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Mr Salem A Rangiris, Jr a native resident of Lanao del Sur and a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Mindanao State University was adjudged as the grand winner in the essay writing contest.
Rangiris interestingly talked about European cuisine and its similarities with the Filipino cuisine and talked about the cultures and values among the EU and the Philippines.
Mr Rangiris joined the "open category" meant for professionals. Students Hannah Joy Ibarra from the University of Sto Tomas and Joshua Angelo Paguia from Mabini Colleges were awarded as category winners for college and high school editions.
The What's EUr story essay writing competition was open to Filipino youth aged 16 to 35 years old to encourage them to share their narratives linked to the EU whether these be about their travels, impressions, insights about the EU or any of the EU member states.
The Grand Jurors were EU Ambassador Jessen and Mr F Sionil Jose. Entries were judged on the basis of substance, content, originality, analysis, and adherence to the theme – 65%; logic, organisation and coherence – 20% and style and presentation – 15%.
EU Ambassador Jessen congratulated the winners and praised them for their works, at the same time, encouraged them to read and to write more about the EU so that they can become "ambassadors of goodwill" for both the EU and the Philippines.
The power of the written words is enormous and you make better use of them and help in strengthening people-to-people links and in connecting peoples, said Ambassador Jessen. "The narratives shared by young Filipinos have led to interesting, exciting and colorful narratives".
The works of 13 finalists who were cited would be published in a booklet during the year. The Philstar.com, the online media partner of the essay writing contest will publish the works of the Grand and Category Winners.