A UST student won the Metro Manila Spanish declamation contest last month at the Instituto Cervantes, Spain’s cultural embassy in Manila.

Faculty of Arts And Letters (Artlets) Student Council president Manuel Ramon Amanse represented the University and delivered the piece “Invocacion a Rizal” that earned him the gold medal, a trophy, and a cash prize of P2,000.

It was the same piece he delivered when he won first place in the 2001 Spanish declamation contest sponsored by the UST Department of Languages.

Amanse, a Legal Management senior, said he was challenged in competing against “big” schools.

“I’m elated with the fact that I beat University of the Philippines (UP) because we think it had a very strong contender. The long and hard practices were all worth it,” Amanse said.

Artlets Assistant Dean Prof. Josefina Gonzales agreed.

“When you participate with the other ‘big’ schools, where there is probability they may win over UST, it brings much honor when we beat all these other schools,” said Gonzales, who teaches the Spanish language at the Faculty.

Aside from UST and UP, other participants were from Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, College of St. Benilde, and the representative from Instituto Cervantes.

Benilde placed second, followed by UP. Elka Krystle R. Requinta

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