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
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.
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.
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 on the USP4GG, visit www.uspgg.org.
By Dr. Celia B. Lamkin
Chairperson, US Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas chapter
(CNMI and Guam)
December 30, 2014
Instituto Cervantes holds a film series on migration issues
The Philippine Star
April 27, 2015
MANILA, Philippines - Instituto Cervantes — in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain, the AECID Filmotheque, and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila — presents "En Tránsito," a film cycle dedicated to a widely featured theme in Spanish and Philippine cinema: immigration.
The cycle will kick off with the film Edna (Ronnie Lazaro, 2014), on April 28, 6 p.m., at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. Edna is Lazaro's take on real and imagined fears of overseas Filipino workers, as characterized by Edna (Irma Adlawan). Staged in three parts, the film attempts to walk the audience from a thrilling arrival to an astonishing departure. The movie will be presented by its director Ronnie Lazaro.
After the opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the film series will continue in Instituto Cervantes. On May 9, at 2 p.m., Edna will be rescreened at Instituto Cervantes.
The following Saturday, May 16, will be the turn for a Spanish documentary, El tren de la memoria, directed by Marta Arribas y Ana Pérez in 2005.
On May 23, at 2 p.m., Instituto Cervantes will present another documentary, Extranjeras (Foreign Women). The film shows the diverse aspects of the lives, hopes and experiences of various immigrant women living in Madrid. A fresh and different look at the social phenomenon of immigration in contemporary Spain.
Directed by Spanish filmmaker Icíar Bollaín in 1999, Flores de otro mundo will conclude the film series on May 30, at 2 p.m. The movie focuses on a group of women who arrive to a small town in the depopulated area of central Spain, where there is a scarcity of single women.
For details, visit www.manila.cervantes.es or www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.
The Philippine Star
April 27, 2015
Filipino Prodigy Law Graduate in Australia at 18
|PRODIGY. Jozef Erece in 2013. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler|
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino prodigy Jozef Erece became one of the youngest recipients of a law degree in the world at just 18 years old.
He graduated last Friday, April 17, from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia "at the age most students leave high school," according to The Chronicle.
"Whether through law, commerce, politics, the academia or otherwise, my humanist aspiration to precipitate empirically positive change will remain a constant," he told the newspaper.
A profile feature – shared with his sister – at the Australian Scholarships Group says "he holds the distinction of being the youngest lawyer to graduate at 18 years in the southern hemisphere."
Aside from this, the Filipino wonder is a Taekwondo black-belter, a semi-professional basketball player, and an orchestra violinist.
Erece's aspirations of becoming a lawyer started when Waikato University School of Law in New Zealand invited him to be the youngest law entrant on record. He entered law school in 2012.
Prior to this, he graduated Dux (valedictorian) at St. Peter’s Catholic School in Cambridge — becoming the first ever student of Asian descent to achieve it in the school’s 75-year history.
At the age of 10, he wrote an essay and sent it to Stanford University. As a result, he was invited to move to the United States to skip high school and enter Stanford.
Within weeks, London’s Oxford University also sent him an invite, this time to take their Maths and Physics program.
Despite these offers, he stayed in Australia to pursue law.
Other fields of interest
Born and raised 5,000 miles away from the Philippines, Jozef never fails to look back to his roots here. Every 5 years, his family comes home to spend time with their relatives.
“There’s this feeling of real love and real connection for me with the Philippines. I may have grown up in New Zealand but my heart stays at home: the Philippines,” Jozef had told Rappler in an exclusive interview back in 2013.
His basketball credentials include captaining the Saint John's College senior team to a regional championship, copping the MVP trophy in the process. He later skippered the Waikato University Under-17 squad.
After that, Jozef brought his wares to Australia, where he first became back-to-back MVP for the Springfield Brumbies in the Ipswich City league before turning heads when he received an invitation to join the Nike All-Australian tour to the United States.
He was the youngest athlete competing at the Greater Brisbane League Gold, a semi-pro level tournament in Australia. He has since been invited to play for the New Zealand National Team and Queensland (AUS) but turned it down to avoid complications when he tried out to play for the Philippines.
Jozef is also 3rd Dan Black belt holder of the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters in Korea. He became a member of New Zealand’s Olympic demonstration team when he was just 9 years old. He later on became an instructor at the Waikato University Taekwondo Club. – With reports from Danielle Nakpil/Rappler.com