PSB retains 1st runner-up spot in 2018 KOR-MEAR
Philippine School (Bahrain) sustained its overall first runner-up title in the 16th MEAR (Middle East and Africa Region) Rizal Youth Interschool Academic, Talent and Skills Competition held at Swiss International Hotel, Manama on Nov. 16-17, 2018.
Eight high school students formed the PSB delegation to the annual event.
Tenth grader Jia Rwen Gamul won the coveted crown of Young Maria Clara, while Grade 11 Grant Amandy landed 3rd runner up for Young Jose Rizal.
Seniors Arkiel Ventican and James Elloso marked a 3rd runner up finish after a 22-item clincher with Philippine International School Qatar.
Angelei Padua, Grade 8, garnered 2nd runner up in the on-the-spot painting, while Jasmine Arabella Banhaon, Grade 10, secured the championship cup for PSB in the said competition.
Kyla Dennise Lacson, senior, bagged the championship tilt for Filipino Essay Writing. Janei Aisha Palingcod, Grade 10, was the school’s representative for the English category.
Philippine International School Qatar bested five other participating schools in the event after clinching the overall championship cup for this year. The other participating schools were Palm Crest International School – Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2nd runner up), Philippine School Doha Qatar, Al Andalus International School and Al Majd International School, both in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The annual event is a program of the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) – Middle East and Africa Region chartered under Republic Act No. 646. It coincides with the 2018 MEAR Regional Assembly.
In a program held on November 25, 2018 in celebration of this remarkable victory, the eight school participants thanked their coaches, teachers, administrators and the PSB management for the support throughout the event.
“More than the award, what remained was the friendship we gained from our fellow contestants,” Lacson said, speaking on the collective experiences of her co-participants.
Ms. Melanie S. Cruz, chairman of the OKOR school committee, remarked, “success does not lie in ‘result’ but through our ‘dedication and commitment’ to make it happen.”#