GEMS tops Pinoy play contest at Jeddah consulate

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Consul General Leo Tito Ausan Jr. joins community members for a souvenir picture. (Photo courtesy of Richard Nicolasora)

Al Dura GEMS International school has topped the “Likhadula” play competition among Filipino schools in Jeddah, which was held Friday at the Philippine Consulate General as part of the annual OFW Month celebration.

GEMS bested three other schools with its entry “NFA Rice,” which dealt with issues surrounding the Philippines’ controversial National Food Authority, an agency created to ensure stable rice supply in the country, but which had been accused of abetting rice smuggling and corruption.

For garnering the Best Play award, the school received a SAR5,000 cash prize plus SAR1,000 worth of vouchers with trophy from Sarawat Superstore.

Durat AI Sharq International School (DASIS) took second place for its “Medalya” (Medal) entry, followed by Bader International School (BIS) for its entry “Ang Mga Sundalo ng Pamilya at Tahanan” (Soldiers of the Family and Home) and the International Philippine School in Jeddah (IPSJ), “Buhay Saudi” (Life in Saudi Arabia).

The three other winners also received cash prizes and vouchers from Sarawat Superstore.

The following awards were likewise given out: Best Director - Ariel S. Javier, “NFA Rice”, GEMS; 2nd Best Director - Alman B. Arabain, “Medalya”, DASIS; Best Actor, Johnron Macapagal, “Medalya”, DASIS; 2nd Best Actor, Hordy C. Mojica, “NFA Rice”, GEMS; Best Actress, Madelaine I. Cruza, “NFA Rice”, GEMS; and 2nd Best Actress, Paola Reyes, “NFA Rice”, GEMS.

“Likhadula” was a one-act play festival featuring original plays written by students, revolving around the central theme, “Ang tunay na bagong bayani ay ang OFW at ang kaniyang mag-anak na hindi natitinag kahit magkalayo (The real novel hero of our time is the overseas Filipino worker and his family that never gives up even though they’re apart).”

In his remarks during Friday’s gathering attended by hundreds of members of the Filipino community in Jeddah and nearby places, Consul General Leo Tito Ausan Jr. said that aside from giving honor to Filipinos overseas, the event also aimed to instill in the minds of Filipino students in Jeddah the important role of overseas Filipinos in nation-building, not only at home but also abroad.

The awards were handed out the next day in a ceremony hosted by Mar Par of Astig OFWCC and Hana Miranda, while the FAME Filipino Artistry Migrants Ensembles provided entertainment.


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 USP4GG Holds Essay Contest on Overseas Filipinos

For the education and increased awareness of Filipino students regarding the roles and importance of Overseas Filipinos in the future of the Philippines, Dr. Celia Lamkin, Chairperson of the US Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas Chapter (CNMI and Guam), has launched an essay contest for Filipino high school and college students in the Philippines.

 Second International Essay Contest on Overseas Filipinos Launched for PHL and Overseas Students

The US Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas chapter (CNMI and Guam) has recently launched its second international essay contest on overseas Filipinos with focus on “The Overseas Filipinos and Their Impact on the Philippines.”


 Essay Contest on Overseas Filipinos Launched

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

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.

Submissions start from December 31, 2014 to February 1, 2015. Entries should be submitted by email only atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 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. 

Attorney Loida Nicolas Lewis, national chairperson of US Pinoys for Good Governance, says, " It is good to listen to what the youth feel about Filipinos Overseas because they themselves may be children of Filipinos who went abroad to seek financial resources to give their family a better future." 

US Pinoys for Good Governance, headed by national chairwoman attorney Loida Nicolas Lewis, president attorney Rodel Rodis and legal counsel/spokesman attorney Ted Laguatan, is a nonprofit organization based in New York, whose mission is a better life for Filipinos everywhere and a better Philippines.

For more information, email Dr. Celia Lamkin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Norman Silvestre atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on the USP4GG, visit

Essay Contest on Overseas Filipinos Rules and Official Entry Form



By Dr. Celia B. Lamkin
Chairperson, US Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas chapter 
(CNMI and Guam) 
December 30, 2014


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