Zambo kid wins in nat’l poster tilt PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 17:37

By Totoy Muñoz

A seven-year-old Zamboangueño emerged as one of the winners in the recentiy concluded 2011 Apoy, Bagyo, Kalamidad: Dibuhong Pambata (ABKD) nationwide poster-making contest conducted by the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center Inc. (CDRC) at the Sining Kamalig, Gateway, Cubao, Quezon City.

With his poster entitled “Mining and the Environment”, Angel Barachiel S. Muñoz, grade two pupil of Baliwasan Central School (BCS), defeated 43 oilier contestants to win the first place on the disaster theme “ Environmental Destruction” and make it as one of the country’s best six entries and finalists in category A (7-9 year old).
Angel Barachiel, who was among the youngest participants in the said contest, was also the sole winner from Mindanao in his category.

In category B (9-12 years old), six other entries were adjudged winners on different disaster topics.
Each of the winners received a cash prize, certificate and gift during the ABKD awarding ceremony held at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Auditorium in Quezon City on October 6, 2011.

Also, their winning artworks will be featured in CDRC’s 2012 disaster preparedness calendar, planner and other advocacy materials.

Mow on its 15th year, the annual ABKD contest aims to provide an opportunity for children to promote disaster preparedness through artworks.

This year’s contest, which was sponsored by the Foundation for Philippine Environment and Diakonie Katastrophenhiife, has attracted more than 500 grade school artists from both public and private schools in the country.

Meanwhile, Daniel D. Muñoz, uncle and trainer of Angel Barachiel, said his nephew, as an artist, gained his first recognition at six in 2010 when he won in a campus on-the-spot poster-making contest.

According to Daniel, earlier this year, the young artist also garnered top honors when he came out champion in the 2011 Nutrition Month on-the-spot poster tilt held at BCS.

From school level derbies, however, the BCS artist made a big leap when he joined the ABKD 2011, which gave his first national award.

Daniel said Angel Barachiel, son of Angelo D. Muñoz, his brother, and Alwina S. Muñoz, was delighted at the success of his debut in a national derby.

The trainer, who has nurtured a lot of talents and produced a lot of winners in various co-curricular competitions, including poster tilts, was also elated over the accomplishment of Angel Barachiel, his latest talent to shine in a national contest.

“I’m glad he joined this grand event and did his best to win,” Daniel said.

“As I explained to him the significance of his achievement, I also encouraged him to continue practicing, developing and sharing his artistic talent, and bringing honor to his family, school, community, city and region for the glory of God,” he added.

With the ABKD win, Angel Barachiel became the latest Zamboangueño artist to be recognized by the CDRC.

Other Zamboangueños who had been honored by the CDRC were Jayson James F. Muñoz and Jhasmin Muñoz Dabasol — his cousins.

Jayson James, as a BCS artist, bagged the major prize for his poster on the subject “Drought” in the 2004 ABKD. in 2005, he also won another award for his entry on “Red Tide / Fish Kill.”

On the other hand, Jhasmin, also from BCS, captured ABKD’s grand prize in 2008 for her artwork on “Fire.”

Both Jayson James and Jhasmin were also trained by their Uncle Daniel.