Digital Painting Contest Winners

THE Commission on Higher Education Region XI (CHEDROXI) held the 2nd Regional Conference on Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Davao Region on August 19, 2021 via Zoom and Facebook Live with the theme “PADYAK! MOVING FORWARD, CLAIMING VICTORY FOR PHILIPPINE HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE ASEAN COMMUNITY.” 

Commissioner Aldrin A. Darilag

The conference is part of the celebration of the commemoration of the 54th Founding Anniversary of ASEAN.  In her opening remarks, Dr. Maricar R. Casquejo, CHEDRO XI Director, established the background, rationale, and the continuity of the current activity to the previous years. “The Commission joined the Philippines Higher Education Sector in building efforts to promote a deeper ASEAN consciousness among Higher Education Institution stakeholders,” Dr. Casquejo stated. 

The conference aims to present the current status of HEIs as regards Internationalization, discuss strategies on how to enhance internationalization programs, share best practices of Internationalization of selected institutions, and promote ASEAN awareness and connectivity of HEIs in the Region.

CHED Commissioner Aldrin Arenas Darilag graced the event as the keynote speaker. In his speech, Commissioner Darilag emphasized the need to support internationalization practices and initiatives. “I reiterate my responsibility in pursuing our vision of one ASEAN – maintaining unity in diversity; and our mission of promoting regional peace and stability for the prosperity and welfare of all,” Darilag said.

2nd Regional Conference participants

The highlights of the conference were the the presentations of the Status of Internationalization of HEIs in Davao Region, Best Practices on Internationalization, Updates and Directions on Internationalization of Higher Education, and the presentation of Entries and Announcement of the winners on the CHED ASEAN-Inspired Digital Painting Contest.

CHEDRO XI Education Supervisor II, Dr. Randy A. Tudy, presented the results of the survey on the status of internationalization of HEIs in Davao Region.  

Ateneo de Davao University and San Pedro College, which were both awardees of the 1st Philippine Higher Education Internationalization Award by the Commission on Higher Education, shared their best practices of Internationalization. 


After the sharing of best practices, responses were given by representatives from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs), and Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEIs). 

The responses came from Dr. Joy M. Sorrosa, president of Davao del Norte State College, Dr. Lyndon F. Devero, president of Samal Island City College, and Engr. Alejandro H. Ballado Jr, vice-president for Academic Affairs, Malayan Colleges of Mindanao. 

Before the end of the conference, CHEDRO XI presented the entries and awarded the winners of the CHED ASEAN-Inspired Digital Painting Contest.  Among the 25 entries, three were given major prices while 10 received consolation prizes.  

The first place was awarded to Mel Zaimen Vallescas from Davao del Norte State College with his entry entitled “Hulagway sa Kalampusan” who received certification of recognition and P10,000.00 in cash. The second placer was Michael Aaron Puzon from Davao del Norte State College with his entry entitled “Hatud” who also received certificate of recognition and P7,000.00 in cash. Third place was Cyril John Amoronio from the Malayan Colleges Mindanao with his entry entitled “Saranggola” who received a certificate and P5,000.00 in cash. Aside from the three winners, 10 other entries received consolation prizes with P2,000.00 each. 


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