[PARTNER] 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.

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 pawa@pawainc.com by

Deadline:  February 20, 2016, 8:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight Savings time.  

The contest is open to Filipino-Americans, aged 18 - 30, and residents of the U.S.A.  

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 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.

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, its media sponsors and partners , for no extra compensation, to publish my essay if it is selected.” 

Name: ______________________         Date submitted: ____________, 2016
Address: ______________________
Email: ______________________
Telephone: ______________________

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 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. Mabuhay!