Eugenie Marie A. Pranada, a fourth year student of Philippine School Bahrain, emerged champion in the US Pinoy for Good Governance (USP4GG) International Essay Writing contest with the theme “The Overseas Filipinos and their impact in the Philippines”.
The essay focused on the contributions of overseas Filipinos to the economy of the Philippines. It highlights the importance of the participation of overseas Filipinos in the Philippine elections, and the social risks that the children and families of overseas Filipinos faced due to long years of separation or long distance relationships. It also aims to explain the reason why the overseas Filipinos called to be the “new heroes” of the Philippines.
Dr. Celia Lamkin, Chairperson of the US Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas Chapter, launched an essay competition for Filipinos. The contest was open to all Filipino students or of Filipino descent who were studying in the Philippines or overseas, ages 10 to 25 years old who were enrolled in high school and college. Eugenie Marie Pranada with her essay entiled “Overseas Filipino Workers: The Scattered Stars” was adjudged the Champion for the high school category. She received a Certificvate of Recognition and cash prize of Php12,000.
The awarding ceremony was held on February 26, 2015, during the 3rd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora at Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines.