Recognition sought for Dagupan school, Pinay martial artists

By Wilnard Bacelonia

November 8 2022, 3:00 pm

<p>Senator Lito Lapid <em>(File photo)</em></p>

Senator Lito Lapid (File photo)

MANILA – Senator Lito Lapid wants a Senate commendation for Bonuan Boquig National High School (BBNHS) for winning the 2022 World’s Best School Prize for environmental action.

Lapid cited on Tuesday the school’s efforts in partnering with local communities to get more engagements in their advocacy for the environment, equipping them with the necessary knowledge that they can help spread and pass on to the next generation.

Napakagandang hakbang na nakikipagtulungan ang ating mga paaralan sa kanilang mga lokal na komunidad para mas mapaigting pa ang kanilang mga adbokasiya para sa kapaligiran (It is a good step that our schools are collaborating with local communities to strengthen their advocacies for the environment),” Lapid said in a statement.

The lawmaker filed Senate Resolution No. (SRN) 278 recognizing the efforts of BBNHS to restore lost mangroves and reverse the environmental devastation caused by the 2009 Typhoon Ondoy to local communities.

BBNHS was announced the winner of the education award via a live-streamed ceremony last Oct. 14 where they presented the award alongside four other schools which also won awards in different categories. Other finalists include the International School of Zug & Luzern in Switzerland, and the Green School of Bali in Indonesia, along with other competing schools from Argentina, Canada, Columbia, Greece, Malawi, Palestine, and the United Arab Emirates.

Binabati ko ang mga mag-aaral at guro mula sa BBNHS sa inyong prestihiyosong karangalan at pagkilalang natanggap. Ako ay naniniwala na ang inyong kadalubhasaan at makabagong mga kasanayan sa edukasyon ay magsisilbing inspirasyon sa iba pang mga paaralan at guro upang mapabuti pa ang kalidad ng edukasyon (I want to congratulate the students and teachers from BBNHS in your prestigious award and recognition. I believe that your expertise and modern skills in education will be an inspiration to other schools and teachers to improve the quality of education),” Lapid said.

The World’s Best School Prizes is hosted by T4 Education, a global education organization that aims to recognize the excellence and dedication of schools from all over the world.

Meanwhile, Lapid has also filed SRN 277, which seeks to commend two Filipina martial artists for securing gold medals at the recent JJIF Jiu-Jitsu World Championships held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates last week.

Muling ipinakita nina three-time jiu-jitsu world champion Meggie Ochoa, Kimberly Anne Custodio, at ng buong Team Philippines ang kagitingan ng mga Atletang Pinoy. Pinatunayan nila na ang galing ng Atletang Pinoy ay talaga namang pang world-class (Filipino excellence was again showcased by three-time jiu-jitsu world champion Meggie Ochoa, Kimberly Anne Custodio, and the whole Team Philippines. They proved that the mastery of Pinoy athletes is world-class),” he said.

Ochoa and Custodio bagged gold in 48kg and -45kg categories, respectively, of the Women's Adult circuit.

According to Lapid, the Filipina Jiujiteiras who exhibited their mastery of the grappling sport by claiming another gold for the Philippines deserve recognition and commendation from the Philippine Senate.

Ang kanilang pagkapanalo ay patuloy na nagbibigay inspirasyon sa aming lahat sa gobyerno na mas magsumikap para mapataas ang antas ng suporta sa Philippine sports at sa ating mga atleta (Their win continues to give inspiration for all of us in the government to do our best in supporting the Philippine sports and our athletes),” Lapid added.

Ochoa and Custodio were also joined by Jenna Kaila Napolis, Ashley Villaret, Myron Mangubat, Jan Cortez, Brendo Pudan, and Philip Alegre who competed in the women's -52 kg and -45 kg, as well as in the men's minus -62 kg, -69 kg, and -85 kg. (PNA)