This morning, when I opened my email, I received information from the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) and announced the winners of the 5th RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest.
I was just so glad to read another good news that the winner for the First Prize is from Mindanao, particularly from South Cotabato, where I've just attended a recently concluded Google Map Maker Mindanao Summit (watch out for a separate post on this) last April 21, hosted by the Soccsksargen Bloggers, led by the Superstar of General Santos City, kuya Avelmar Manansala.
The following are the declared Winners:
The first place was awarded to JR Lopez Gonzales of South Cotabato with his post entitled "Drawing Mindanao's Portrait of Change" in his blog, Politikalon. The blog features 10 RAFI Triennial Awardees who are from Mindanao. Gonzales is currently teaching at the Mindanao State University (MSU)-Iligan Institute of Technology and serves as editor-in-chief of MSU College of Law-Iligan's school paper.
Winning second place was Warlie Diaz of Guimaras with his blog on “Participatory Research Organization of Communities and Education Towards Struggle for Self-reliance (PROCESS) Foundation”, in his blog site, Seventh Sanctum. PROCESS is one of the outstanding institution finalists in the 1st RAFI Triennial Awards”.
Vernon Go of Cebu bagged the third place with his blog on Glicerio "Nono" P. Lucrecia, an exemplary individual nominee in the 4th RAFI Triennial Awards, in his blog site, Vernon Go.
The winners received Php 25,000, for the 1st Prize; Php 20,000 for the 2nd Prize; and P15,000 for the 3rd Prize. Each winner also received plaques.
Below are the the Theme and the Criteria of the contest;
To promote the inspiring stories and work of recognized grassroots heroes in the Visayas and Mindanao and highlights the RAFI Triennial Awards and its awardees and finalists. Guided by the theme, “Shaping the big picture of change,” entrants were expected to do background research on the lives and works of RAFI Triennial awardees and finalists nearest their area.
The Criteria :
The criteria for judging include 50 percent for content (originality and alignment to the theme and research value) and 50 percent for writing style or composition (including technicalities).
As brief backgrounder, RAFI Triennial Awards is an awards program of RAFI given every three years to recognize the philanthropic, humanitarian, and holistic efforts of individuals and institutions in the Visayas and Mindanao in enhancing the quality of life of the communities they serve. It has just concluded its fifth run and is now open for nominations for the sixth RAFI Triennial Awards.
So what are you waiting for guys and gals, follow your passion in writing and photography, discover your potentials, start blogging now and expose your talent. We might not know that someday, you will be the next winner for this kind of contest.
[Press release statement from RAFI]