MANILA - A student from Kalinga Province won the top prize at the first national essay writing competition conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
High school student Angel Joy Orpilla from Tabuk City National High School won with her essay, "Dumanay Meets JICA."
The piece is about a young girl who goes in the mountains to get to school.
With the JICA road project in Cordillera set in place, it made the travel easier for the young girl in the story.
About 170 high school students joined the essay-writing contest.
Other winners awarded include: Luis Antonio Valdez of South Hill School Incorporated, Laguna; Katherine Anne del Rosario of Cavite National Science High School, Maragondon, Cavite; Krystel Iris de Castro of Recto Memorial National High School, Tiaong, Quezon; and Theresa Mae Villanueva of South Hill School Incorporated, Laguna.
Winners received cash awards and certificates from JICA.
The competition is in commemoration of 60 years of Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA).