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


Instituto Cervantes holds a film series on migration issues


The Philippine Star
Lifestyle Feature
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.

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The Philippine Star
Lifestyle Feature
April 27, 2015


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