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

Graphics: Al Jazeera

Graphics: Al Jazeera

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

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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