Manila, July 10 -- Event organizers of the Negros Island-wide Victorias Milling Company (VMC) Art Contest are expecting more contestants from Negros Oriental this year following the endorsement of Governor Roel Degamo and the Department of Education (DepEd).

Event coordinator Mate Espina on Tuesday said they are optimistic that more public elementary and high schools in Negros Oriental will be sending participants to the 7th VMC Art Contest slated in September.

Last year, there was only a handful coming from Negros Oriental even though the province had consistently produced winners in different categories in recent years, she said.

Degamo and Dr. Salustiano Jimenez, regional director of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 7, ha...