Smiles for the World photo contest launched

Smiles for the World photo contest launched

by UA&P News Desk on August 29, 2012 - 6:53 pm

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The Embassy of Chile and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) led the launching of a nationwide photo essay contest as a follow-up to the successful “Breaking the Ground” national essay writing competition last year.

Like the precedent writing contest, the photo tilt dubbed “Smiles for the World” has calidad humana for its theme, a Spanish phrase referring to a person’s strength of character.

The contest, launched last August 22, aims to promote a Philippine brand and boost the country’s tourism industry with the help of co-organizers University of Santo Tomas (UST), Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and the Philippine Star.

Ambassadors Roberto Mayorga of Chile and George Ney de Souza of Brazil, both of whom graced the event held at UST, look forward to the opportunity to work more closely with the Department of Tourism through the contest.

“The photo will be accompanied with a message addressed to other countries of the earth, inviting them to a more friendly, peaceful and compassionate world,” Mayorga said.

‘Breaking the Ground’ winners honored

Winners of the essay contest topped by Jan Gabriel Catañeda of the Perpetual Help System DALTA Las Piñas also received their awards during the event. His work focuses on his encounter with a beggar who wrote poems in scraps of paper for his family.

AdMU’s Katrina Monica Chew Gaw placed second, while Camille Pascasio (UST) and Alyssa Alexandra Yap Alfonso from PAREF-Southcrest School in Cebu both won third placed.

Chelsea Angeli del Castillo (UST) also received a special award for her essay’s notation page.

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