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Philippine Retirement Authority Essay Writing Competition for High School and College Students

Grand Prize Winner will receive PHP 50,000.00 + Plaque of Recognition; Second Prize Winner will receive PHP 30,000.00 + Plaque of Recognition; Third Prize Winner will receive PHP 20,000.00. + Plaque of Recognition. Five (5) Honorable Mention Awardees will receive PHP 5,000.00 each. New deadline is September 30, 2011.


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    Philippine Retirement Authority

    The Philippine Retirement Authority is launching an Essay Writing Competition on the theme “Dear Foreign Retiree, Why you should retire in my town”. It is open to all public and private students in high school and college levels who are currently enrolled for SY2011-2012.

    ETA: The names of the contest winners are available here.

    The student must submit, along with his/her entry, a scanned copy of his/her Student ID and an endorsement letter from the school principal/headmaster or their duly appointed representative. Each student may submit only one (1) entry.

    All essays must be written in English, with a minimum of 1,500 words and a maximum of 2,000 words. There must have a separate summary of no more than 250 words. The summary will be used by the jury to make a pre-selection.

    All entries must be typewritten, double-spaced on regular sized (8 1⁄2 x 11 inches) bond paper using MS Word. Font size shall be 12, Times New Roman, with 1 inch margins top and bottom, and 1 inch margins left and right, and with page number indicated on the lower right case.

    All submissions must be original. No previously published material will be accepted. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.

    Quotes and references must be clearly marked throughout the essay and properly cited. Each entry submitted must be the work of one person only and not a collective work.

    All entries must be placed in a sealed letter-envelope addressed and sent via traditional mail, courier, or personally delivered accompanied by:

    • A soft copy in PDF file format (in a diskette or CD)
    • An endorsement letter from the school/university
    • A photocopy of a valid school ID addressed to:

    Essay Writing Competition Committee
    c/o Mervin A. Magbuhat Philippine Retirement Authority 29F Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo de Roxas
    Makati City 1220

    Entries may also be submitted as an attachment emailed to in PDF file format only accompanied by:

    • A scanned copy of the endorsement letter from the school/university
    • A scanned copy of a valid school ID

    Entries may be accepted starting 1 July 2011. Deadline for submission is 30 July 2011 30 September 2011. PRA reserves the right to extend the deadline. Such extension will be publicly announced.

    All submissions will be deemed as the Authority’s property upon receipt of entry. Selected entries will be made available online via the PRA official website after the announcement.

    Grand Prize Winner will receive PHP 50,000.00 + Plaque of Recognition; Second Prize Winner will receive PHP 30,000.00 + Plaque of Recognition; Third Prize Winner will receive PHP 20,000.00. + Plaque of Recognition.
    Five (5) Honorable Mention Awardees will receive PHP 5,000.00 each.

    The schools and universities will also receive cash prizes and plaques of recognition.

    All monetary prizes are subject to 20% withholding tax.

    For more information, go to

    ETA: According to the revised guidelines, the deadline for submissions is now September 30, 2011.



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    175 Responses to “Philippine Retirement Authority Essay Writing Competition for High School and College Students”

    1. kristina 11 July 2011 at 3:34 pm #

      hi.what is a soft copy in PDF FILE format?why is it required?or can i join through email?how?hoping for ur answer..ty

    2. cherryl v.talagtag 23 July 2011 at 4:43 pm #

      hello!from whom can i get the endorsement letter from my school?can i submit a scanned copy of my old school id since my new id is still in process?this is because our school is in transition period.i am hoping for your response.thank you very much.

    3. jasmine pama 29 July 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      wen is the exact deadline???july 30 or september15??

      • tania 4 August 2011 at 2:13 am #

        Hi Jasmine. Apparently they moved the deadline to September 15. You can still join! Good luck πŸ™‚

    4. nep galvan 1 August 2011 at 1:38 pm #

      How can we do it in PDF format? is MS Word would do better when we’ll transfer it to CD?

    5. Jestone Palate 4 August 2011 at 12:04 am #

      is it still available? tapos na po ba deadline nito?

      • tania 4 August 2011 at 2:14 am #

        Jestone, September 15 na daw ang deadline. Good luck!

    6. Miah 10 August 2011 at 6:50 pm #

      i really wanted to join but i cant understand the theme…

      • yny 19 August 2011 at 6:29 pm #

        me too. but I’m trying to understand. πŸ™‚

    7. Kevin 13 August 2011 at 7:35 am #

      Hi! I would just like to ask you a question. What is the theme really about? is it for the town itself or for the promotion of the Philippine Tourism? I hope you can answer my question immediately for I do have only several days remaining to join the contest. Thank You!

