Join the 2019 Essay Writing Contest now

Join the 2019 Essay Writing Contest now

Are you a young Filipino American who feels strongly about contributing to the Filipino American community? Do you feel the urgency to convey your ideas to your fellow youth and convince them to start acting now? 

Then this contest is for you.

The Filipino American Press Club of New York is holding an essay-writing contest with the theme “How Filipino American youth can contribute to the FilAm community.”

Application for the essay-writing contest is now open, and will end on November 15, 2019. Winners will be awarded on December 6, 2019, during the traditional Christmas Party of the FAPCNY.

The contest is open to young Filipino Americans who are at least 12 years old and no older than 21 years of age as of November 15.

Contest winners will receive cash prizes.  The First prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize, a certificate of achievement from the FAPCNY. Second Prize will receive a $300 cash prize and, a certificate of recognition from the FAPCNY. Third Prize will receive a $200 cash prize and, a certificate of recognition from the FAPCNY.  

Essays should be written in English and represent contestant’s original work.  Contestants are welcome to write their essay in Filipino and other Philippine languages, but it must be translated into English for submission.

Please read the complete guidelines for the contest below. For inquiries, send email to FAPCNY president, MarivirMontebon at marivirmontebon@gmail.com, and contest chairman Noel Pangilinan at noelpangilinan@gmail.com.

Guidelines

Filipino American Press Club of New York

Essay Writing Contest:

Theme: How Filipino American youth can contribute to the FilAm community

Guidelines

• Submission: Essays should be sent to Noel Pangilinan, chairman of the Filipino American Press Club of New York’s Essay Writing contest.  Each participant can submit one entry for consideration. The youth or his/her/their adult sponsor (see below) can submit the essay. Please send your entries, together with a check for $20 representing entry fee to:

Noel Pangilinan

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop

112 West 27th St.

New York, NY  10001

Make the check payable to FAPCNY. Write “essay writing fee” on the note/memo line.

• Deadline: The 2019 FAPCNY Essay Contest Deadline is November 15, 2019. Entries received after midnight EST on that day will not be considered.

• Length: Essays should be no longer than 800 words. This is a maximum word count; if your response to the prompt can be clearly and powerfully communicated in fewer than 800 words, that is great.

• Eligibility: The contest is open to Filipino, Filipino American youth in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tristate area.  Youth must be at least 12 years and no older than 21 years of age when the Contest closes on November 15, 2019. Previous winners (top 5) from last year are not eligible for this year’s contest. They can, however, join again in 2020.

• Adult Sponsor: Each contestant who is 17 years of age or younger must have a teacher, club advisor, parent, or other adult sponsor. The sponsor will serve as the contact with the Filipino American Press Club of New York (FAPCNY). The sponsor MUST review the contestant’s work prior to submission to ensure that it meets essay guidelines. By entering the sponsor’s information on the submission form, the contestant attests that his/her sponsor has reviewed the essay.

• Language: Essays should be written in English and represent contestant’s original work.  Contestants are welcome to write their essay in Filipino and other Philippine languages, but it must be translated into English for submission.

• Original Work: A teacher/sponsor can provide pre-writing activities and appropriate review, editing, and translation support, but the ideas, content, structure and style of the actual essay MUST come from the youth alone.

• Titling Documents for Submission: To help us organize and manage the significant number of files that are submitted, please use the following guidelines when titling your document prior to submission. Essays that are not saved with this naming format will lose 5 of a total possible 100 points in the review process.

• Name the file “LastnameFirstinitial_Essay2019”. For example, our President, Marivir Montebon’s submission would be titled “MontebonM_Essay2019”.

• Winners: A panel of reviewers selected by the FAPCNY will judge entries and will award one Winner, a Second prize and a Third Prize. Winning essays will be featured on our website, printed or posted in our members’ publications, alongside a brief profile and picture of the respective authors.

• Prizes: The First prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize, a certificate of achievement from the FAPCNY. Second Prize will receive a $300 cash prize and, a certificate of recognition from the FAPCNY. Third Prize will receive a $200 cash prize and, a certificate of recognition from the FAPCNY. The cash prize will come in the form of a check. 

• Entry Fee:  A $20 entry fee is required to join the contest. Please send your entries, together with a check for $20 representing entry fee to:

Noel Pangilinan

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop

112 West 27th St.

New York, NY  10001

Make the check payable to FAPCNY. Write “essay writing fee” on the note/memo line.

• Evaluation Criteria: Each submission is read by at least two reviewers. Essays will be evaluated using the following criteria:

• Focus — The essay effectively addresses the theme of the Contest. The thesis/main message is clear and supported throughout. The essay does not stray from the main message.

• Organization & Structure — The essay is organized and well-structured. Author demonstrates command of grammar, spelling and mechanics.

• Voice/Originality — The essay uses a highly engaging and personal style. The author finds fresh or interesting ways to convey ideas. The author approaches the topic from a unique perspective.

• Evidence of Personal Reflection — The essay demonstrates that the author has genuinely explored the topic/question and how it relates to his or her own life. The essay reflects a depth in reflection.

• Awarding: The prizes will be awarded on December 6, 2019.

• Decisions: All decisions are final and non-appealable.

TO BE FILIPINO-AMERICAN IS TO BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE

By Leouna Feih R. Hidalgo

Editor’s Note: This essay written by 14-year-old Leouna Feih Hidalgo was an entry for the 1st Fil-Am History Month Essay Writing contest launched in October 2018 by the FilAm Press Club of New York.

Feih is currently on her first year at the Cardinal Spellman High School. She graduated from St. Raymond Middle School as a Class Valedictorian 2018.  A well-traveled young leader (been to Europe, Asia, and the Philippines), Feih also has the makings of a visual artist.

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There were always talents hidden in the shadows, the people who were taken over and hidden in history, these people are called Filipinos. I am a Filipino, except I am different.

I am a Filipino- American who has lived in America from birth to where I am now, and I am still partaking an ongoing journey being one. 

Living in a neighborhood where the majority are Hispanic and Italian, there was a minority of Asians, specifically Filipinos. It did not bother me growing up, but there was always a curiosity of what it would be like to live in a Filipino  community. 

I was born with a lighter skin tone than what an average Filipino would look like, so I was always mistaken for being Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Having knowledge of my own ethnicity at a young age, I explained to them that I am a Filipino and that we are made up of thousands of islands, off the southeastern coast of Asia.

Many people think being a Filipino- American means you are completely white-washed into the American culture, but that depends on how you were raised! I am the offspring of my parents who immigrated from the Philippines to America and I was able to experience a lot of Filipino things. 

For example, I was able to learn a fair amount of Tagalog from watching TFC, experienced a boodle fight, and wore an alampay to special occasions.

I am honestly proud to be a Filipino- American because it represents the people who were born from immigrants that came from the Philippines. It also means to be a meaningful sign of being a proud pinoy, despite being apart of a minority. 

I never felt ashamed to tell my friends what Filipino culture was like and how we are not that different from Hispanics! Tagalog has some form of Spanish incorporated into it, and many of our dishes are similar to Hispanic dishes.

It was never hard to fit into the majority, but there were times when people would make fun of me. In those cases, I would always laugh with them and say in my head, “Always be proud of what you are and how unique your own culture is.”

Saying this was always an important thing to me because it kept me from being ashamed of being a Filipino, and it helped me to not push aside my own culture in a majority’s culture. 

Filipino- Americans are given an opportunity to make their future brighter for their parents. To me, that is an amazing goal to fulfill because it makes you strive for a better life that your parents gave you the opportunity for. 

My parents are always telling me to work hard and how lucky I am to be in America, because I have so many things to look forward to. 

Life as a Filipino- American shows the world that we can be big achievers, and we are making a statement living here! 

We do not need publicity to show everyone what Filipinos are, rather, we are representing them all around the globe. I am proud to be a one of the many Filipinos around the world. I am proud to be the child of my parents who immigrated here. Most importantly, I am proud to be PINOY!