UN Manila launches ‘Textula’ contest

copied from: inquirer.net

The United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Manila, headed by United Nations Resident Coordinator Luiza Carvalho, has launched a “Textula” contest to promote the UN International Year of Small Island Developing States being observed this year.

 The contest, which also coincides with the Philippines’ celebration of National Language Month, is a joint project of UNIC Manila and the Philippine Center of the International Theater Institute (ITI)-Earthsavers/UNESCO DREAM Center, and the Climate Change Commission.

Filipinos of all ages are invited to join this contest by composing a poem in Filipino, following the “Dalit” format. The poem should have four lines. Each line should have eight syllables and should rhyme.

The poem should focus on the plight of Small Island States, which are most vulnerable to climate change catastrophes, and on collective action needed to confront the global challenge of survival.
Entries should be sent to 0917-5000622, or by e-mail, to: unic.manila@unic.org. Attention: Ms. Teresa Debuque, National Information Officer.
Winners will be selected for each week of August. The first prize winner will receive P1500; the second prize, P1000; and three runners-up, P500 each. A grand prize winner will be chosen from the weekly winners and will receive P3000. The winners will be aired on DZRH-Radyo Balintataw, produced by Ramon Magsaysay awardee, Cecile Guidote-Alvarez. The program coordinator is Frank Rivera, dubbed as “Makata sa Cellphone.”
The awarding ceremony will be held on the first week of September in time for the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States to be held on Sept. 3 in Apia, Samoa.
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