      • tania 13 August 2011 at 10:05 am #

        I hope you can see that we’ve been advising everyone with questions about the contest to email these questions to as EdgeWise.PH is not affiliated with the PRA and therefore not qualified to answer your inquiries. Thank you!

    8. jaymar 30 August 2011 at 9:48 am #

      I’m finished

    9. Jan Alexis Suarez 8 September 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      Im done! Editing nlang.. abot pa po db?
      Good day! More Power!

    10. Jan Alexis Suarez 8 September 2011 at 8:34 pm #

      Follow up po! pag-inopen po yung ang lumalabas po ba talaga ay SIGN IN with your GOOGLE ACCOUNT?
      Pag-sign dun po ba iAattach yung file, then send?
      Tama po ba ang prosesong ito?
      I need immediate answer po? Thank you!

      • Levy 15 September 2011 at 2:24 pm #

        I used my yahoo email account to send my entry.

        • Jan Alexis Suarez 16 September 2011 at 10:09 am #

          Miss Levy grabe di ko nsend kgbe.. ntagalan ako kung san sesend.. hopefully may consideration ang committee this day. Thank you for that!

    11. khrisbelle detera 14 September 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      after the said date of submission, when will you announce po the winners?thanks po!

      • Editor Tania 15 September 2011 at 1:53 pm #

        You should check the PRA website for the winners, Krisbelle πŸ™‚ Good luck!

        • khrisbelle detera 15 September 2011 at 6:20 pm #

          thanks po ate!

          • khrisbelle detera 17 September 2011 at 8:42 am #

            where will you announce the winners po?
            thanks po!

            • Editor Tania 20 September 2011 at 5:19 pm #

              Hi Khrisbelle. If you read the article, you’ll see that this contest is run by the PRA, not EdgeWise.PH. Please send all your inquiries to them. Thank you.

        • Jayson 27 October 2011 at 5:46 pm #

          wr cn i find the wiNners po??ty

    12. Levy 15 September 2011 at 2:22 pm #

      I just submitted mine. Good luck everyone! I hope we all win.

    13. ian addatu 15 September 2011 at 2:35 pm #

      wala na po bang karagdagang araw kung kailan isusubmit kasi nakulangan ako ng time.

    14. ian addatu 15 September 2011 at 2:38 pm #

      i heard lately about this composition and it is very hard to think this time

      • Levy 15 September 2011 at 4:07 pm #

        I hope you can still finish yours. We have until today so give it your best shot. I didn’t sleep for 2 days just for this one and it was worth it. I don’t care if I don’t win. What’s important is that I was able to write a masterpiece (subjective) and that I was able to know more about my town.

    15. Levy 15 September 2011 at 4:00 pm #

      I also just saw the post for this one in our Humanities building last Tuesday Sept 13. Research would take some time but don’t be too hard on yourself. Sometimes you need to take it lightly for the words to come out smoothly.

    16. sophie_pride of earvhs 15 September 2011 at 6:52 pm #

      whoooooh!!!!done!!!at last!!!! ^_^ hope i win!!!!!

    17. elaine cleo socorro 16 September 2011 at 8:40 am #

      good day! i was just wondering if i was able to send my entry yesterday.

    18. Jan Alexis Suarez 16 September 2011 at 10:04 am #

      Pde pa po magsubmit ngayon? so haggard.. hehe! hope for a kind consideration..

    19. elaine cleo socorro 17 September 2011 at 6:55 pm #

      good day! i’d like to extend my thanks to the PRA for still accepting my entry. . . i was really nervous because i thought i didn’t made it . . . thank God! i really don’t care if i don’t win. . . all i care about is that i wrote something great . . . to all my fellow participants . . . wish us luck! hope that this would be a friendly competition among us. . .

      • Jennifer Mendoza 19 September 2011 at 6:57 am #

        kailan po nila post ang mga nanalo?

        • Levy 19 September 2011 at 3:16 pm #

          I’ve been waiting for that one too. Actually it does matter a lot to me now. Now that that would be the only way for me to finance my 2nd semester enrollment.

