Opening Ceremony of the National Schools Press Conference with Deped Secretary Leonor Briones, Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe” Remollo, Governor Roel Degamo, City Schools Supt. Evangel Luminarias and other educators welcome the young and promising student journalists from across the country.

Dubbed as the Olympics of campus journalism, the Schools Press Conference will gather the best student-journalists from the 17 regions all over the Philippines.

Close to 5,000 campus journalists from public and private elementary and secondary schools compete in three categories: 1) Individual which include News Writing, Feature Writing, Editorial Writing, Science & Technology Writing, Photojournalism, Editorial Cartooning; 2) School Paper which include having the best section in News, Features, Editorial, Science & Technology, Sports, and Layout & Page Design; and 3) Group category: Radio Script Writing & Broadcasting, Collaborative Desktop Publishing, and TV Script Writing & Broadcasting (for secondary level).

Two contests are for exhibition purposes: Column Writing and Online Publishing.

This year’s official theme is “Embracing ASEAN Integration: Campus journalists’ role in advancing inclusive education.”

(With Claudio Sun)