Monday, November 19, 2012

Smiles for the World: photo essay contest by Embassy of Chile to Filipino people

To all Pinoy around the globe, you can join this photo essay contest on calidad humana "SMILES for the WORLD".

Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga could be one of the most passionate champions for Filipino character. Last year, the Embassy of Chile, the University of Santo Tomas, and the University of Asia and the Pacific organized and concluded the first calidad humana national narrative essay writing competition entitled “Breaking the Ground: A Life Well Spent”. More than 150 entries were received from students, ages 15 to 30, all over the country. From the 150 entries, a preliminary panel of judges selected 30 entries, which went through final judging in order to select the three (3) essays whose subject persons of the corresponding narrative were deemed most representative of the Filipino strength of character, resiliency, and cheerfulness.

The wealth of good to excellent essays from the first competition has encouraged the organizers to hold a second competition, for school year 2012-2013, Smiles for the World. This time involving photos depicting the Filipino capacity to manage life’s challenges with elegance, cheerfulness, fortitude, and an unmistakable expression of these human qualities in one’s countenance and demeanor. The number of organizers has been expanded to include, joining the Embassy of Chile, UST, and University of Asia and the Pacific,the Embassy of Brazil, University of the Philippines, the Ateneo University, the De La Salle University, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Coca-Cola Philippines, McDonald’s, and The Philippine Star.

Smiles for the World”, whose Spanish origin is, “Sonrisas para el Mundo”, is intended to showcase through the medium of photography and a short essay the delight of the Filipino smile as an expression of such human qualities as friendship, spirit of peace, steadfastness, open-mindedness, nobility of character, gutsiness, cheerfulness, optimism, sporting spirit, fortitude, magnanimity, resilience, endurance, and many others that portray a culture of excellence in the family, in school, at work, in the immediate community, and in society at large.

Cash Awards 
  • US$ 1,000 for 1st place
  • US$ 600 for 2nd place
  • US $ 400 for 3rd place

 For more information about the contest, please visit

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