Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

Talented essayists honoured once more by the European Union Delegation to the Philippines

07/11/2018 - 02:12
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Talented young essayists from the country were honoured once more by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines. Works of the winners in the "What's EUr story?" essay writing competition were published into a booklet by the EU Delegation.

Today, the booklets were launched by EU Ambassador Franz Jessen and National Artist for Literature F Sionil Jose in a ceremony held today (7 November 2018) in Manila.

Featured writers in "What's EUr story?" are Salem Rangiris Jr, (grand winner), Hannah Joy Ibarra and Joshua Paguia (winners for college and high school categories), Joseph Galaura. Marie Sybil Tropicales, Lorenz Dantes Paison, Patricio Dumlao IV, Brynn Jonsson Julia, Serina Mara Alonzo, Marvin dela Cruz, Rona Parducho, Natazia Grimares and Jason Occidental.

European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen said that the Philippines is a unique melting pot of cultures and that Filipino youth easily embrace new trends, technologies and cultures. Because of these traits, the essayists were able to come up with colourful narratives that reflect both the cultures of both Europeans and Filipinos.

"The power of the written words is enormous", said Ambassador Jessen as he encouraged the essayists to make better use of these words and help in strengthening people-to-people links and in connecting peoples.

Grand winner was 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. In his piece, he interestingly talked about European cuisine and its similarities with Filipino cuisine.

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 associated with the EU whether these be about their travels, impressions, insights about the EU or any of the EU member states. Philstar.com is the media partner of the initiative.

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%).

Featured writers in "What's EUr story?" are Salem Rangiris Jr, (grand winner), Hannah Joy Ibarra and Joshua Paguia (winners for college and high school categories), Joseph Galaura. Marie Sybil Tropicales, Lorenz Dantes Paison, Patricio Dumlao IV, Brynn Jonsson Julia, Serina Mara Alonzo, Marvin dela Cruz, Rona Parducho, Natazia Grimares and Jason Occidental.

European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen said that the Philippines is a unique melting pot of cultures and that Filipino youth easily embrace new trends, technologies and cultures. Because of these traits, the essayists were able to come up with colourful narratives that reflect both the cultures of both Europeans and Filipinos.

"The power of the written words is enormous", said Ambassador Jessen as he encouraged the essayists to make better use of these words and help in strengthening people-to-people links and in connecting peoples.

Grand winner was 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. In his piece, he interestingly talked about European cuisine and its similarities with Filipino cuisine.

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 associated with the EU whether these be about their travels, impressions, insights about the EU or any of the EU member states. Philstar.com is the media partner of the initiative.

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%).

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