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Essays On The West Phil. Sea

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Essays On The West Philippine Sea contest is launched by Celia Lamkin, Chairperson of the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) Marianas Chapter, to educate and inform the students of today regarding the issues on the West Philippine Sea (particularly the Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands) with China. Students are encouraged to submit their entries in any of the two (2) categories: High School or College. Your essay should revolve around the theme: "The West Philippine Sea and its impact on the future of the Philippines" and must answer 3 focal questions pertaining to the ownership issues of territories in the West Philippine Sea and how can the youth help in the said matter. You can only submit one (1) entry so write your best essay. Cash prizes at stake are P30,000, P15,000 & P7,000 respectively (High School Category) and P50,000, P25,000 and P12,000 (College Category). Each winner will also receive a certificate of recognition. Not only that. The school/college/university of the First Prize winning essays will each receive a Certificate of Appreciation and a cash prize of P20,000. Consolation prizes of P2,000 will also be given to the non-winners.


Contest Requirements:
  • Open to all local students or of Filipino descent who are studying in the country or overseas
  • Ages 10 to 25 years old, currently enrolled in high school and college
Contest Mechanics:
  1. Log on to Essays on the West Philippine Sea contest website and download the official entry form
  2. Two (2) Categories:
    • High School
    • College
  3. Theme: "The West Philippine Sea and its impact on the future of the Philippines"
  4. Entry Guidelines:
    • Your essay should focus on three (3) things:
      • Sovereignty or ownership issues of territories in the West Philippine Sea contiguous to the Philippines
      • How control of Philippine territories and the valuable marine and energy resources found therein can affect the future of generations of Filipinos
      • How can the youth help defend Philippine sovereignty over our territories and protect the marine and energy resources in the West Philippine Sea?
    • Should be original
    • Must not be previously published in print or online nor in any visual and/or auditory recording
    • Not more than 1,500 typed words in English
  5. Submission Guidelines: Your entry must have the following:
    • Title Page which includes the Name, Date and Place of Birth; Email address if applicable
    • The Essay
    • Official Entry Form
    • Parental Consent, Authorization and Liability Waiver Form (for minor student)
    • Student Consent, Authorization and Liability Waiver Form (for adult student)
    • Signature of the School Principal, College or University President or Dean, address, email address and telephone number to authenticate the student entry
  6. Two (2) ways to submit your entry:
    • Email - Send in your entry to usp4ggessay@yahoo.com with the subject: USP4GG Essay Contest on West Philippine Sea
    • Regular Mail - Send to:
      Liza Soriano 
      Secretariat USP4GG Essay Contest on West Philippine Sea 
      Address: 25 C Luna Gardens, Rockwell Center, 
      Makati City, Philippines 1221
  7. Judging Criteria:
    • 60% Substance
    • 40% Writing style/Composition/Organization
  8. Only one (1) person per entry
  9. A panel of judges, selected by the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) Ad Hoc Committee for Essay Contest on West Philippine Sea, will make the final decision
  10. View complete contest mechanics
Contest Period: December 1, 2012 - February 1, 2013
  • February 15, 2013 - The winning essays will be announced in newspapers and at USP4GG website
  • February 25-27, 2013 - Awarding Ceremony
Contest Prize:
  • High School Category
    • First Prize - P30,000 + Certificate of Recognition
    • Second Prize - P15,000 + Certificate of Recognition
    • Third Prize - P 7,000 + Certificate of Recognition
  • College Category
    • First Prize - P50,000 + Certificate of Recognition
    • Second Prize - P25,000 + Certificate of Recognition
    • Third Prize - P12,000 + Certificate of Recognition
  • Consolation Prizes - Ten (10) participants will EACH receive P2,000
  • School/college/university of the First Prize winning essays - P20,000 + Certificate of Appreciation EACH
Upside
  • Cash prize
  • Online submission
Downside
  • Only one (1) person per entry
For more info, log on to uspgg.org, email celia.lamkin@yahoo.com, or call (632)899 -7938 or (632) 899-7939

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