          • Jennifer Mendoza 19 September 2011 at 7:59 pm #

            same here. actually, if i’ll won, i’m going to give my prize to my tita who sent me to school. well, good luck sa atin. πŸ™‚ pray nlng . πŸ™‚

    20. jeremias 20 September 2011 at 4:17 pm #

      when will be the announcement of winners?

      • Editor Tania 20 September 2011 at 5:20 pm #

        Hi Jeremias. If you read the article, you’ll see that this contest is run by the PRA, not EdgeWise.PH. Please send all your inquiries to them. Thank you.

    21. Elaine Cleo Socorro 21 September 2011 at 6:32 pm #

      good day ! i just want to ask,when po ninyo ipost ang winners?

      • Jennifer Mendoza 24 September 2011 at 3:43 pm #

        i’m waiting too.. πŸ™ i really need money for my schooling.. sana i announce na nila. pray. pray. pray..

        • Levy 25 September 2011 at 9:07 am #

          Take a look at the website. Due date was moved to the 30th this month and Awarding is still on the 7th next month. So hopefully winners will be announced days before the awarding for the benefit of those coming from the provinces as it will be in Makati; i.e. if due date is final.

          Good luck to all of us.

          • Jennifer Mendoza 25 September 2011 at 2:20 pm #

            really? i had submitted mine.. can i still change it? i have to ask my school for an endorsement.. thank you, levy. u’re really a good help. πŸ™‚ i hope i could meet you in person, too.

            • Elaine Cleo Socorro 26 September 2011 at 7:33 pm #

              hey guys! i’ve read your messages . . . i definitely feel your all such good people . . . hope to make friends with all of you . . . sana maka place tayo . . . wish us all luck ! hope to see you personally one of these days . . .

    22. Ellaine Dimla 23 September 2011 at 11:16 pm #

      when and where will be the announcement of winners?thanks!

    23. Levy 26 September 2011 at 9:07 am #

      that’s my initial reaction too after proofreading mine. but that’s it. they already confirmed my entry was final (once submitted) so let’s just cross our fingers. btw, i’m in northern luzon, from a CICM university. Good luck to us.

    24. Romano 26 September 2011 at 9:21 am #

      Hopefully they will not extend the deadline of submission anymore. It’s so embarrassing to wait.
      Good luck to us.

    25. Romano 26 September 2011 at 9:25 am #

      But it’s a fortune to those who have not submitted yet. You still have time.
      Good luck.!

      • Levy 26 September 2011 at 6:13 pm #

        True indeed. More time for them for editing and stuff while we hastily did ours.

        If only I could turn back time
        If only I had said what I still hide
        If only I could turn back time
        I would stay for the night. For the night…


    26. Jessica Nuqui 26 September 2011 at 5:08 pm #

      GOODLUCK TO ALL OF US. πŸ™‚ Just pray, it works. :*

    27. Romano 27 September 2011 at 4:13 pm #

      Wow Levy. Poetic huh.!.
      Well I also feel poetry is a life for me.
      I am not good though.

      Hoping we’ll all win..:)

    28. mayor 27 September 2011 at 10:04 pm #

      hello po! good day! kailan po ba talaga ang announcement of winners?

      • mayor 27 September 2011 at 10:06 pm #

        sana manalo ang ilan sa atin!!!!! i hope me too will win….. good luck sa lahat…..

        • lei 31 October 2011 at 6:02 pm #

          yes!when will be the announcement for winners.tnx

    29. Levy 28 September 2011 at 1:38 pm #

      It’s a song dude. Aqua! hehe

    30. Romano 28 September 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      Oh I see..
      hehe πŸ™‚

    31. Editor Tania 29 September 2011 at 2:04 am #

      Hi everyone! Don’t forget, there’s another essay writing contest you can join. Grand prize is PhP 50k — PreMYo Rizal.

      • Levy 29 September 2011 at 8:46 am #

        Wow Thanks Editor Tania! May magagawa na ko ngayong sembreak! hehe. I knew it! I should have taken Creative Writing! hehe pero i feel that itch everytime i get a hold of a pencil kya napasubo sa Arki.

        a few more days to go everyone!

        Good luck!

        • Editor Tania 30 September 2011 at 2:42 pm #

          Hi Levy! Nangangailangan naman tayo ng magagaling na architects. At puwede ka naman sumulat kahit hindi ka writing major. The secret is to write often (for practice and experience) and read a lot πŸ™‚ Good luck!

