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MCL students stand out in LUNDUYAN 2017 Writing Contest

In the recently concluded LUNDUYAN 2017: 17th Luzon-wide Student Press Convention, two members of Malayan Colleges Laguna’s student publication, KAMALAYAN, dominated the Feature Writing Category of the On-The-Spot Writing Contest which was held as a surprise after the writing workshops.

First placer Nikolai P. Dineros, a 3rd year BA Broadcasting (BAB) student, chose to join the Feature Writing workshop since it is where he wants to improve.

He briefly explained the community in San Pedro (Laguna) that they visited, engaged with, and wrote about, then proceeded to how he laid down his words and ideas. “Sinulat ko muna sya in English kasi doon ako sanay. Tapos nag-focus ako more on sa in-interview ko. Tapos nag-transition ako sa mismong community nila, sa kung pano sila naka-locate sa area na yun.”

Bearing in mind the importance of the lead in an article, the KAMALAYAN Associate Editor struggled with continuing the piece because he focused so much on the first part. But he succeeded in finishing it despite hitches and his own cynicism.

Nikolai further spoke about what the “big day” was like to him.

“Nakaupo lang ako sa gilid nun tapos lahat ng mga delegates naka-focus sa announcement ng winners. Lahat sila nag-aabang. ‘Nung nakita kong 3rd place si Michael nagulat ako. Nakikitaan ko kasi talaga siya ng potential. Naisip ko nalang na kapag mananalo siya hindi ko na iisipin na mas matataasan ko siya.”

And when the announcers called his name as the 1st placer? “Sobrang tawang-tawa ako sa sarili ko, hindi ko alam kung paano nangyari yun.”

On the other hand, despite being the only Senior High School (SHS) student and the youngest in the event, Michael James F. Gnilo, an incoming Grade 12 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) student under MCL-SHS, has experience in both campus journalism and joining writing competitions from when he was in elementary school.

According to the KAMALAYAN writer, he enrolled in the same class because he wanted to try a new battlefield, since he is more proficient in news and editorial writing. Because of that, negative thoughts developed as he was wrote his piece. “Pero in the end, nag-sink in nalang sa utak ko to just do it kasi panic and worrying will not help. ‘Saka take it easy lang kasi after all hindi naman ‘yung contest ‘yung ipinunta ko dun, ‘yung experience ‘yung gusto kong makuha.”

The awarding came, and the unanticipated victory arrived while he was announcing the winners. As part of the committee, Michael was assigned as one of the emcees.

“Nung biglang lumabas ‘yung pangalan ko as the third placer ‘di ko masabi,” he shared, recounting the funny scene.

“Nagulat ako ‘nung nanalo ako, kasi among more than 30 people inside that room, covered niya buong Luzon. Isipin natin kung ano ‘yung prestige na nandoon. Unexpected, actually.”

In the end, KAMALAYAN workshops and reading sample articles helped them succeed in the competition.

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