Six-man panel of judges for JJLHS Essay Writing contest bared

The organizing Judge Juan Luna High School Alumni Association is proud to announce the six-man panel of judges for the JJLHS Essay Writing Contest for English and Filipino.

Media practitioners who worked in different platforms from print, online and broadcast industries composed the panel of judges for this contest organized by the JJLHS Alumni Association for students enrolled in school year 2021–2022.

Three judges apiece from Filipino and English categories were selected.

Among those chosen to judge in the Filipino category are Joel Orellana, a professor/journalist, veteran scribe Raffy Ayeng, an alumnus of JJLHS and working student JL Sampayo, a free lance host and spoken poetry artist.

Orellana has worked as a sportswriter for various print and online media outlets, including stints with the Business Mirror, the Daily Tribune, and TV5 InterAksyon among others.

An MA degree holder of Philippine Studies at De La Salle University Manila, Orellana also works as a full-time professor, teaching Filipino-related subjects.

Ayeng is a graduate of Class 2000 of JJLHS and is now working for the Daily Tribune, producing stories for the business section.

Prior to his inclusion in the daily broadsheet, he took up Bachelor of Arts in Filipino minor at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines before pursuing a career in journalism where he joined the Manila Times, the oldest newspaper in the country, and worked as segment director and director in ABS-CBN’s Studio 23 and ABS-CBN Sports and Action and directing maritime shows in PTV-4.

The youngest in the group is Sampayo, a graduating student of BA in Communication at STI College Las Piñas.

Sampayo is a free lance host and spoken word poetry artist. He is also currently the president of Sigaw sa Dilim organization, an organization for spoken poetry artists and served as youth correspondent of Youth for Truth Philippines. He is also a TikTok content creator, attracting almost 170,000 followers with 2.2 million likes.

For the English category, the panel of judges are veteran scribe and columnist Rey Joble of the Manila Times, former sportswriter Noli Cruz and blogger and digital marketing strategist Reynaldo Belen.

Like Ayeng, Joble is also an alumnus of JJLHS, who belongs to Class of 1992 and is currently on his second term as president of the JJLHS Alumni Association.

A 23-year veteran sportswriter, Joble writes pieces for his weekly column at the Manila Times, The Link, and also runs his own podcast, The Link Podcast, streamed live via Facebook.

He is also a contributing writer for ABS-CBN News Online’s segment, This Day In PBA History, and also works as researcher/writer for the PBA games coverage in PBA Rush under Cignal TV Channel.

Prior to his present involvements in various media platforms, Joble also worked as senior editor for sports of FOX Sports Philippines under FOX Network Group and also had stints as senior sportswriter for TV5 InterAksyon’s sports section, segment producer for PBA and PBA D-League Games on AKTV and as sportswriter for BusinessWorld, GMA News Online, the Manila Standard and People’s Journal Tonight.

Cruz, on the other hand, is now the managing editor of Divine Wellness, an American publication doing syndicated stories for various websites in the United States.

He also worked as proposal development specialist at Xerox Corporation, desk editor at the Manila Times, assistant sports editor at People’s Journal Tonight and former sportswriter for the Manila Bulletin/Tempo.

Three times, Cruz was included as speaker/judge in the Division of Schools Press Conference (writing competition for elementary and high school students).

Belen is a digital marketing expert, providing insights and strategies for brands and companies. He also runs his own blogs from and

Prior to his current involvement, he used to work for ABS-CBN’s Kumikitang Kabuhayan and Kabuhayang Swak Na Swak.

Students participating in the JJLHS Essay Writing Contest will compete in English and Filipino categories with the following themes:

1. Rise Up! JJLHS (English)

2. Bangon! Hukom Juan Luna (Filipino)

The organizers had also released the criteria for judging and they’re as follows:

Content (50%)

Relevance To The Theme — Significance of the topic being discussed.

Comprehensiveness — A more complete and detailed information given to the topic.

Originality — Uniqueness in its truest sense.

Insights — How the writer looks at the certain topic.

Organization (30%)

Clarity — Write to express, not to impress. Simple, more appropriate words are essential.

Creativity — How the writer can relate the topic to what’s happening everyday in the society.

Unity and Consistency — More than anything else, the writer should stick to the topic.

Mechanics (20%) — Punctuation, period, capitalization, grammar.

Total (100%)

Created in 2010, the JJLHS Alumni Association is the sole governing alumni association of Judge Juan Luna High School.