MINESKI Philippines’ Youth Esports Program (YEP) successfully held its back-to-school campaign for the month of October, holding various activities designed to ignite the passion for gaming of students.
A collaboration between Mineski and the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL), YEP is geared towards developing future esports talent in the country through students while promoting the sport as a healthy, responsible, and legitimate extra-curricular activity for the youth.
For its Back to School campaign, done in partnership with Moonton, YEP lined up a series of activities last month, which included weekly tournaments for Mobile Legends, fan art and writing contest.
”We thought of ways to engage our followers and the public through our platform as an organization that aims to promote responsible gaming and to help students take off some heat from academics. Thankfully, our partners at Moonton were kind enough to partner with us with our Back To School program, and over the span of four weeks, we were able to engage our students,” said YEP director Marlon “Lon” Marcelo in a statement.
Emerging as winner for the Mobile Legends was Phebby N Friends from the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), which was composed of users Jerryco, Calitzy, Kidlat, Babi Babs, and Zoroester.
For the fan art, first-place winners for the freehand and digital art categories were Ginki Saga (University of Cebu LM) and Jerwin a.k.a. Noko Gaming (Cebu Normal University) for Week 1; Scott Evans Villahermosa (University of Cebu) and Khaila Diaz (Cavite State University) for Week 2; Seneca Jen Rilloraza (St. Mary’s University) and Lloyd Rosalin (Vinzons Pilot High School) for Week 3; and Chris Joshua Gonio (EARIST) and Jon Lester Lau (Vinzons Pilot High School) for Week 4.
In the writing, the first-place winners in the English and Tagalog categories were Angel Kate Escabillas (Science and Technology Education Center) and Marc Real Roy Rodriguez (Compostela National High School) for Week 1; Christian Balagoza (Bulacan State University) and Frederick Escamillan (Advance Institute of Technology, Inc.) for Week 2; Edgar Dumalaog, Jr. (Caloocan City Science High School) and John Joyd Diano (University of Cebu LM) for Week 3; and Nylson James Villaflor (Cagayan De Oro College), and Jeff Paolo Sabanal (Ateneo de Naga) for Week 4.
YEP’s Back to School program also had talks where professionals from the esports industry and the academe gave students more insight on what happens in competitive esports and how gaming actually helps them stay more focused when it is time to hit the books.
“YEP’s Back to School program is an opportunity for students to display their love and passion for gaming, and we hope to be able to continue this with YEP in the future as the reception, especially the weekly cups, was a resounding success,” said William Mei of Moonton, the publisher of the wildly popular Mobile Legends: Bang Bang game. – Michael Angelo S. Murillo