Let me share to all readers of my blog this piece of good news. I recently won 2nd place in the recently concluded 2012 Babae Kapuso Ka ng Bayan essay writing competition. It was organized by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), a group best known for their Go Negosyo initiative.
The contest aims to “promote and encourage conscious awareness of the contributions of Filipino women in the different levels of society, in the different social strata, and in all fields imaginable.” Read their official contest announcement here.
My winning entry is titled Empowering Pinay entrepreneurs as key players in achieving national progress, where I wrote that “limited access to capital and business know-show should never be allowed to be a glass ceiling for Filipina entrepreneurs.” The essay is now published in the PCE Go Negosyo website.
Deofelyn Ocayo and Angelica Jazmin Cabrera won first and third place, respectively. Winning participants received a certificate of recognition, a set of Go Negosyo books, among other items.
The contest was open to all Filipinos, even to those based overseas. Entries were judged based on the following criteria: relevance to the theme, 50 percent; style and grammar, 20 percent; and appeal to intellect and emotion, 30 percent.
An awarding ceremony was originally scheduled last March 2 as part of PCE’s 4th Women Entrepreneurship summit held at the World Trade Center, but the organizers failed to announce the list of winners in time for the event. Nevertheless, I am still very thankful for this award. 🙂
(Photo credits: Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship)