Essay Contest 2013 Philippines Sea

Call for submissions to essay contest on PH territorial claim; deadline is Feb 1

Posted: January 16th, 2013 ˑ Filled under: Politics, Youth ˑ  No Comments

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The U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG)-Marianas chapter has launched an essay contest with the theme, “The West Philippine Sea and its impact on the future of the Philippines.”

The contest is open to all Filipino students in the Philippines or overseas, from 10 to 25 years old, who are enrolled in high school and college.

The contest is for the “education and increased awareness of Filipino students regarding the issues on the West Philippine Sea,” said Celia Lamkin, chairwoman of the USP4GG-Marianas.

She said the essay should focus on:

1. Sovereignty or ownership issues of territories in the West Philippine Sea contiguous to the Philippines.
2. How control of Philippine territories and the valuable marine and energy resources found in the islands can affect the future of generations of Filipinos.
3. How the youth can help defend Philippine sovereignty over its territories and protect the marine and energy resources in the West Philippine Sea

Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2013. Entries may be sent by email to usp4ggessay@yahoo.com.

The cash prizes in the college category are as follows: P50,000 for first place; P25,000, second place; and P12,000, third place.

For the high school category, the prizes are P30,000 for first place; P15,000, second place; and P7,000, third place.

“We encourage contestants to read books, publications and the Internet on various articles regarding the theme,” said Lamkin in a statement.

The essay must be original, in English, typewritten, and must not be more than 1,500 words.

Every student entry must contain the confirmation of the school principal, college/university dean or president that the essay is written by and originated from the student. Signature of the school principal, college or university president or dean, address, email address and telephone number are required to authenticate the student entry.

For essay contest rules, please click here.

The winners will be announced on February 15, 2013. The awards ceremony will be held during the Global Summit of Filipinos in Diaspora on Feb. 25-27, 2013, at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City, Philippines, where approximately 400 participants from different countries are expected to attend.

“I encourage our eligible high school and college students in the Philippines and around the world to participate in this essay contest. Please don’t miss your opportunity to express your thoughts on this very crucial issue,” said Lamkin.

Attorney Loida Nicolas Lewis, USP4GG national chairwoman, said the essay contest “should alert our younger generation on the wealth of the mother country, the Philippines. No Filipino in the future, if this wealth is not squandered or stolen, should be poor.”

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USP4GG chair Loida Nicolas Lewis

“Deadline for submission which is February 1, 2013 is fast approaching. I encourage our eligible high school and college students in the Philippines and around the world to participate in this essay contest. Please don’t miss your opportunity to express your thoughts on this very crucial issue concerning our West Philippine Sea”, US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) Essay Writing Contest Committee chair Dr Celia Lamkin said yesterday.

Dr Lamkin is also the chairperson of the advocacy group’s Marianas Chapter.

The contest is open to all Filipino students or of Filipino descent in the Philippines or overseas, from 10 to 25 years old who are enrolled in high school and college.

“The contest was launched in November last year for the education and increased awareness of Filipino students regarding the issues on the West Philippine Sea (particularly the Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands) with China,” the essay contest chair said.

Submissions started last December 1, 2012 and the deadline is close of business of February 1, 2013.

Contest rules

The theme of the essay is, “The West Philippine Sea and its impact on the future of the Philippines.”

According to the contest rules, the essay should focus on:

1. Sovereignty or ownership issues of territories in the West Philippine Sea contiguous to the Philippines.

2. How control of Philippine territories and the valuable marine and energy resources found therein can affect the future of generations of Filipinos.

3. How can the youth help defend Philippine sovereignty over our territories and protect the marine and energy resources in the West Philippine Sea?

Contestants are encouraged to read books, publications and the Internet on various articles regarding the theme.

The essay must be original. It must not be previously published in print or online nor in any visual and/or auditory recording.

It must be in English and must not be more than 1,500 typed words.

Every student entry must contain the confirmation of the school principal, college/university dean or president that the essay is written by and originated from the student. Signature of the school principal, college or university president or dean, address, email address and telephone number are required to authenticate the student entry.

Only one entry per person will be accepted. The entry form, and information on where to send the entry, are available at the USP4GG website.

A parental consent, authorisation and liability waiver form is required for minor student. Adult students, for their part, must submit a student consent, authorisation and liability waiver form.

A panel of judges, selected by the US Pinoys for Good Governance Ad Hoc Committee for Essay Contest on West Philippine Sea, will make the final decision. The panel is composed of prominent lawyers, doctors, journalists, beauty queen, retired educators and university administrators, among others.

Contest prizes

Prize ranges from 50,000 to 10,000 pesos ($1,200 to $240). In the college category, the prizes are P50,000 for first place; P25,000, second place; and P12,000, third place.

For the high school category, the prizes are P30,000 for first place; P15,000, second place; and P7,000, third place.

There will be 10 consolation prizes of P2,000 each. The school/college/university of the first prize winning essays will receive a certificate and 20,000 pesos ($480) each.

Contest results and awarding

The winners will be announced on February 15, 2013.

Dr Lamkin said that the contest results will also be announced on the homepages of www.emanila.com and the USP4GG websites.

The awards ceremony will be held during the Global Summit of Filipinos in Diaspora on Feb. 25-27, 2013, at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City, Philippines.

Lawyer Loida Nicolas Lewis, USP4GG national chairperson, says, “This essay contest should alert our younger generation on the wealth of the mother country, the Philippines. No Filipino in the future, if this wealth is not squandered or stolen, should be poor.”

*** For complete details of essay contest rules, please visit the USP4GG website.

Ed’s Notes: US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organisation based in New York. Its mission is “a better life for Filipinos everywhere and a better Philippines”. It is headed by national chairwoman attorney Loida Nicolas Lewis, president attorney Rodel Rodis and legal counsel/spokesman attorney Ted Laguatan.

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