Grade 9 Silliman University student Meya Pauline Carlos bested other candidates from Holy Cross High School, Cittadini, St. Paul University, and Asian College on her first Spoken Poetry competition.
The Ten Ouststanding Students of the Philippines Alumni Community (TOSPAC) of Region VII Central Visayas in partnership with the Paulinian Student Government of St. Paul University of Dumaguete held a forum on depression dubbed as “WARRIOR: A FORUM ON BATTLING DEPRESSION” at the SPUD Open Hall on the 31st of July, 2018.
Her poetry, entitled “Happy Birthday, Meya”, tells of a top-notch, straight A-student filled with material blessings only to feel depressed and empty inside but had the audacity to wrestle depression.
Considering the victory as groundwork for discipline, Meya said it was worth the hassle in view of the quarterly examinations this week. “My teacher asked if I were still willing to push through, since it was also exam week,” she added. “But poetry is my passion and giving a message about depression made the fire brighter.”
Meya received high honors last week at the Luce Auditorium for academic performance for Grade 8. She was best in science with high honors in Grade 7 and graduated valedictorian in elementary from St. Francis College.