Thursday, May 21, 2009

Essay Writing Contest

A friend emailed me earlier and shared to me a very exciting essay writing contest for students. Great prizes are at stake and if i would have qualified I would really be thrilled to take part in this great opportunity. Thus, I'm so excited to share this to all of you and hope you take time to share this with your dear relatives and friends.

Take a peek below for the exact details from my email.

"Local Views on Global Issues: The Role of Trade in the Global Economic Recovery"

Write a 1,500 word essay highlighting the importance of global trade in creating jobs and growth for the world economy.


Given the ongoing global economic crisis, World Trade Week UK seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of keeping markets and trade borders open as a means for the further prosperity of the global economy. The weeklong celebration also aims to highlight the need to shun protectionism and demonstrate that trade is the most direct means to end global poverty.

The World Trade Week is a testament of the UK Government’s commitment in helping rebuild the global economy by championing global trade as the best means in ensuring growth and eradicating poverty.

As part of a wide range of activities of the 1st World Trade Week UK, the British Embassy Manila, together with the Universal Access to Competitiveness and Trade (U-ACT), a non-stock, non-profit, advocacy and research think-tank, primarily focused on issues relating to trade policy making, trade negotiations and agreements and the implementing partner of the UK Government on its trade-related project- the Institutionalization of Multistakeholder Consultation for Stakeholder Trade Negotiations (I-MUST) are inviting all College Students to take part in an essay writing contest with the theme “Local Views on Global Issues: The Role of Trade in the Global Economic Recovery”.


The contest is open to all college students of any course who can discuss in one thousand five hundred words or less the theme "Local Views on Global Issues: The Role of Trade in the Global Economic Recovery". The entries must be able to demonstrate the importance and advantage of maintaining open markets and trade borders for the benefit of the global economy.

All entries must be original in form and should be type-written in essay format in English, complete with bibliographic notes. Entries must use a font style of times new roman, a font size of 12, and have a double-spaced line format.

The essays will be judged by the World Trade Week UK Essay Writing Contest Panel of Judges based on the following criteria:

a. Substance, Content, Originality, Analysis, and Adherence to the Essay Theme – 65%

b. Logic, Organization, and Coherence- 15%

c. Style and Presentation- 20%


Entries, together with valid proof of current enrollment at a University (ID or certificate of enrollment) and contact details (email address and mobile number) must be submitted on or before 1 June 2009 and may be sent through email at with the subject “WTW Essay Entry”.


The Grand Winner of the Essay Writing Contest will receive the Following:

1. PHP 25,000

2. Publication of the winning essay in a National Broadsheet and in the U-ACT’s website

3. Meet His Excellency Peter Beckingham, UK Ambassador to the Philippines

4. Receive a scholarship grant from the U-ACT to the modules being run under the I-MUST Learning Institute

Three (3) other Consolation Winners will be chosen and will receive PHP 5,000 each.


All winners will be notified through SMS or email by 4 June 2009. The awarding ceremony will be held on 8 June 2009. Details for the venue will follow.

For more information about World Trade Week UK, you may access

You may also access the British Embassy’s website at or U-ACT’s website at

Universal Access to Competitiveness and Trade (U-ACT)
3/F ECC Bldg., 355 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. Makati City 1200 Philippines
Telefax: +632.8979605

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Tiny but it seems

Yet valuable than a gem

That is how you are to me

Weird as it may be.

I've tried to fathom your being

And see what I am not seeing

But you're more than what I think you are

And you brought endless happiness by far.

You're the lover I have always long for

So warm, so loving and so thoughtful

You fought for me with all your heart

And seeing you in pain toreme apart.

Everyday my life has more meaning

The joy you brought in me is never ending

You touched my soul beyond its depth

More than anything, you make my life complete. 62903

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Heart y Lunch at Pablo's

I was looking forward to February 13 as Liann, our petite and cute officemate will once again celebrate her natal day.

