CIHS Celebrated the 2019 National Literacy Week


The Congressional Integrated High School (CIHS) of the City Schools Division of Dasmariñas City joined the annual celebration of the National Literacy Week on September 2-6, 2019, with the theme, “Literacy: Transcending Beyond the Classroom Setting”. This is pursuant to the Presidential Proclamation No. 239, s. 1993, entitled “Declaring the Period from September 2 to 8 of Every Year as Literacy Week,” and the UNESCO Proclamation in 1966 to celebrate every September 8 from 1966 onwards the International Literacy Day.

With an advocacy of having an active love for reading, the Principal of CIHS Mrs. Edna Laudato officially commenced the celebration with an opening message that encourages the value and importance of reading in the students’ education making good reading practices a part of daily life. Among the activities participated by the high school’s students and teachers were the Collage Making Contest, Impromptu Speaking Contest, Spoken Word Poetry Competition, Story Retelling, and a three-day Book Fair which was coordinated with Psicom Publishing Company. A Writing Seminar cum Workshop was also conducted on September 6 facilitated by writer Ms. Ma. Ana Theresa Cruzate, who already published eight (8) books under PSICOM Publishing House Inc., to promote literacy in terms of creating stories, develop critical thinking and evolve writing skills for interested future writers.

The successful week-long celebration concluded through awarding of certificates, medals and trophies to the winners of the aforementioned competitions and recognizing the contests’ facilitators and board of judges. Mrs. Irene M. Marcelo, Head Teacher III of the English Department, delivered an inspiring and challenging message while Mrs. Shalimar Flores, Librarian of the Senior High School Department, provided the send-off remarks encouraging students transcend literacy beyond the classroom setting. The event was celebrated aiming to eradicate illiteracy not only in the school setting but also in the community, and to promote literacy amongst students.


The CIHS students and teachers as they listen intently to the opening message of their Principal, Mrs. Edna Laudato.


Grade 9 and 10 students participating in the Collage Making Contest held in September 2, 2019.


The Board of Judges for the Story Retelling, to wit: English Head Teacher III, Mrs. Irene M. Marcelo; English Teacher (G10) Ms. Remedios E. Fabular; and English Teacher (G7) Ms. Jesseth D. Villanueva.


Three (3) out of 19 Grade 11 Senior High students who excellently delivered their speeches for the Impromptu Speaking Contest.


The top three winners of the Spoken Word Poetry Competition.


Congressionalians browse the wattpads made available by Psicom Publishing Company during the three-day Book Fair.


Ms. Ma. Ana Theresa Cruzate during her talk and workshop about the topic “Out of the Box: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone in Writing.”

Mrs. Irene M. Marcelo challenges the audience to enrich their literacy in and out of the classroom setting.


The contests winners of the 2019 National Literacy Week Celebration receiving their medals and certificates.


The CIHS teachers of the English Department as they gather for a Photo Opportunity during the successful conclusion of the National Literacy Week.


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