Tolentine Star staff attacked Iloilo City for the College Press Conference and Awards (COPRE) journalism contest. We took a three-hour boat trip, as this was the era before the 50-minute fast crafts of today.
Our Tolentine Star, the official student publication of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos bagged several awards as a magazine/newspaper as well as its individual writers.
I remember having bagged the first place for Headline Writing. This was the time before we even heard of desktop publishing so headlines had to be counted by ens and ems (too bad the young writers of today don't have that challenge anymore because this category is now covered under Newswriting, thanks for the input, Rommel Depasucat). This was also the time when we literally had to cut and paste our layouts and we actually had a physical dummy sheet!
Left to right: me as Associate Editor; Rowela Alayon in her second year as Editor-in-Chief; and Gesila Sumcio as Opinion Editor.