the Department of Education will highlight the value of Gabaldon Schools

Bravo Filipino | In a nationwide competition the Department of Education will highlight the value of Gabaldon Schools | 7th of July, 2021 – The Department of Education (DepEd), under the Office of the Undersecretary for Administration (OUA), will hold the Gabaldon Schoolhouse Contest 2021 to highlight the cultural and historical significance of Gabaldon Schoolhouses.

“These Gabaldon school buildings are historical landmarks where generations of Filipinos first encountered the light of wisdom and knowledge. Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones stated, “We must conserve and even promote these structures as a reflection of our nation’s rich heritage.”

“The contest intends to underline the vital role of Gabaldon Schools in developing the nation’s public education system in support of the Gabaldon School Buildings Conservation Act and DepEd’s own Gabaldon Schoolhouse Conservation Project,” said Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del B. Pascua.

“It also hopes to teach that sense of place and pride in the next generation, and for them to appreciate their time in these old edifices as much as their forefathers did,” he added.

All public primary and secondary schools with existing Gabaldon Heritage School Buildings are eligible to enter.

There are three primary categories in the competition. Entries that emphasize the entire Gabaldon Building and its design will be awarded Best Gabaldon Photos. It’s separated into two categories: Best Oldest Photo and Best Contemporary Photo.

Meanwhile, the Best Gabaldon Write-ups category has sub-categories for Historical Significance, Famous Students/Teachers, and Personal Experience. Write-ups should be formatted in the third person and adhere to typical technical writing conventions.

Finally, the Best Gabaldon Videos will be recognized as part of the competition. Videos should be made in Filipino, although English or any other native language is acceptable as long as there are subtitles in Filipino. The videos should be in 1080p mp4 format and have a duration of 2.5 to 4 minutes, including credits. Documentary, Feature, Portraiture, and Animation are the sub-categories for the video.

On or before July 25, 2021, all entries must be sent through email to and There will be a total of 14 winners, 28 runners-up, and 70 finalists.

On December 21, 2021, the winners will be included in the Gabaldon Coffee Table Book and Gabaldon Full Feature Documentary. Winning entries and finalists will also be featured in displays at the Department of Education’s Central Office and the Baguio Teachers Camp’s (BTC) Gabaldon Museum, where they will be permanently displayed.