Philippine Essay Writing Contest 2016

Share your thoughts on sustainable development and get a chance to win a prize for you and your school, office or organization

Published 12:13 PM, February 25, 2016

Updated 12:15 PM, February 25, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – This year’s Shell Powering Progress Together carries the theme “Collaboration for a Sustainable Future." Leading thinkers and innovators are again invited to examine and explore how the present can transition to a more resilient and sustainable future amidst climate change challenges.

You can participate in the collaboration yourself by joining Shell and Rappler's Powering Progress Together Viewing Party and Essay Writing Contest.

Take part in spreading the importance and awareness on sustainable development by organizing a viewing party for your school or office. Do this by watching the Shell PPT 2016 live stream on Thursday, March 3, 2016, from 9:00am to 1:30pm.

If there was a presentation, theme, topic, or concept that stood out for you while watching the event, share your thoughts by blogging on RapplerX. Your essay should be between 800 to 1,000 words and include a photo of your viewing party. All posts should also be tagged with the words “Shell PPT 2016” on the keywords section and posted on or before March 11, 2016.

The essays submitted will be reviewed by a panel of judges based on the following criteria: Communication (quality of understanding), Content (depth of reflection and analysis of views) and Writing Mechanics (grammar, punctuation, structure).

The writer of the best essay will win P10,000 for himself and another P10,000 for his school or office.

Full mechanics here:

  1. The contest, “Shell Powering Progress Together Asia – Manila 2016 Forum Viewing Party and Writing Contest,” is open to the public. Despite the foregoing, employees, representatives or agents of Rappler and Shell are not eligible to join.
  2. To join, a school, company, or organization must organize a viewing party for the Shell Powering Progress Together Asia – Manila 2016 Forum on Thursday, March 3, 2016, from 9am to 1:30pm. Party is 3 or more individuals. The forum can be viewed on
  3. The viewing party can be for the whole forum or for at least one of the four panel presentations.
  4. School, company, organization, or individual must take a photo of the viewing party as proof.
  5. Write a blog on a presentation, theme, topic, or concept presented in the forum on RapplerX. Essay should be between 800 – 1,000 words. The blog should include a photo of the viewing party.
  6. Tag your blog with “Shell PPT 2016” on the keywords section to qualify in the contest. Deadline of submission is Friday, March 11, 2016.
  7. A board of judges will review entries based on set criteria and determine the winner. Entries that do not comply with specifications will automatically be disqualified.
  8. Criteria for judging are as follows:

    40 points - Communication (quality of understanding)

    40 points - Content (depth of reflection and analysis of views)

    20 points - Writing Mechanics (grammar, punctuation, structure)

  9. Winner will be notified and informed of awarding schedule. Winner will receive P10,000 in cash, net of tax.

  10. The winner’s school, company or organization will also win P10,000 in cash, net of tax. –

Visit to learn more about the global forum and to learn more about the upcoming Manila event.



Ms. Carreon in Taiwan in 2014. Photo courtesy of Ivy Ganadillo.

Ms. Latasha Carreon, a graduate student at the UP Asian Center, received 1st prize in an essay contest, “An Amazing Short Break in Taiwan,” sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines. The contest opened in early September 2016 and the winners were announced on 6 October 2016. 

The essay contest aimed “to encourage more Filipinos to discover the beauty of Taiwan, the closest neighbor of the Philippine in the north, and to promote cultural and mutual understanding between Taiwan and the Philippines.” Participants had to “describe why Taiwan is an ideal and secure place” and explain what impressed them the most about the country. Learn more about the contest.

In her essay, Ms. Carreon, who is majoring in Asian Studies and specializing in China studies, noted that Taiwan is a “melting pot of cultures,” and commented on its transportation infrastructure, cuisine, architecture, and city sights, among others. She observed in particular how some Taiwanese temples betray the influence of Taoism and Buddhism, and how the city’s buildings combined motifs and designs from both Asia and the West. As a first-prize winner, Ms. Carreon will receive a free trip to Taiwan. Also winning first prize was Melissa Bautista. View a complete list of winners.

Ms. Carreon had first visited Taiwan in August 2014, when she and fellow students of the UP Asian Center attended the International Conference on Modern China in Global Contexts, 1600–Present,” which was held from 11 to 13 August 2014 at the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. Read: China Studies Majors of the Asian Center Form Panel in 'Modern China' Conference. 

Apply: MA Programs: Asian Studies | Deadline of Applications: 4 Nov 2016

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. programs in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences.

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