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EBM student wins silver in tour guide contest

Lauren Joy Palabrica (4th from left) receives her award as second place winner of the Tour-Guiding Competition, accompanied by her coach, Teacher Raffy Berina (3rd from left), and E. B. Magalona Municipal Tourism Officer- Designate Ma. Teresa Alvarez (5th from left), at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central Wednesday.* Teatro Laragway photo

A 17-year-old student of E. B. Magalona won second place, out of 18 participants representing various local government units around Negros Occidental, in the province-wide Tour-Guiding Competition held at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central on September 21, as part of the ongoing 22nd Provincial Tourism Week.

Lauren Joy Palabrica, who hails from Barangay 2, and a Grade 11 STEM student of E. B. Magalona National High School (EBMNHS), received P6,000 cash prize, a plaque, and a certificate from the Negros Occidental Tourism Division, organizer of the Provincial Tourism Week.

Palabrica and her coach, Raffy Berina, a Contemporary Arts and English teacher of EBMNHS, also earlier received a cash assistance of P6,000 from the municipal government of E. B. Magalona as their allowance for the competition, said Ma. Teresa Alvarez, designated municipal tourism officer.

Mayor Marvin Malacon congratulated the young winner, saying, “You embody the talent and ideals of the youth of EB Magalona who passionately seek excellence in their craft. May your win inspire our young people to dream big and bring honor to our municipality.”

Palabrica is a member of Teatro Laragway, the theater company of EBMNHS, which also has Berina as adviser. Last year, Teatro Laragway garnered 13 awards in the National Theater Festival for the play, “Can You See My Screen?”

“I was motivated to win not just for myself but also for the people behind this—for Teatro Laragway and for E.B. Magalona. It’s a great honor to represent my hometown,” Palabrica said in a statement.*

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