RMAF Urges Youth Creativity and Involvement with Essay Contest

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The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) urges the youth to speak up and write their sentiments as the Ramon Magsaysay Youth Essay Competition launched on March 17.

The 10-year essay competition invites young writers and thinkers to exercise their minds and contribute an original piece that answers the call of this year’s theme: “My Favorite Ramon Magsaysay Awardee: Servant Leadership Qualities That Inspire Me“. The competition also hopes to spark a fire of leadership and servitude among the nation’s youth.

The competition has separate categories: Level 1 for 15-18 year olds and Level 2 for 19-24 year olds. Each contestant must choose a Magsaysay awardee of his/or her choice, and reflect on the life and work of the laureate. The young wordsmith must then write a 500-800 piece regarding his/her personal reflections and submit it through the RMEYC online registration and submission portal at http://www.rmaf.org.ph. Each contestant may only submit one original, unpublished piece. The RMAF will accept entries until June 30, 2014.

Winners of the two competition levels will receive prizes at an appropriate awards ceremony and will be able to interact with Magsaysay laureates.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation was created in 1957, the year Philippine president Ramon Magsaysay lost his life in a plane crash. The namesake of the organization was loved by the Filipino people for his simplicity and passion for the common man. The organization started giving out recognitions to people who have boldly made strides towards human development in Asia the following year.

Authors interested in learning more about the Essay Competition can contact Ms. Kiel Fernandez, RMAF Advocacy Officer, at 521-3166 to 75 loc. 189, or email inquiries to rmyec@rmaf.or.ph. Subscribe to the organization’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to learn more updates about the competition.

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