DESPITE MISSING LAST YEAR’S Region 1 press conference, Forum, the official student publication of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University – South La Union Campus proved its excellence in the field of campus journalism after garnering 24 awards in group and individual competitions in the recently concluded 17th Regional Higher Education Press Conference (RHEPC) held at Oasis Country Resort, San Fernando, La Union, November 23-25, 2016.
Focus, the group entry of Forum in the Magazine, ranked first in Best in Opinion/Column Page; second in Best in Theme and Best in Feature/Literary Page; third in Best in Page Design and Best in News Page; fourth in Best in Developmental Communication Page; and eight in Best in Cover Design.

The campus publication’s literary folio, Liyab, placed fourth in Best in Literary Content and Best in Theme; fifth in Best in Cover Design and Best in Page Layout.

In the individual contests, Jericho E. Padilla, Forum’s Editor-in-Chief, bagged third place in Sports Writing (English) and Poetry Writing (Filipino). Associate Editor Clariza G. Garcia garnered second place in Feature Writing (Filipino) and fifth place in Column/Opinion Writing (Filipino). Managing Editor Catherine B. Paz won third and ninth spots in News Writing (Filipino) and Developmental Communication Writing (Filipino) respectively. Chief Cartoonist Sean P. Carambias placed fourth in Editorial Cartooning (Filipino).

Additionally, Circulation Manager Jasper Faith A. Abenes clinched the seventh place in Copyreading and Headline Writing (English) and tenth place in Photojournalism (English). Literary Editor Edna Joy B. Sotelo made it to the sixth place in News Writing (English) and tenth place in Copyreading and Headline Writing (Filipino). Vince Arvy M. Gachallan, then Managing Editor and now Opinion Editor, ranked ninth in Sports Writing (Filipino). 

Padilla, Garcia, Paz and Carambias will advance in the 16th Luzonwide Higher Education Press Conference to be held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on February 2017 after being in the top five in their respective contests in the 17th RHEPC.

The RHEPC is an annual competition organized by the Association of Regional Campus Press Advisers, which aims to provide an effective medium in the development and promotion of campus journalism, promote consciousness among campus journalists on the value of responsible expression and appreciation of the many contributions the student publication gives to the institution, community and the nation as well to improve the quality of management and production of campus publications. 

Article by Jericho E. Padilla