      • zayn liam 3 October 2011 at 4:26 pm #

        hi ma’am, i had checked the site for the PreMYo Rizal but hadn’t seen any instruction on how to send via e-mail… thank you

    32. Romano 29 September 2011 at 11:05 am #

      Thank you Editor Tania. I have already downloaded the entry form. Right, Levy. We have some stuff to do during sembreak.

      Good luck!

      • Editor Tania 30 September 2011 at 2:43 pm #

        Mukhang magiging productive sem break niyo. Good luck guys!

    33. Levy 30 September 2011 at 6:18 pm #

      I can’t wait for the result! hahahaha sobrang anxiety na to!.. I just wanna know how I fared; in preparation for the next contest – preMYo Rizal! Oct7 Oct7 Oct7 Oct7… that’s our finals day here in school!

      • Jennifer Mendoza 3 October 2011 at 8:35 am #

        same here. i’ll try to join too. wala rin naman mawawala. isa pa, we will be aware about what Rizal had done for our country. i’m really excited. at kailangan ko rin tulungan family ko financially. good luck sa atin. sana my place tayo. i wanna make friends with you. i can feel na mababait din kayo. God bless, guys. πŸ™‚

    34. Romano 1 October 2011 at 9:46 am #

      The result is not announced yet, and it’s already Oct.1. Not good for winners who are far from Luzon. tsk.!

    35. Levy 1 October 2011 at 9:21 pm #

      Wow Congrats!

    36. Jennifer Mendoza 3 October 2011 at 10:00 am #

      The top three winners, the five honorable mention awardees, and school representatives of
      the top three winners from each category shall be required to attend the awarding ceremonies
      which will be held on October 28, 2011

    37. Elaine Cleo Socorro 3 October 2011 at 2:44 pm #

      hey . . . ! good day everyone . . I just wanna ask, when shall the winners be announced? I’m really expecting that it shall be announced a few days from now cause it will be hard for those who are far from Luzon. I earnestly hope the announcements shall be given sooner.

    38. Levy 3 October 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      Haha Oct. 28 / i can do nothing but sigh…. sad face. very.

    39. Levy 3 October 2011 at 3:04 pm #

      wow that’s about 4 weeks from now! …

    40. Levy 3 October 2011 at 3:05 pm #

      FB muna. add me guys: tnx

    41. Romano 3 October 2011 at 3:31 pm #

      .wahahaha….extension again and again and again.,so embarrassing,..(Sigh.).

      .Add kita Levy.

      • Jessica Nuqui 3 October 2011 at 5:13 pm #

        Say what? Extension na naman? 😐 Wew.

    42. LX Suarez 3 October 2011 at 3:51 pm #

      OCT.28 ang awarding.. e ang announcement? huh! hehe! Sna palarin.. Thanks sa info.

      Levy add kita? πŸ™‚

      Ye good day!

    43. zayn liam 3 October 2011 at 4:13 pm #

      Ah? I thought the result will be announced earlier… i always try to check on the results… hadn’t seen the announcement that the awarding was moved?

      • Jennifer Mendoza 4 October 2011 at 5:34 pm #

        yah.. i checked the guidelines too.. namove ng oct 28.

    44. Jessica Nuqui 3 October 2011 at 5:15 pm #

      Baka super dami ng nag’pasa. 😐 Kaya hirap sila mag’judge. Haha! Give time nlang for them. GOODLUCK!

    45. Romano 3 October 2011 at 9:59 pm #

      somewhat like that Jessica…hahaizt..
      It’s so tiresome to wait..

    46. Levy 4 October 2011 at 11:49 am #

      Last day of submission was on the 30SEP and it has just been 4 days so let’s give them time. They have to check everything including plagiarism which is tedious (wonder how they’d do it). Not to mention that we also have a HS category and that this is a national contest and that we have more than 2,080 universities and colleges nationwide. hehe

      • zayn liam 11 October 2011 at 12:39 pm #

        though I understand that judges needs time. I find it unfair na minove yung date ng submission considering na maraming nagrush para lang mahabol yung first scheduled date… i respect though, that PRA have the right to change the dates.. well, God bless sa lahat ng sumali =)

        • fifi 5 December 2011 at 4:02 pm #

          I think the logical solution they could have done in accordance to this problem (trust me, I should know. I passed mine last June 29) is to announce deadline extensions prior to the initial deadline. :p

    47. Levy 4 October 2011 at 6:06 pm #

      But we’d really appreciate it if we would be given a timeframe

    48. Romano 6 October 2011 at 3:02 pm #


    49. khrisbelle detera 9 October 2011 at 12:58 am #

      pa post na lang po ng mga names ng mga winners kapag lumabas na. good luck everyone po! πŸ™‚

    50. Carol R. Duka 12 October 2011 at 3:50 pm #

      when will the be the announcement of winners in PRA’s ist essay writing contest.

