LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The University of the Philippines Subol Society (UPSS) will hold the Padunungan 2020, a series of inter-campus competitions wherein elementary and high school students all over Pangasinan will gather to showcase their academic and artistic prowess, at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here on January 6-7, 2020.
In a statement, the UPSS said that Padunungan comes from the root word “dunong,” meaning wisdom or knowledge.
“The first Padunungan in 1977 was a simple quiz show and originally designed to cultivate the academic wits of the Pangasinense youth. Acknowledging the importance of education inside and outside of the four walls of the classroom, it has now transformed into a multi-competition event that engages Pangasinense pupils’ and students’ rigor in academics and grip in their own Pangasinan culture and heritage,” it said.
Now on its 40th year, Padunungan 2020, which is endorsed by the Department of Education, will continue to cater for the development of the province’s future leaders and artists as it is now a host to variety of competitions such as quiz shows, folk dancing and singing, sabayang pagbigkas, poem recital, essay and poem writing, poster making, and extemporaneous speech.
Nex year, there will be a total of at least 1, 500 students, coaches and visitors who are expected to participate in the event.
The UPSS, founded in 1975, is a non-stock and non-profit duly recognized university-wide organization of Pangasinense students in UP.
For 44 years, the organization has been promoting its general principle of service and excellence through innovative social projects that will benefit the province of Pangasinan and its people in the sectors of education, sports and recreation, environment, youth empowerment, and social services.
UPSS currently has two chapters based in UP Diliman and Baguio campuses, respectively.
Aside from the annual Padunungan, the UPSS also conducts a college entrance test review in different schools in Pangasinan every year; outreach programs assisting marginalized communities; and other socio-civic projects such as educational fora, Alay Lakad assistance and Pangasinan food eating contest.
For 2020, the Padunungan has the theme, “Rekindling the Fire: Establishing the Youth’s Involvement on Social Change and Innovation.”
For more information regarding the Padunungan 2020, interested participants may visit its Facebook page: UP Subol Society.
The deadline for submission of entries for the contests is on November 25, 2019.