Friday, December 23, 2016


A Grade 10 student of the Dagupan City National High School (DCNHS) Special Program in the Arts and Arts and Design Track, LJ Jimenez, won the first Search for “Batang Edades” on December 23 at the city museum for his art work ‘Home Along’.
The search is in honor of the city’s first national artist Victorio C. Edades from Bolosan right on his birthday, December 23, which is being proposed to be declared by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) as Edades Day.

Jimenez won P10,000 cash prize for his art work.
Gem Castillo, also a Grade 10 student of DCNHS. won second place for his painting of Edades while Ivanne Drehx Escobar, a grade nine student of DCNHS, won 3rd place. They both received P7,000 and P5,000, respectively.
Five more students of the school were awarded consolation prizes of P500 each for their art works. They are Winona Bautista, Jon Chris Lim, Rosalyn Gipa, Jannine Vargas and Jimenez.
The students' adviser Emmanuel C. Toledo confided he was confident of the talent of his students and expected them to win but expressed hope that they improve more on their works in painting.
One of the the judges, in the painting contest's "Batang Edades", Nico Ortigoza, 21,
graphic designer of Hinge Inquirer Publications, 
Manila, who exchanges pleasantries
with Dagupan City 
 Mayor Belen Fernandez. 

Jesusa Edades, a second generation of the Edades clan, gave her testimonies on how Victorio lived during the time she was with the national artist for two years in Manila.

The talents of the students in the arts inspired me to give full attention to the developments of their talents that is why we constructed the SPA building for them and the next generation of artists at DCNHS.
Thanks to Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Lourdes Servito, 2016 City Fiesta Executive Chairman Epee Rafanan, Culture and Arts Officer Zenaida Sinlao and Dagupan Hymn composer Rex Catubig for spearheading the event.

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