USA Bachelor of Library and Information Science Student Wins in National Sign Language Contest at 89th National Book Week

Reindyl B. Malijan storytelling “Elephant and Friends” in Filipino Sign Language.

Reindyl B. Malijan, a fourth-year student of the Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) Program under the College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Education, emerged victorious in the recently concluded “Reading Through Signing: Filipino Sign Language Contest” held during the 89th National Book Week on November 24-30, 2023.

Selected as the representative for Region 6- Western Visayas, Malijan’s exceptional storytelling using Filipino Sign Language (FSL) captivated the judges and earned him Second Place beating other participants all over the country.

Malijan only learned basic knowledge of sign language—the alphabet—before the contest, and within a mere three days before the submission deadline, he diligently studied and mastered Filipino Sign Language (FSL) after being appointed to represent Region 6 just four days before the competition.

This accomplishment marks a major step forward for Reindyl B. Malijan and the BLIS program, highlighting their dedication to celebrating various ways of storytelling and creating an open and inclusive world of literature.

You can watch his entry here: