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PSD Celebrates Victory in 16th OKOR Inter-School Competition

Posted on Monday the 14th of January 2019

By: Xandre Acosta

Philippine School Doha (PSD) places 2nd runner-up in the rigorous 16th Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) competition held last November 16-17 in Manama, Bahrain.

PSD once again achieves victory in the OKOR inter-school competition against 6 exceptional schools coming from different places in the Middle East. All the 6 schools fought with passion and perseverance resulting to a very close fight among the participants. The intense spirit of competition filled the venue in all 3 days of the event, making a very competitive environment for the delegates. This year's fight for victory was a close one, as the computed scores of each school did not vary vastly.

Hence, the results of the competition are as follows. The Philippine International School of Qatar (PISQ) brought home the perpetual trophy having been awarded the champions of this year's contest followed by the Philippine School of Bahrain (PSB) at 1st runner-up. Moreover, PSD placed 2nd runner-up, surpassing the Al Majd International School (AMIS) at 3rd place. All schools put up a great fight for the crown which gave assurance that next year's competition will be a more challenging one.

The first day of the 3-day competition started on September 16 at the Swiss International Palace Hotel, the official venue of the event. The schools all gathered in a hall and witnessed the official opening of the competition. The former director of PNU, gave his message which mainly focused on the youth and how they should build a better future for the Philippines. After the speeches, the delegates then socialized with other schools. The students were grouped according to their area of competition and were given topics to discuss. This portion of the program made the schools feel more comfortable with each other, easing the tension among them. The program then ended with a ceremonial party popper bursting filling the venue with excitement and bliss.

The official competition started during the second day, September 17. This was the day when the essay writers, painters, young Maria Claras, and young Jose Rizals competed. Following in the third and last day of the competition is the Battle of the Brains. The competition was full of heat all throughout, since every student showed the best of their capabilities. The third day then ended with the awarding of the individual prizes of the different contests. Jeshana De Guzman, trained by Mr. Jesus Vega and Ms. Camille Balela, won 3rd runner-up in the on-the-spot painting contest. Xandre Acosta attained 1st runner-up in the on-the-spot Essay writing contest in English. Then, closing the awards of PSD were the awards of the young Maria Clara and young Jose Rizal. Krishna Elaurza, trained by Mrs. Riza Constantino, Ms. Wama Jorbina, and Mr. Lochlan Villacorte, won the best gown and 2nd runner-up in the search for young Maria Clara. Nel Ambaic, trained by Dr. Don John Vallesteros, made history as he proclaimed the best suit award and the Young Jose Rizal champion title once again.

Nevertheless, the PSDians, spearheaded by Dr. Noemi Formaran, arrived home with proud hearts because of all of their achievements. The school may not have gained the overall champion title, but they posed a good fight among the schools.