Risk Ends in Victory

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Stunned by the graceful entrance of Ninna Bonsol and Jefferson Acala through the wooden door of room 104 of the University of Santo Tomas’ St. Raymund’s Building, 3JRN2 students’ babel of voices was silenced. Their Feature Writing professor, Nestor Cuartero, informed the students beforehand, that a press conference was going to be held that afternoon.

Around 20 questions were raised during the press conference, and almost all of them was about Ninna and Jeff’s success in being the grand winner of the Pinoy Henyo Intercollegiate Edition last June 23 of the year. They wittily admitted that they did not prepare for the elimination round, but as soon as they were accepted in the semi-finals round, they started gathering more information and made reviewers for themselves. The competition became tighter as they reached the finals, so the pair seriously trained for the game applying their own strategies and style, which soon resulted to their victory.

Having the dream of winning the first prize in the famous Philippine game show, Pinoy Henyo, in the television network, GMA, Jeff, together with his unplanned partner, Ninna, took the risk of joining in. Out of the 8-pair finalists from different schools, particularly, National College of Business and Arts, University of the East, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Our Lady of Fatima University, Laguna State Polytechnic University, Central Colleges of the Philippines, these laborious and dedicated contestants from University of Santo Tomas won the finals with the record of 7 out of 10 words, while the first runner up got 5 out of 10 words.

Sure it was not just Ninna and Jeff and their respective families who celebrated their éclat, but also their fellow Thomasians and colleagues, Artlets, who morally supported them throughout the game.

One of the energetic 3JRN2 students asked the interviewees of their advantage, if there is any, among the other contestants. In relation to that, another exuberant junior asked if being a Thomasian Artlet had a benefit to their winning. Both agreed to the latter question. “Bilang LM (Legal Management) student, meron. Sa amin kasi, puro memorization,” Ninna said. “Sa amin naman, dahil CA (Communication Arts), so media. And I’m an avid fan of Eat Bulaga.” Jeff added. The winners have had certain advantages among the other competitors, specifically, being an Artlet.

₱400,000 and two MacBook Pros were the prizes that winners have gotten. Aside from personal use, Ninna and Jeff shared that an unspecified amount of the cash will be given to the institution, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, that tutored, reviewed, trained, and supported them all the way to be competitive enough. And they have proven the class of 3JRN2 how keen they are as soon as they made a sample of the actual game in the room. “Barong Tagalog and “Itlog na Pula are just two of the words they correctly guessed in less than half a minute. Evident in the reactions of the students was how truly astonished and thunderstruck they were.

Overwhelmed by the compliments of their colleagues, it was seen in the eyes of Ninna and Jeff how thankful they are for one of their achievements. They humbly exited the room and left smiles in the beautiful faces of everyone.