Dr. Kabamalan Takes Part in NFOT Tilt

The Ata-Manobo in Barangay Gupitan in Kapalong, Davao del Norte
Dr. Kabamalan (2nd from left) deliberates with fellow judges in the Poster
Making part of the PopDev (Source: NFOT 2018 Facebook page)

Dr. Maria Midea M. Kabamalan was one of four judges in the Skills Exhibition for Population Development (PopDev) portion of the recently concluded National Festival of Talents (NFOT) held in Dumaguete City on February 19-23, 2018.

The four-day event saw junior and senior high school students and secondary level ALS learners from the country’s 18 regions battle it out in competitions which included Technolympics for Technology and Livelihood Education and Technical-Vocational Livelihood, Sining Tanghalan for Music and Arts, National Population Development for Social Studies (Araling Panlipunan, Pambansang Tagisan ng Talino for Filipino, and Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL).

Under the PopDev portion of the event, there were five contested categories, namely, PopDev Debate, Pop Quiz, Essay Writing, Poster Making, and Jingle Writing and Singing. With her three fellow judges including UPPI alumnus Lolito Tacardon, Deputy Executive Director of the Commission on Population, Dr. Anne Lan K. Candelaria of Atenedo de Manila, and Jose Glenn P. Blanco, Visual Artist and Art Teacher, Dr. Kabamalan took part in judging contestants of these five categories for two days.

The theme of the NFOT 2018 is “Pagkilala sa Kulturang Filipino Tungo sa Kapayapaan, Pagkakaisa, at Pagbabago.” In DepEd Memorandum 160 series of 2017, Secretary Leonor Briones stated that the event was aimed at showcasing the participants’ “talents and skills through exhibitions of their products, services and performances”.

Since the DepEd’s inception of the NFOT in 2012, faculty from the UPPI have been regularly invited to judge contestants in its PopDev portion.

The Ata-Manobo in Barangay Gupitan in Kapalong, Davao del Norte
Dr. Kabamalan (8th from left) poses with fellow judges and the contestants for
the PopDev Debate (Source: The Oriental Quarterly Facebook page)