30th Anniversary Filipino EDSA/People Power Essay-Writing Contest
February 25, 2016 marks the 30th Anniversary of the historic EDSA/People Power Revolution in which the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, after 14 years of repressive and bloody rule, was overthrown by the united effort of millions of Filipinos. To commemorate this momentous anniversary, the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) and their community partners (ABS-CBN International / TFC, Inquirer.net, and Philippine American Press Club) are sponsoring an Essay Contest with cash and other in-kind prizes.
Results of the Essay Contest.
WINNERS OF THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY FILIPINO EDSA/PEOPLE POWER ESSAY-WRITING CONTEST
February 25, 2016 marked the 30th Anniversary of the historic EDSA/People Power Revolution in which the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos came to an end. To commemorate this momentous anniversary, the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), and their community partners (ABS-CBN International / TFC, Inquirer.net, and Philippine American Press Club) sponsored an Essay Contest with cash and other in-kind prizes.
19 participants, between the ages of 18 and 30, from the West Coast to the East Coast—California (San Francisco, San José, Berkeley, Panorama, Chula Vista, Stockton, Escondido, San Diego, American Canyon), Texas, Virginia, New Jersey, and New York—tackled the theme of “Recapturing the spirit of 1986 People Power Revolution and What It Means to Me as a Filipino-American.” With care and passion, the writers exposed their personal histories, thoughts, and beliefs as they pondered and considered history, and in this case, the EDSA Revolution and its relevance to young Filipino Americans 30 years after the event. The essays, identified only by numbers, were read and scored by seven judges from Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA). The winning essays were determined according to the highest total scores received.
The results were officially announced at the EDSA People Power @30 Reception held at the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco on Thursday, February 25.
First Place: Joshua Severn from Pismo Beach, CA
Second Place: Jon Luigi Abella Caña from Berkeley, CA
Third Place: Joelle Eliza Mercado Lingat from Jersey City, NJ
Honorable Mention went to the next six highest entries after the top three:
Noelle Marie Falcis of Corona, CA
Julius Payawal Fernandez of Pittsburg, CA
Timothy Ignacio of Berkeley, CA
Eugene Alejo of San Francisco, CA
Candace Wong of Springfield, VA
Jonah Grace Malinao of Panorama, CA
PAWA, the EDSA People Power @30 Committee, the Consulate General of the Philippines in San Francisco, and community partners wish to thank all of the contestants who took the time to reflect, write and participate in this essay contest.
Read the essays by Joshua, Jon, and Joelle: Essays 1-3
Photo #1: At the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, 02/25/2016
Photo #2: From right to left: Joshua Severn, Jon Caña
Deadline has been extended to Monday, February 22, 2016.
Submit an original (not previously published) essay in standard English with
Theme: “Recapturing the spirit of 1986 People Power Revolution and What It Means to Me as a Filipino-American.
Length of essay: 700 - 1000 words (not including bibliography, if needed); typed double-spaced, in Arial, Times or Times New Roman font, 12 point size. Please submit in PDF format to email@example.com by
Deadline: February 20, 2016, 8:00 P.M., Pacific Daylight Savings time.
The contest is open to 18-30-year olds claiming Filipino descent and must be a legal resident of the Unites States with a current US address.
The following are excluded from participating in the contest: Philippine Consulate staff, PAWA Board members, the People Power @ 30 Organizing Committee, community partners and their families, and writers with a book credit in Books in Print, up to January 31, 2016.
The contest will be judged by a group composed of PAWA members. Essays will be judged on presentation of ideas, style, clarity and coherence.
Cash prizes: $500 for First Place (ABS-CBN International/TFC award); $200 for second (Inquirer.net award); and $100 for third (Philippine American Press Club award).
In addition, Certificate(s) of Recognition, selected books from the PAWA catalog, and if local residents, comp admission to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The first place winner will also receive one signed copy each of the new (2016) books by authors Myles Garcia and Mila De Guzman, with subjects relative to the event. The winning essay will be read at the Philippine People Power commemorative event at the Consulate General of the Philippines in San Francisco on February 25th.
On February 25, 2016, the results of the contest will be released. The three winners will be notified ahead of time.
Winners grant permission to PAWA, all media sponsors and partners to publish their winning essay.
Please copy the following at the end of your email submission: “By this submission and attaching my printed name hereto, I declare that I am a resident of the United States of America, 18 to 30 years of age, and that the above entry is the original work-product and of my own creation. I also give permission to PAWA and its media sponsors and partners, for no extra compensation, to publish my essay if it is selected.”
Name: ______________________ Date submitted: ____________, 2016
IMPORTANT: Please provide email, telephone number, physical address, and clear photo (JPEG, PDF) of your State ID or Driver License, or current student ID at a college/university.
If the organizers cannot reach the first-place winner after February 19 due to incorrect and unclear contact info, we reserve the right to select and move on to the next winning essay on the list. Thus, please make sure your Contact info are correct and working.
Good luck to all entrants.