    51. Jennifer Mendoza 13 October 2011 at 9:05 pm #

      makikita po sa website ng PRA ang mga winners po. at di pa po naipopost. wait nlng po tayo. i’m also excited and hoping ma magkaplace tayo. πŸ™‚ God bless po ang lahat.

    52. emira 16 October 2011 at 3:33 pm #

      ano po ung offial website ng PRA? meron na po bang wiiners? salamat po

    53. Romano 17 October 2011 at 8:09 am # There’s no announcement of winners yet..

      • emira 23 October 2011 at 11:25 pm #

        aw. thanks for the info…. goodluck to all of us… ^^

    54. khrisbelle detera 19 October 2011 at 9:24 pm #

      nakakanerbyos maghintay…hehehehe goodluck pooooooooooohhhhhh πŸ™‚

    55. zayn liam 20 October 2011 at 3:59 pm #

      ‘hoped to see announcement in the PRA website pero wala pa naman… sana po mas maaga kasi paano naman yung manggagaling sa malalayo if ever may manalo sa kanila, lalo pa’t tag-ulan…….

    56. Elaine Cleo Socorro 21 October 2011 at 10:08 am #

      hey, ……when po ba ang official announcement of winners? it’s already October 21 ……. sorry to keep asking but i think the winners should be announced sooner…… specially that some participants are far from Luzon

    57. Levy 21 October 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      Wala na yatang nanalo. Hehe. Let’s give them until Monday. Ok na yun para makapagsimba on Sunday hehe.

      • zayn liam 23 October 2011 at 6:54 pm #

        hopefully, bukas ng umaga may result na… =)

    58. JOROSS 22 October 2011 at 7:48 pm #

      kailan po ba irereveal ang winners??

    59. Jessica Nuqui 24 October 2011 at 2:56 pm #

      Hi. πŸ™‚
      Kamusta nman habang nag’hihintay ng result?
      Haha! Lapit na mag’28, wee. :””>

      Goodluck po. πŸ™‚

    60. Levy 24 October 2011 at 7:09 pm #

      Ubos na pera ko kaka-net just to go to hehe! Please lang irefund niyo na lang pinang net ko maski indi na ko manalo! hehehe, Good Luck to all and advance congratulations to all of you who win!

      • Jessica Nuqui 24 October 2011 at 7:47 pm #

        Okay lang yan kuya, malay mo worth it naman pag’gastos mo kaka’net. πŸ™‚

    61. khrisbelle detera 24 October 2011 at 7:59 pm #

      kaka check ko lang tonight, wala pa ring result… how unlucky for those who will win na nasa malayong lugar. it’s already monday and the awarding will be on friday… sana maglabas na sila ng result!!!!

    62. Romano 25 October 2011 at 9:20 am #

      Weeeew…25 na ah..Ba’t wala pa..
      naman tlaga oh..!

    63. Jessica Nuqui 25 October 2011 at 10:15 am #

      Sana worth it ang pag’hihintay. 😐
      Godspeed. πŸ™‚

    64. Elaine Cleo Socorro 25 October 2011 at 10:54 am #

      good day…..hindi pa po ba na announce ang winners? it’s already the 25th day of October…..ilang days na lang :)))

    65. Levy 25 October 2011 at 11:33 am #

      I have a bad intuition. Winners might have already been notified through the mail while the unlucky guys are still hoping. That’s how it is in ‘Palanca’. A mail will be sent to your school IF you win (Kabataan Sanaysay Category). Anyway, mag-aral na lang tayo nang mabuti. Second Sem na! Time for a great brand new start!

      • fifi 5 December 2011 at 4:05 pm #

        oh, so I’m not the only one who tried my hands on palanca and lost. lol

    66. Levy 25 October 2011 at 11:41 am #

      By the way, after the awarding, would you mind posting your works in FB? I just wanna read something about the diff towns here in the Phil. Thanks.

