AN ESSAY writing contest focusing on “calidad humana” or “life well spent” has been launched the Embassy of Chile in the Philippines, together with UST and the University of Asia and the Pacific.

The contest has the theme “Breaking the Ground: A Life Well-Spent.” Narrative essays and accounts of individuals, families, or groups, must exemplify strength of character or anything that may contribute to a culture of excellence and a life of virtue.

The competition is open to high school, college, and graduate school students who are no more than 30 years of age. Only one entry is allowed per person.

Criteria for judging include content or story thread (40 percent), use of tools of language, usage, organization, coherence, sufficiency of details, grammar, and mechanics (40 percent), and impact on readers (20 percent). Finalists will also undergo an oral interview.

Entries may be submitted until Feb. 15. Winners will be announced on March 15.

The three winners will receive a roundtrip ticket for two to Cebu or Boracay. Cash prizes will also be given to the respective winners.

For more details about the competition and its mechanics, log on to Bernadette D. Nicolas

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