Later did I know that we will be treated to a hearty lunch at Pablo’s Steaks and Crabs by the birthday girl. I was thrilled. Due to a function at Paseo during that time we were however accommodated at Ranchero Grill instead.

The Menu is mouth-watering...

We feasted on Insalata del Sol, Baby Back Ribs, Rib Eye Steak, Sinigang na Hipon and
Heaven's Dessert which were all so yummy. The service was great as our food attendant was so attentive to all our needs. We went back at the office with our stomach so full and with a happy spirit.

Friday, February 6, 2009

I'm Lost...

Things have been going badly for me lately
Dreams have started to fade slowly
I tried to be strong
but I felt weaker than ever
I tried to be brave
but the pain became even greater.
I'm Lost...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

NDDFG Batch 1998 Reunion

We are who we are after a decade..

It was on March 1998 when we graduated from our beloved alma mater, Notre Dame of Dadiangas for Girls now known as Notre Dame of General Santos City.

And now after a decade we decided it was time to catch up with our long lost buddies some of whom we last saw on our graduation day.

Being one of the officers elected for the alumni, I felt somehow responsible to make this event into a realization. Good thing, my dear friend luzie who came from St. Thomas Aquinas while I came from Mother Francisca class is a Pro in organizing events. She was hands on in the details for the upcoming event and was generously giving her time and effort for its success.

Finally and after months of preparation, the big day came on December 27, 2008, 6pm at The Tent, Orange Bistro. There were about 55 attendees..only 10 came from my class (so sad)! Despite the minor setbacks we had a blast that night. Our stomach was full and we had fun with our shindig.

Was it not for the generous sponsors the event would have not been very successful so our gratitude to them who generously shared with us to make this event a success.

Good friends were once again reunited. It was fun seeing how we have grown after a decade of separation from the institution which practically molded our teenage life. I miss the good old high school days. I miss the fun that we had in the old campus. It was worth traveling down the memory lane and seeing old friends who had once brightened my life.

High School life is the best indeed!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Baguio Escapade...

We left for Baguio City from Manila at 11 in the evening. It was freezing onboard Victory Liner so I took the luxury of sleeping as I was exhausted with the trip from Gensan to Manila and strolling MOA to bid the time for the baguio trip.

With the 7 hours trip from Manila, I only woke up and saw the stop over in Tarlac, other than that I was asleep all the time.

Arriving in Baguio at past 5 am on November 23 with a rainy weather was totally appalling for me. My legs were shaking due to the coldness of the weather and my clothes which to my expectation were already a comfort in the cold weather was unfortunately not enough. Unforeseen events pushed us (me, aca, lrb, te' tiny, te miday, gary, manang emmylou) to change board & lodging reservations thus we were compelled to wait a few hours at Andok's along Session Road to find a better home to stay.

Good thing, the Villa Catalina (i will post more about this) owned by kuya ray and ate cena along Ferguson Road is available for us to stay. A room good for 7 person is just so perfect for us. We were provided with comfort plus they were "bisaya" too thus making us felt closer to home.

Our stay in Baguio was really fun. We were able to stroll in Burnham Park, SM Baguio, The Mansion, Mines View PArk, Strawberry Fields, Lourdes Grotto, PMA, Camp John Hay and the Wagwagan along Maharlika Complex. The Session Road was fun at night. It seems that people walking along Session Road is endless. And finding Beso Beso was a delight that the store personnel had to remind us that its already late and they were about to close for the night.

I never had much walking marathon in my life until that night we were accompanied by kuya ray to go wagwagan along Harrison and Maharlika. However, despite my tired body and sored feet it felt good anyway as the weather was so cool and overwhelming. You rarely get to sweat in Baguio. We left Baguio on the dawn of 27. I felt sad leaving the place as I really have enjoyed the trip. Villa Catalina is awesome plus kuya ray and jerson were so accommodating and Hersheys too is such a sweet welcoming sight.

It was really worth the wait to have this unforgettable trip.