29 September 2021 - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced the winners of the CSC National Song Writing Contest and Online Photography Contest held during the 121st Philippine Civil Service Anniversary celebration. The virtual awards ceremonies were streamed live on the CSC Facebook Page on 23 and 24 September, respectively.

From 11 regional entries, Donalyn N. Onilongo of the Department of Justice, Rizal emerged as 2nd Runner Up, Jackson Ray S. Sevillo of Iloilo National High School as 1st Runner Up, and Jerome Vincent B. Cruz of Social Security System, Angeles City as Grand Champion. The winners received PHP30,000, PHP40,000 and PHP50,000 respectively. Regional winners also received cash consolation prizes.

The CSC National Song Writing Contest, hosted by the CSC Regional Office IV, was held instead of the Government Choral Competition (GCC), which was temporarily suspended due to the ongoing pandemic. The winning original compositions were assessed on creativity and originality, melody, lyrics, and overall likeability, and will be used as performance pieces on the next GCC.

Contest adjudicators included choral masters/musicians Mr. Arwin Q. Tan, Ms. Mary Katherine Trango-Cabral, and Ms. Cristina Cayabyab.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Online Photography Contest, hosted by the CSC Human Resource Relations Office, aimed to highlight through images the various ways civil servants or lingkod bayani have risen to the challenges brought about by the pandemic. Now on its second run, this year’s theme was Pagtugon ng Lingkod Bayani sa Patuloy na Hamon ng Pandemya.

The CSC received 423 entries nationwide, and 48 photos advanced to the national finals. From these entries, Marianne D. Soriano from Pangasinan National High School bagged 1st prize with her photo “Beyond the Four Corners”, featuring a teacher eagerly facilitating his synchronous online class on a pile of two black boxes as a makeshift table for his laptop and other learning materials outside a classroom where other teachers also conduct their school functions in ensuring the continuity of learning amid the pandemic. Ms. Soriano received PHP15,000.

Evelyn P. Pidut from Muta Elementary School (Region II) came in 2nd place with “Bridging Future Through the New Normal Education”, while Ryan Rogon Poliran from the Department of Education (Region XI) came in 3rd place, receiving PHP12,000 and PHP10,000 respectively.

Contest judges included award-winning photographers and photojournalists, Mr. Fernando Garcia Sepe Jr., Ms. Xyra Cruz Bacani, and Mr. Pablo Beltran.

The Philippine Civil Service Anniversary has always celebrated culture and the arts during September, including major events such as the Government Choral Competition before the pandemic, and the online photo contest which promotes creative expression despite crisis.