Maasin City, Palo PWDs showcase talents via virtual contest

MAASIN CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA) -- Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) from the local government units (LGUs) of Palo, Leyte and Maasin City in Southern Leyte showcased their talents in an online competition initiated by the Edmund Rice Ministries Inc., in coordination with the local Federation/Organization of Persons with Disabilities.

In a short talk over the phone, Ramil Bandibas, community organizer of the Edmund Rice Ministries Inc. said that the virtual contest through the Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) program competed five categories such as short video presentation, singing, poetry, Tiktok challenge and recycled inclusive handwashing facility installation.

Each category was represented by talented persons with disabilities, he said.

“There were three contestants for the short video concerning issues during this time of COVID pandemic and how they help in addressing it,” he said.

Meanwhile, there were 10 contestants for the singing contest, three (3) for the poetry category, 10 for the Tiktok challenge, and two 92) for the recycled inclusive handwashing facility installation.

The virtual presentation and judging of entries started on November 4 to November 8, 2020, while the awarding of the winners was held on November 10, Bandibas said.

The winners of the said contest are: Singing contest - Edna Catorse (solo) and Melandro Amparo/Ma. Cristina Roda (duet) who are both from Palo, Leyte; Poetry - Rowena Sapequina from Palo; Short Video presentation and the Best Recycled Inclusive Handwashing facility Installation - Michael John Orais from Maasin City; Tiktok challenge - Rowena Obligado, a 44-year-old PWD from Maasin City.

Number of views in Facebook accounts/pages were also part of the criteria for judging.

First to third prize winners went home with cash prizes and some consolation prizes.

“During this COVID-19 pandemic, mental health issues remain inevitable especially to PWDs, and one way to address this concern is something entertaining that can lessen their worries and divert it to an encouraging creativity as part of psychosocial interventions,” Bandibas said. (rgc/ldl/PIA8-Southern Leyte)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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