US Pinoys launch essay contest for Filipino students
US Pinoys launch essay contest for Filipino students
Submissions for the US Pinoys for Good Governance essay contest start from December 31, 2014 and ends on February 1, 2015

The following text is by US Pinoys for Good Governance 

NEW YORK – A US-based Filipino migrant group is launching an essay contest for high school and college students on the role and importance of overseas Filipinos in the future of the Philippines.

Dr Celia B. Lamkin, chairperson of the US Pinoys for Good Governance-Marianas Chapter (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam), announced the contest, which is open to all Filipino students or students of Filipino descent in the Philippines and overseas, from 10 to 25 years old, who are enrolled in high school and college.

In 2012, the Commission on Overseas Filipinos (CFO), headed by Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas under the Office of the President of the Philippines, estimated that approximately 10.5 million Filipinos worked or resided abroad.

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 on the Philippines.”

The essay should focus on the following sub-themes:

What are the contributions of Overseas Filipinos to the economy of the Philippines? Why is it important for the overseas Filipinos to participate in the Philippine elections?

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

Why are the overseas Filipino called 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 have been previously published in print or online or 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 25,000 to 3,000 pesos ($500 to $ 60). The school/college/university of the first prize- winning essays will receive 10,000 pesos ($220) each.

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 or 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.

Download the entry form here 

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. –

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