Photo Courtesy Of Arianne Merez
Photo Courtesy Of Arianne Merez.

Benilde secures back-to-back School of the Year award in Student Quill Awards

Following its inaugural "School of the Year" award in 2022, the College has successfully maintained its position by securing the prestigious award once again in the 10th Philippine Student Quill Awards.

By Kobe Balderas | Thursday, 25 January 2024

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde defended its title of “School of the Year” after bringing home a total of 24 distinctions in the 10th Philippine Student Quill Awards, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City. 


The theme for this year’s Quill Awards, "Past Forward," puts a spotlight on the value of remembering the past and its pivotal role in charting our course into the future. It underscores the valuable insights derived from past achievements and challenges, emphasizing the significance of learning from both adversities and triumphs, and how our historical narrative intricately shapes and delineates the contours of our identity.


The event commenced with the announcement of the recipients of the Merit Award and Excellence Award within the Student Quill category. DLS-CSB earned a total of 22 awards, featuring entries from the Student Publications Unit’s two organizations, namely the Benildean Press Corps (BPC), the official student-journalists’ organization of the College, and Ad Astra, the sole organization responsible for producing Benilde’s official yearbook. 


The following awards are Benilde’s winning entries:

Merit Awards

  • AD ASTRA 2023: The Yearbook Launch - Andre Ellard T. Cesar
  • TB23 Print Ad: (Pre Elections) - Kaila Lorainne Rolando
  • NCAA 98 Finals: CSB vs CSJL Photo Album - Cielo Azana
  • Happy T: Tee in Certified DACs - Keisha Margarette R. Jason
  • Portraits of Deviation - Joshua M. Gayuma
  • Shades of Gray: Tales of the City - Gabriel Francisco Gatuslao
  • Behind the curtains of par asocial relationships - Wallace Roland Beltran
  • Get to know the creative processes and experiences of these six local illustrators - Renee Isabella Aguila
  • The Metaverse is here: Virtual reality's leap toward connecting worlds - Anna Marie Laganzon
  • “Reyalidad ng muling paggamit ng baybayin sa kasalukuyang panahon" - Stefani Tacugue
  • Your pronouns matter: Importance of using proper pronouns - Beatrice Monique Mendoza
  • #BisexualAwarenessWeek: The many realities of bisexuality - Renee Isabella Aguila
  • Out of the Reverie - Kian Jasper S. Quintana
  • #WSPD: Three apps to help those in need - Frances Jade Clarito
  • Of pandemics and new normals: How have Benildean scholars coped? - Gabriel Francisco Gatuslao
  • Reading beyond the lines: An analysis of Duterte's rhetoric - Rachelle Anne Tonelada

Excellence Awards

  1. Pride 2022 - Anne Carmina Valmeo
  2. Pinoy Christmas (Dec. 25, 2022) - John Raphael Cadungog
  3. Horizons: Apophenia Submissions Campaign - Danielle Sabine Lim
  4. Horizons: Apophenia - Danielle Sabine Lim
  5. The Benildean: Redacted - Dylan Kirsten Melencion
  6. Woes of the silenced - Hannah Regina Dayan


The College also received the Top Award for Communication Skills for BPC’s official art and design folio, “Horizons: Apophenia.” Additionally, other BPC entries, such as “Horizons: Apophenia Submissions Campaign” and “Woes of the Silenced” were nominated for the same award.


The criteria for each award entail that entries achieving a total average score between 5.25 and 5.74 will be granted a Merit Award, while those attaining a total average score of 5.75 and above will be honored with an Excellence Award. 

DLS-CSB's received the coveted "School of the Year" award after winning 16 Merit Awards and 6 Excellence Awards.


The University of Santo Tomas placed 2nd for School of the Year, followed by Colegio de San Juan de Letran, which earned recognition as the 3rd place runner-up. Lastly, the Philippine High School for the Arts secured the 4th place.


The Philippine Quill Awards, is the country's premier business communication awards program, and has bestowed its seal of approval upon the most reputable organizations and corporations in the country. Both the Philippine Quill and the Philippine Student Quill Awards recognize outstanding communication research, programs, skills, and creative work.