Last November 9, 2019, two teams from Ethos Club, Miriam College High School’s speech club, represented the school as they competed in Tagisan 2019, a quiz bee and set of workshops organized by UP Broadcasters’ Guild, which was held in Palma Hall, University of the Philippines - Diliman.
Coached by Mr. Mark Carlo D. Francisco, Team AJM 1, composed of Mary Heather E. Andres, Anissa Christine N. Capili, Angeline Dioi Fiesta, and Zoie Irasusta, placed 4th runner up, joining Pasig City Science High School, Trinity University Asia, and UP Integrated School in the top 5.
Aside from AJM 1, team SMT 1926, comprised of Geraldine Gabrielle Mar Elipse, Nicole Jeanne C. Pararuan, Gail Anne Ulrice L. Paras, and Maia Punzalan, also participated School in the competition, finishing at 10th place out of 27 teams from 13 schools competing.
Tagisan is a yearly set of workshops and a quiz bee revolving around Philippine media dedicated to high school students. Through its activities, the program aims to heighten media awareness of students from various high schools.
This year, Tagisan went with the theme “Likha, Lathala, Laya”, which heavily influenced the event’s four main categories of study: Original Pilipino Music, Street Theatre, Street Art, and Poetry.
According to Anissa Capili, a member of team AJM 1, Tagisan is “a fun and unexpected learning experience”. She considered the workshops as her favorite part of the event as they showed her how the aforementioned arts were able to change the course of history.
“Even during the event proper, it was most thrilling to be working together to try and rack up the most points and think of the correct answer [in the quiz bee]. The addition of stakes also added to the experience,” said Geraldine Elipse, a member of team SMT 1926.
Just like every other competition, the road before the actual event inevitably had some bumps along the way. According to both Capili and Elipse, heavy academic workload and pressuring time constraints were the main struggles they had to face. However, as proven by the results, everything paid off in the end. Alyanna Therese S.J. De Leon