      • fifi 5 December 2011 at 4:06 pm #

        I would too! just added you on facebook btw, I’d willingly share mine if you share yours

    67. Ado 25 October 2011 at 1:19 pm #

      Ang hirap naman ng ganitong paghihintay. Hindi mo alam kung umaasa ka sa meron o wala. Sana naman i-announce na yung winners. Ang taas na ng anxiety level ko! haha

    68. Romano 25 October 2011 at 3:56 pm #

      No.!.They should have posted the list of winners in their website. That’s what they said in the guidelines.

      • Jessica Nuqui 25 October 2011 at 6:27 pm #

        I agree. πŸ™‚ Haha!

    69. Levy 26 October 2011 at 3:42 pm #

      I already sent an email to them re that and there’s no reply yet.

    70. Levy 26 October 2011 at 3:45 pm #


      For your reference:

      Please wait for the official announcement of winners which will be
      posted on the PRA website within October 2011.

      You may not reply or make a follow up on the status of your entry.

      Official winners will receive email confirmations and invitations to
      the awarding ceremony.

      Thank you.

      Good luck to all!

    71. khrisbelle detera 27 October 2011 at 9:42 am #

      πŸ™ wala pa din result til now!!!!

      • Ado 27 October 2011 at 11:35 am #

        According to the person who picked up the phone when I called PRA as of October 27, 2011 (11:24am), the October 28, 2011 awarding ceremonies is postponed. Baka 2nd week of November na gagawin. Winners and their schools will be notified more or less next week daw. Allegedly, they have received more than 1200 entries via e-mail so they need more time to screen them. Good luck sa screening process. Sana hindi ito macompromise for the sake of just being able to announce winners at piliin pa rin ng maigi ang winners. Good luck to all!

        • khrisbelle detera 30 October 2011 at 1:24 pm #

          thanks po for the info. goodluck

    72. emira 27 October 2011 at 1:01 pm #

      i wish the result of the competition will be posted as soon as posible. I am from Samar and it will take me 1 and a half day travel to reach Manila. So please announce it as early as today. Thanks and Godbless

    73. Romano 27 October 2011 at 3:03 pm #

      That’s better now. At least naliwanagan na tayo nang kaunti..
      Hoping for the earliest possible announcement.

      God bless us all!

    74. Godfather 27 October 2011 at 5:10 pm #

      What schools were the winners? Have there been results?

    75. Achaea 27 October 2011 at 7:51 pm #

      Greetings! I just want to ask question about the announcement of essay writing winners, when it will be?

    76. Fredrick P.Omalza 28 October 2011 at 1:00 am #

      naman, postponed pala talaga. I’m always on the edge of my seat every time I open my e-mail for the past few weeks. Still, I hope na wala nang extensions para mabiyak na ang puso ko kung talo man; kesa naman sa di ko alam kung anyare na dun sa entry ko. lol.

    77. Jessica Nuqui 28 October 2011 at 11:03 pm #

      1st PRA Essay Writing Contest Announcement.

      Thank your for anticipating the results of the recently concluded 1st PRA National Essay Writing Contest with the theme β€œDear Foreign Retiree…Why You Should Retire in My Town?”

      In view of the overwhelming participation and volume of entries received from our young writers all over the country, the Authority hereby defers the announcement of the winners for both HS and College categories on November 30, 2011

      This will allow the Selection Committee to thoroughly review, come up with a shortlist, and arrive at the most deserving of entries. Please bear with us as we postpone the culmination of this activity in time for the season of Christmas, which is also our country’s most celebrated time for giving.

      Thank you.

    78. lei 31 October 2011 at 6:05 pm #

      thanks for the anticipating response.GOD BLESS US ALL!:)

    79. zayn liam 5 November 2011 at 4:38 pm #

      okay… medyo nakakabawas nga lng ng excitement…salamat na rin at nag-email sila para sabihin na sa Nov 30 pa pala yung result…God bless…let’s just wait…

    80. haha 13 November 2011 at 4:59 pm #

      hahaha may pagbiyak biyak pa kayo ng pusong nalalaman, ako sobrang busy na hehe

    81. fifi 30 November 2011 at 10:24 am #

      everyone, I sent my entry a day before the original due date which is june 30. you guys should all feel lucky, imagine how I felt after finding out dead line was extended to sept 15 THEN to sept 30 the day after I submitted.

    82. Jessica 30 November 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      Nov. 30 na, it’s Bonifacio Day! πŸ™‚ still, no announcement yet. 😐

      • Jennifer Mendoza 30 November 2011 at 6:00 pm #

        yah. i’m waiting too.. let’s keep praying fellas. sana maannounce na. i’ll check again tomorrow..

