By: Dave Andonaque
Correspondent, Publications & Information Office  
     Embodying the culture of excellence, Northern Iloilo State University-Main Campus delegations hoisted high the banner of the institution as they reaped awards during the 2022 College Press Conference and Awards (COPRE) held at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel on 21 December 2022.
     The university was able to send 15 participants for the said contest, who were selected from the official student publication - The Astrals.
     Among the winners of the news writing category were Romar Rodriguez (3rd Place in News Writing English) and Hayl Jezreel Bandojo (3rd Place in Pagsulat ng Balita).
     "It was a surprise win knowing that we are competing against top-tier journalists in the region. However, with constant practice and dedication to your passion, especially your discipline and character, you will find unexpected yet remarkable success. And I am immensely grateful to the NISU community for giving us this opportunity to showcase our journalistic skills at the regional level," said Rodriguez.
     In addition, Bandojo shared that even if they lack preparation, they were able to give their best to put the NISU's name on the podium.
     Meanwhile, an unexpected win happened for the third-year BS Biology student, Carl Geomari Linobo, as he emerged as the champion in the Editorial Writing English category.
Although editorial writing is not his forte, Linobo was able to prove that he's versatile in the different writing categories.
     On the other hand, Cyril Jhay De Angel managed to secure 5th place in Photojournalism English amidst the lack of resources during the contest.
     In an interview, De Angel expressed that he was a bit anxious because there were a lot of entries from the different participating schools. However, it didn't hinder his passion for journalism. He added that the pressure was his driving force to produce quality output.
     Dr. Kaye C. Jardenil, OIC-Director of Publications and Information Office, expressed that despite the lack of preparation and time considering the various activities, with the innate passion coupled with the enhanced skills of the NISU journalists and with the strong support of the administration, it had boosted the inspiration of student representatives, which had made them more persistent to win.