery center in the country was highlighted by students in a mosaic making contest organized on Monday as part of the observance of the World Food Day in 10 October this year.
The nine Grade 6 students who took part in the contest created mosaics out of materials like rice, corn, coffee and other crops found in abundance in the ARMM. The event was organized by ARMM’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).
The winner will represent the region in the national level of the competition this 10 October. ARMM bagged the top prize in last year’s national finals.
Makmod Mending, Jr., DAF-ARMM secretary, said they are hoping the region will again grab the first prize this year.
“Last year, Alamid Abdulkader, a Grade 6 student bested 18 other contestants in the national finals. This year, I wish another young pupil from ARMM will do the same,” he said.
Mending lauded the students as young artists who use talents to harness fresh ideas and bring about innovations.
Winners of the contest were judged based on the following criteria: 20 percent for originality, 30 percent for visual impact, 30 percent for creativity using abundantly produced agri-seeds and aquamarine products, and 30 percent for theme relevance.
The regional champion will receive a cash prize of P3,000, gift items and a chance to represent the region in the national level, where he or she get the chance to win P15,000 in cash prize and other incentives.
Teacher Lilybeth Gomez of Tenorio Elementary School in Datu Odin Sinsuat town, who coached last year’s national grand champion, encouraged participants and their coaches to continually nurture the artistic gifts of the pupils.
“Winning the national championship was the biggest surprise, aside from the cash incentive, we were treated to a 3-day educational tour and a visit to the national museum,” she said.
“But above all, as the coach, the fulfillment of being able to guide your student discover his potential while giving honor to ARMM and our institution was overwhelming,” she added.
ARMM is among the country’s leading producers of crops like cassava, rice, corn and coffee.
World Food Day 2014 carries the theme “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the Earth”. (Bureau of Public Information)