Abilan, Buenavista – For the second year in a row, Caraga Region was declared Champion in Population and Development Quiz (POPQUIZ) during the recent National Festival of Talents at Ilagan City, Isabela, jointly administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM).

Joemarie B. Castones from Caraga Regional Science High School, Surigao City, won the 1st Place, the same school who brought honor to the region in the last year National PopQuiz. Marife C. Curada is the same coach who never get tired in doing researches despite full-time work as classroom teacher.

In an interview, the young POPQUIZ wizard revealed that he felt very well-heeled for winning in one of the significant competitions for population and development. Castones added that the event helped him increased his knowledge on the current issues face by them, the young people.

Meanwhile, Merreny J. More of Antonio C. Dagani Central Elementary School, Cabadbaran City, ranked 2nd in Poster-Making contest in the said festival of talents.

More is thankful for the opportunity to showcase her artistic talent in poster-making; raising awareness by depicting the main issues on the rising incidence of too early pregnancy and encourage her fellow adolescents to become more sexually responsible to have brighter and better future.

Castones and More are consistent honor students of their respective schools. As agent of change, they continuously drive to great achievements by actively engaging into different competitions, academic or non-academic; inspiring their fellow young people to practice positive and responsible sexual behaviors among themselves.

In its continuing and intensified advocacy, POPCOM underlined the significance of the Festival of Talents as one key strategy of the Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) Program, where students challenge one another in the battle for population and development knowledge and information.

The Festival of Talents is an innovative way to reach young people and involve them in the advocacy while showcasing their skills and talents. This is done yearly from school elimination to division and regional level.