Philippine President Congratulates Essay Writing Contest Winners

(USP4GG) — Makati City: On Feb. 26, 2013, the awards ceremony for the winners of the essay contest on the West Philippine Sea, which had the theme, "The West Philippine Sea and its Impact on the future of the Philipppines," was held during the Global Summit of the Filipinos in Diaspora at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City, Metro Manila, the Philippines. The ceremony was made possible in part through the support and collaboration of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) chaired by Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas and her staff.

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Seating: Dr. Celia B. Lamkin, US Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas chapter chairperson; Dr. Ruth Rico, Department chair of the Colege of Philosophy and Political Science, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman; Mrs. Ester L.Manaysay, mother of Ferth Vandesteen Manaysay, 1st prize winner College category; Mrs. Joan Tachado, mother of Hentjie Oliver Tachado, 1st prize winner High School Category; Dela Salle College Representative,
Standing from left: Dr. Almira Gilles (judge); Mrs. Estella, mother of Gervie Kay Estella, 2nd prize winner College Category; gervie kay estella; Francois Xavier Bonnet, judge; Atty. Lolita Farmer (judge), Romy Cayabyab (judge), Ferth Vandesteen Manaysay ; Hentjie Oliver Tachado and Krytal Amihan de Leon, 3rd prize winner High School Category