(L-R) CPUAAI Pres. Dan Dorillo, Tara Yap (Judge), FOL Chairman Engr. Isagani Jalbuena, Paul Chiongson (Judge), Cyrus Natividad (Photo Contest In-Charge), Peter Jaena (Judge), CPU Communications Director Rev. Francis Neil Jalando-on.
The thrill and excitement did not end after everyone has gone home from the Opening of Festival of Lights and Music at Central last December 2, 2016. For the crowd that spilled over from the big field, it was another annual event — signaling the Christmas season. There were spectacular fireworks that brightened the night sky.
For Perseus B. Gamuza Jr. , he has to look forward for another exciting event. His entry won 1st Place of the CPU-CPUAAI Festival of Lights Photo Contest. Gamuza, a CPU Junior High School student from Pavia town, bested 32 other contestants. He will receive the prize of Five Thousand Pesos cash and the opportunity to have his photo published on the CPU Giant Calendar 2017.
The other winners, Vanessa Joie Rapirap 2nd place, and Mat Autajay 3rd place will receive 3,000 and 1,000 pesos cash, respectively. Rapirap is a Junior High School student of CPU who hails from Arevalo, Iloilo City while Autajay is a Business and Accountancy student of CPU and a resident of Pavia, Iloilo. Their photos will also be published on the CPU Calendar 2017. Judges of the photo contest were photographers Paul Chiongson, Peter Jaena and Tara Yap.
The awarding ceremony will be held at the new Robinson’s Mall in Jaro, Iloilo City tentatively on December 14. The contest is a new addition to the events during the annual Festival of Lights and Music @ Central.
Robinson’s place is a partner of CPU and CPUAAI in this year’s event and expected to be a part of a bigger Festival of Lights Photo Contest next year./Cyrus A. Natividad