    83. LxSuarez 30 November 2011 at 5:51 pm #

      Oh, no announcement yet? okay, we have to wait.. Happy Holidays =)

    84. joross 30 November 2011 at 6:24 pm #

      Mga tao sa PRA ay hindi firm in their decisions.. Hope they are firm enough to choose the winners..>And they say they would send emails… how bout those who used snail mails???

    85. c h i c c a 30 November 2011 at 9:08 pm #

      i- aanounce ba talaga ang winners?
      .. hm! i hope they would realize how
      much excitement is into us (those who submitted) .. and how much frustration stirs us up everytime they’ll postpone the ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS :((

      • Sabrina 1 December 2011 at 8:04 am #

        true! sana nga today na talaga!

      • writter 13 December 2011 at 3:48 pm #

        well its true. but as for me, i don’t care whether i win or not. what i really like is that i was able to share something about my home town. and the best part of it is that i was able to tell to them that my town deserve better than their price.

    86. Sabrina 30 November 2011 at 10:16 pm #

      WHOA. ngayon ko lang nakita tong page na to. ang dami pala talagang sumali. sana bukas may announcement na. God bless everyone! πŸ™‚

    87. Apple 1 December 2011 at 12:21 pm #

      still have no result??? well goodluck to us!.

    88. cj 1 December 2011 at 4:18 pm #

      oh no…december 1 na…wla p dng announcement of winners..

    89. Sabrina 1 December 2011 at 4:21 pm #

      guys! i called PRA. BUKAS na daw ipopost sa website yong winners, kung mapipirmahan na yung memo. at mag papadala din daw ng email sa lahat. kung nanalo or hindi.

      • fifi 2 December 2011 at 7:22 pm #

        hi, have you received your email already?

      • fifi 2 December 2011 at 7:23 pm #

        also, will the email state your entry status? i.e. winner/loser/disqualified/whatever lol

        • Sabrina 3 December 2011 at 6:43 pm #

          wala padin eh.. nung tumwag ako sabi naman sasabihin kung nanalo or natalo. i think papadalhan lahat. πŸ™‚

          • fifi 3 December 2011 at 8:13 pm #

            are they still going to pursue awarding of winners on the 7th? because I think it’s a tad bit too late to get good tickets considering that it’s already the 3rd of dec and no public announcement was made :p

    90. khrisbelle detera 1 December 2011 at 6:15 pm #

      tomorrow is the day!!!! good luck po… kinakabahan na ako…
      after a long long long time,,,maglalabas na sila ng result…

    91. icel 1 December 2011 at 7:11 pm #

      i guess they have answer to your questions. see this link, people.

    92. LxSuarez 2 December 2011 at 11:16 am #

      In view of the anticipated 1st PRA National Essay Writing Contest results, as
      previously scheduled to be released yesterday, November 30, 2011,
      this is to officially announce that the Selection Committee has concurred to
      course through and disseminate the names of the selected finalists and winners
      of this contest to their respective schools and universities.
      There are eight (8) winners from the High School Level, and eight (8) winners
      from the College Level categories whose identities are going to be verified prior
      to a general public announcement.
      Again, please bear with us, as we conclude this activity in time to reward these
      young writers in time for the Season of Christmas.
      Thank you for your support.

      Latest updates nila khapon.. Hintay pa tayo =) Goodmorning!

    93. khrisbelle detera 2 December 2011 at 3:42 pm #

      sana today na talaga sila mag announce…
      we have been waiting too long..

    94. Levy 5 December 2011 at 11:32 am #

      Ang init ngayon dito sa Baguio- maiba naman hehe

      • writter 13 December 2011 at 3:14 pm #

        tama. ganun na nga. but still it is the summer capita l of the Philippines. I’m proud to be in Baguio any way… Lets hope that the winner will soon be announce!=)….

        • Levy 16 December 2011 at 11:04 am #

          What? You’re also from Baguio? SLU as well?

    95. fifi 5 December 2011 at 4:11 pm #

      I think it’s pretty glaring that there was a vast participation in the said contest and seeing that approximately 1,200 entries were received by PRA, I think it’s safe to assume most if not all of us have but marginal hope of winning at this point. My resolution is that we all come together in a virtual public forum, let’s say, twitter or whatever blog sites you guys run and share our pieces. We don’t only get to self-evaluate and gauge the level of competition, but in a way, learn more about the different cities and provinces in our country. Hoping for your cooperation, -al/fifi

      • fifi 5 December 2011 at 4:13 pm #

        btw, this is still in view of the anticipation all of us feel at the moment.

