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5th Ramon Magsaysay student essay competition launched

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (22 June) -- Students in Davao are encouraged to join the 5th Ramon Magsaysay Student Essay Competition (RMSEC) Philippines as organizers launched the event in Davao on Wednesday at SM City.

Sandy dela Cruz, program officer of Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation said that in 2000 Vanessa Ann Remoquillo of the Ateneo de Davao University got the major award for her essay.

Cruz said Remoquillo’s piece entitled “Angela” won the grand prize of the Ramon Magsaysay student essay competition for college. She wrote about Angela Gomes, a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee from Bangladesh.

She said they are expecting more than 1,000 entries this year with the competition on its 7th year with the theme “The Magsaysay Awardee Who Inspires Me The Most: The Magsaysay Greatness of Spirit Lives”.

She said they brought down to Davao the exhibit RMSEC @ SM and the Magsaysay: The People’s President.

The display provides prospective competition participants and the general public useful information on the Magsaysay Awards and past winning essays. The MTPP showcases the late President’s life from childhood to his meteoric rise to the presidency. A film bio, My Guy Redux, travels with the exhibition.

The 5th RMSEC in the Philippines is also a vehicle for remembering the late president this year which is his 100th birth anniversary – he was born on August 31, 1907, as well as the 50th year of his tragic death – he died on March 17, 1957.

Interested parties are asked to visit their website at and essays are submitted through Deadline for registration and submission of entries is August 10, 2007.

Competition prizes include P50,000 each for the grand prize winners and personal computers for eight regional finalists – one high school and one college each from NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Meanwhile Cruz said the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) was organized in 1957 but formal awarding took place in 1958 and strongly supported by the Rockefeller brothers.

To date, she said, they already had 256 awardees all over Asia both group and individual even as she said that 36 awardees were from the Philippines and 44 from India.

India, she said could have a great landscape for people working on social change that is why the number is greater than that of the Philippines. (PIA XI) [top]

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