SJPS’ The Wooden Cane hauls awards at CPAPS Campus Journalism Contest 2023

November 16, 2023

The Wooden Cane, the official school publication of St. Jude Parish School, Inc. (SJPS), bagged multiple awards at the Campus Journalism Contest 2023, organized by the Cavite Province Association of Private Schools (CPAPS) on October 6, with the theme “From Campus Journalism to Real-World Journalism: Sharing Minds from Schools to Societies."

Following its last competition before the pandemic, The Wooden Cane is back after years of hiatus and attended its first contest this year at the Holy Nazarene Christian School, Tanza, along with over 20 private school participants in Cavite.

The Wooden Cane student journalists showcased their skills in the contest as they penned their way to victory, winning 11 awards in different writing categories.

The publication’s Filipino medium representatives acquired six awards, with Earies John Porcioncula, their editor-in-chief, finishing as champion in Column Writing. Other awards are third place in Editorial Writing, as well as Copy Reading and Headline Writing, fourth place in Science and Health Writing and Sports Writing, and 13th place in Feature Writing.

The English medium, on the other hand, won five awards, placing second in Science and Health Writing, third place in Copy Reading and Headline Writing, ninth place in both Editorial and Sports Writing, and 11th place in Column Writing.

Full list of winners and participants:


• Earies John M. Porcioncula — CHAMPION, Column Writing
• Rhalynn Stephanie S. Tayco — 3RD PLACE, Editorial Writing
• Paul Dhanniel L. Daiz — 3RD PLACE, Copy Reading and Headline Writing
• Prima Margarette P. Julianes — 4TH PLACE, Science and Health Writing
• Jhaness L. Malagar — 4TH PLACE, Sports Writing
• Leila Pauline B. Tan — 13TH PLACE, Feature Writing
• Maria Paz F. Papilirin — News Writing
• Hanz Christian O. Baldeo — Photojournalism
• Sean Axl T. Hitalla — Editorial Cartooning


• Francine Richelle G. Pineda — 2ND PLACE, Science and Health Writing
• Christian Jan B. Villalba — 3RD PLACE, Copy Reading and Headline Writing
• Cyrelle Anne V. Cabilan — 9TH PLACE, Editorial Writing
• Cristine Jane P. Dinglasan — 9TH PLACE, Sports Writing
• Matt Raven Villanueva — 11TH PLACE, Column Writing
• Paola Antonia M. Esposo — News Writing
• Pauleen Gabrielle Mikkel S. Suralta — Feature Writing
• Eizehn Lorhenz C. Limbo — Editorial Cartooning

In an online interview, last October 29, Kendy Cleare Benedicto, Wooden Cane’s assistant adviser, said that because of insufficient time, the students had undergone only three to four days of intensive training before the contest.

“We don’t have enough time to prepare lalo na may mga class, and biglaan lang din naman ang event. Around three to four days lang talaga yung training namin but it’s drill-heavy sa training. Gumagawa sila ng mga article, then we critique it to see what things needed to be revised,” she stated.

Paul Dhanniel Daiz, grade 11, conveyed happiness and gratefulness after winning third place in the Copy Reading and Headline Writing (Filipino) category.

“I really can’t believe it; it’s hard to believe that I got there. My training schedule was only one day, but luckily I still won. I am very thankful to my supportive friends, to the supportive SPA, and, of course, to our school. I have no regrets about participating in that competition. I was happy to represent our school,” he stated in an online interview.

Wooden Cane advisers expressed their pride in the students’ achievement amidst the short preparation. Benedicto said that the contest made her realize all the potential of the campus-journalists and how important it is for them to help these students develop their skills with the support of the school.

In line with this, The Wooden Cane is looking forward to the preparations for other upcoming competitions and the creation of the school paper and online publication this school year.

Written by: Mary Cristel Tan/The Wooden Cane