THE City Government of San Carlos, through the City Tourism Office, organized the first Spoken Poetry Contest in Cebuano participated by five contenders at Rizal Square Public Plaza on Wednesday, June 29.

Tourism Operations Officer Jennifer Saballa-Paran said they came up with the literary competition as something different from the usual events to entice the interests of young residents of San Carlos [spoke poetry].

The activity also aims to inspire them to learn more about San Carlos City since the theme would always be relevant to the locality’s celebration of its Charter Day Anniversary.

Bea Lou Marie P. Jarabe of Barangay 1 emerged as the winner of the contest with her literary piece “Tay, Pa Lechon Ta,” which is a narrative type of poem evoking both educational and entertainment values about the city’s colorful past and present that is deserving of a great celebration.

Jarabe bagged the P10,000 cash prize, while other winners, including John Michael Diacamos of So. Cabagtasan, Barangay Codcod, placed second with his piece “Istorya sa Pagbangon,” which won P7,000.

John Kenneth M. Villar, resident of So. Nabataan, Barangay Rizal with “Abante” received P5,000.

Non-winners received P2,000 each as consolation prize.

Judging the event were Information Officer Eddie Flor Silva Master Teacher II Cris Palmones from Medina Elementary School teacher and Education Program Supervisor Bernard Laguda in Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health while Jennifer Saballa-Paran and John Gibson Cervantes served as a host.

The Spoken Poetry Contest was anchored on this year’s theme: San Carlos @62: Overcoming Adversities in Unity, Growing Transformative Dreams for the Future.