Calling All College Students

Join the Walong Filipina Essay Writing Contest

Are you confident of your outstanding writing skills, particularly on urgent issues like the deterioration of our environment?  Do you believe that you can write an essay on how art can engage with such issues, and are you confident that essay can win a prize? And that essay has something important to say about how you can help heal the earth? Are you a college student?

Then come and participate in the Walong Filipina 2010 essay writing contest. All you have to do is view the Walong Filipina Exhibit at the Small Gallery of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, now ongoing till November 28.  Admission is free.

After viewing the exhibit, go to the CCP Visual Arts and Museo Division at the 4th Floor to get an entry form.  Entry forms will also be available at the Liongoren Gallery (111 New York Street, Cubao, QC), the UP Art Studies Department (2nd Floor, Faculty Center, UP Diliman, QC), and at the CCP website at

Go home, do some library and online research, request for interviews, if you need to. Think about the question:  What did this exhibit say, and how did the featured environmentalists and artists inform and inspire me to take action, do something for the environment?  The essay will be written individually.  Essays written by more than one author will not be accepted.

Submit an essay, in English, of not more than 1,500 words, Arial 12pt, double-space, and printed on letter-size paper (8½ by 11 inches) or A4 paper.  The essay should be placed in a short folder together with the entry form and proof of enrollment.  The folder should be labeled with the student’s name and school.

Submit entry at the CCP VAMD, 4th Floor, Cultural Center of the Philippines from Tuesdays to Fridays 9:00am-6:00pm.  For inquiries, call CCP Visual Arts at 8323702 or 8321125 locals 1504/1505.  Submission period of walk-in entries will be from November 9-26, 2010.  The deadline on Friday, November 26 at 6:00pm is final and will be strictly observed.

Entries sent by post or door-to-door courier will be accepted as long as they are properly labeled and placed in a folder with the required entry form and proof of enrollment, and should be received by the CCP on or before November 30.  Emailed submissions will not be accepted.

Prizes at stake are: Php10, 000 (first prize); Php5, 000 (second prize); and Php1,000 each for five special citations.  All prizes are tax-free and will be accompanied by certificates of merit.

Walong Filipina honors eight environmentalists: Evelyn Cacha, co-founder of Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN) in Mindoro; University of the Philippines Tacloban Dean Margarita dela Cruz; Sis. Luz Emmanuel of Assumption Antipolo; environmental lawyer Ipat Luna; Judea Millora, a waste management expert; Jurgenne Primavera, renowned advocate of sustainable fish farming and mangrove conservationist; Lydia Robledo, butterfly habitat conservation advocate, and Luz Sabas, 80 years old, who together with her late husband pioneered waste management in the Philippines.

The advocacies of these eight women were portrayed by noted visual artists, whose works will be on show: Egai Talusan Fernandez, Efren Garcellano, Renato Habulan, Rico Palacio, Mario de Rivera, Mark Salvatus, Jojit Solano and PG Zoluaga.

The artists worked on the subjects based on research supplied by UP Arts Studies class under Prof. Flaudette May Datuin.  They are: Ceres Canilao,Hemerson Dimacale, Aleth Gayosa, Romena Luciano, Virna Odiver Mai Saporsantos, Debbie Virata.

The exhibit was launched last March at Liongoren Gallery, Cubao and travelled to Liongoren Gallery Dagupan last May.   Students who have seen the exhibit at these venues may also join the contest.

The announcement of winners will take place on Thursday, December 9 6:00pm at the 3rdFloor CCP Main Gallery.

Walong Filipina@CCP is made possible through a venue grant from CCP to Liongoren Gallery, with support from House of Representatives Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Bok Shoes, Plato Wraps Corp, Unilever Philippines, Mr. Cesar Duque, Dr. Lily Pineda and Ms. Olivia Yao.

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Studes Work for Mother Earth by Lisa Ito:

offering and deity by Aleth Gayosa:



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  1. Pingback: Walong Filipina 2010 at CCP October 14 – November 28, 2010 | WalongFilipina's Blog

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