Produce a video or a poster honoring your teacher and win prizes for you and the teacher you are paying tribute to.

The Department of Education launched this contest among elementary and high school students nationwide to bring to national consciousness the key role teachers play in society. Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the very first video and poster-making contest is part of the Teachers’ Month celebration this September which will culminate in October 5, the World Teachers’ Day.

“Through this contest, we would like to encourage elementary pupils and high school students to creatively express how much they honor and value their teachers using multi-media,” added Luistro.

The contest theme is “My Teacher, My Hero.” The poster-making contest is open to all elementary pupils while the video-making is for high school students, both public and private schools. Only one entry will be accepted per school. The entry must be original, unpublished, student-produced and recent.

The champion will receive one android phone and one Smart Bro Pre-Paid Plug It while the teacher who is the subject of the tribute will get P3,000 and one Smart Bro Pre-Paid Plug It. The first and second runners-up will get one Talk n Text Panalo Phone and one Smart Bro Pre-Paid Plug It each while the teacher will receive the same set of prizes as their students.

The total running time of the video must not exceed one minute and must be emailed to myteacher_myhero@yahoo.com with the subject My Teacher, My Hero – Video Tribute on or before September 23, 2011, the deadline of submission.

Files must be in a file format that can be uploaded to any one of the popular websites that support video content such as Facebook, You Tube, Vimeo, Megaupload, etc. The contest entries and finalists will be uploaded to www.facebook.com/depedtmc for public viewing and online voting which will run from September 26 until October 2, 2011.

For the poster-making contest, pupils may use oil, water color, acrylic, pastel, pen or ink (except 3- dimensional art materials) on ¼ illustration board. The entry must be sent to the DepEd Center for Students and Co-Curricular Affairs (CSCA) at 119 Ground Floor, Mabini Building DepEd Central Office, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. The awarding for both contests is on October 5, during the World Teachers’ Day celebration.

Further inquiries about the contest may be directed to Joey Pelaez, Executive Director of CSCA at telefax nos. (02)636-3603 or 631-8495. Interested participants may also send a message via www.facebook.com/depedtmc or www.facebook.com/csca.deped.

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