Essay Contest Honoring OFWs Launched for Pinoy Students

 The US Pinoys for Good Governance-Marianas chapter (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam) has launched an essay contest for high school and college students.

The contest, aimed at increasing the awareness of Filipino students regarding the roles and importance of overseas Filipinos in the future of the Philippines, is open to all Filipino high school and college students who are not more than 25 years old.

Contestants could be in the Philippines or overseas, said Dr. Celia Lamkin, chairperson of the US Pinoys for Good Governance-Marianas chapter.

Submissions start from December 31, 2014 to February 1, 2015. Entries should be submitted by email only at

The theme of the essay is “The Overseas Filipinos and their impact in the Philippines.”

The essay should focus on:

1. The contributions of Overseas Filipinos to the economy of the Philippines. The importance of the participation of overseas Filipinos in the Philippine elections.

2. What are the social risks that the children and families of overseas Filipinos face due to long years of separation or long distance relationships?

3. Why are the overseas Filipinos called to be the  ” new heroes” of the Philippines? Please describe the traits of overseas Filipinos which make them unique as global immigrants and Overseas Filipino Workers ( OFWs).

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 and should be in MS word format.

Prize ranges from P3,000 to P25,000 for the student, and P10,000 for the school/college/university of the first prize winning essays.

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 is available at or it can be requested by email at

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

A panel of judges, selected by the US Pinoys for Good Governance Ad Hoc Committee for Essay Contest on Overseas Filipinos, will make the final decision.

The panel is composed of prominent lawyers, journalists, retired educators and university administrators, consultants, among others.

The awards ceremony will be held during the Third Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora on February 25-27, 2015, at Manila Hotel in Manila, Philippines, where approximately 600 participants from different countries are expected to attend.

(Source: KBK, GMA News)

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