        • Ado 6 December 2011 at 12:48 pm #

          Good idea! Baka pwedeng ikaw na ang mag-initiate. I hope this helps-

          • fifi 6 December 2011 at 12:56 pm #

            where do you guys suggest we publish our works? also, does the essay contest committee permit us to publish it online prior to the announcement of winners?

            • Ado 6 December 2011 at 3:08 pm #

              I think we still own whatever we write and we have all the right to do whatever we want with them. Nothing is stated in the rules that we cannot do so.

            • fifi 6 December 2011 at 11:05 pm #

              share away! haha

            • writter 13 December 2011 at 3:54 pm #

              i want to make a yahoo group where we can post our works. where we can read and comment it. but today yahoo is encountering some technical problems. Hopefully i can make it tomorrow. just email me if you like @

            • writter 13 December 2011 at 4:07 pm #

              Group name: philippines_myhometown
              Group home page:
              Group email:
              this is the group i created if you like you can post the article you’ve made here!=)….

    96. Ado 6 December 2011 at 12:55 pm #

      Check out this Facebook Page-

    97. flip 6 December 2011 at 3:32 pm #

      I will not be surprised if the announcement of winners will be in February 2012 (“In time for the season of Love” naman ang sasabihin), if it will ever be announced.

      One thing I find absurd is they kept on extending the deadline of submission of entries and then they would say that the reason for the deferment of the announcement of winners is the sheer volume of entries they received. And then the next excuse they have is that they have to confirm the identities of the winners before they can announce them. What comes next? They have to defer again due to the Chrsitmas vacation? They have to check the background of the participants? They have to postpone the announcement until Summer of 2012 because of a reason that conveniently came to be?

      Don’t make promises you cannot keep. Maybe one of the reasons why we trail behind our neighboring countries in Tourism despite the fact that we generally offer the same things to tourists and foreign retirees is the seemingly unprofessional and incompetent way we handle things sometimes.

      • Levy 7 December 2011 at 11:28 am #

        Dude, I agree on everything that you with the exception of the last word. It’s ALWAYS man! FB–>

        • Levy 7 December 2011 at 11:29 am #

          *that you said

      • fifi 7 December 2011 at 1:16 pm #

        While I have but marginal hopes of winning, I do agree that after all the inconsistencies with deadlines, consensus and other matters, I think the least they could do is be true to their word. Not a good example of a superintending body tasked to attract foreign retirees at all.

    98. khrisbelle detera 9 December 2011 at 9:27 am #

      its dec 9th na..may announcement na ba?

      • Sabrina 9 December 2011 at 9:43 am #

        walang wala :X

        • Levy 10 December 2011 at 6:22 pm #

          it’s 10DEC na..may announcement na ba?

    99. khrisbelle detera 11 December 2011 at 1:44 pm #

      guys and gals… i think wala na silang planong maglabas ng result.. advance merry christmas sa ating lahat..let’s enjoy this vacation!!!!at sana swertehin tayo this coming 2012!!!

    100. Sabrina 12 January 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      naalala ko lang to. haha! grabe. wala na ata balak mag announce ng winners ang PRA. boohoo.

    101. Sabrina 18 January 2012 at 11:29 pm #


    102. bryan royeca 24 January 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      when will be the right time that u will tell to us the result of the contest.

    103. fifi 28 January 2012 at 11:25 pm #

      lol I won :p

      • Editor Tania 30 January 2012 at 11:20 pm #

        Whoa. Congratulations, Alfonso!

        • fifi 3 February 2012 at 8:30 pm #

          thanks, aeditor tania!

      • Sheila 30 January 2012 at 11:47 pm #

        Wow! That’s excellent news! Congratulations!

    104. Milagros R. Evangelista 2 February 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      May we request a copy of the essay of Shania Canda the 1st placer … because we want to print it in a local magazine here in General Santos City … ms. Canda could not find the copy of her essay … thank you …

      • fifi 3 February 2012 at 8:34 pm #

        I believe the 1st placer’s name is justin macalintal

      • fifi 4 February 2012 at 8:32 pm #

        oh you mean in the high school category, my apologies!

      • m 9 February 2012 at 4:03 am #

        Thank you for your email. If you have questions about the contest, we suggest you email and get in touch with Mervin A. Magbuhat or call PRA at +632.848-1412.

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