Last May (2009), I joined a nationwide children’s story writing contest. The sponsor of the contest was the Gig and the Amazing Sampaguita Foundation, a foundation put up by Ma’am Marissa Oca-Robles, a muy simpatica lady who dedicated the movement to her late son, Gig.
The foundation is aimed primarily in promoting in the family of seafarers the practice of reading 20 minutes of stories to the children of seafarers before going to bed. Not only is it an intimate and sentimental act, it is also a responsible suggestion since it promotes the act of reading among the literally torn families of seafarers.
Anyway, the contest chose ten winners last October and I was fortunate to be one of the winners. The awarding ceremony was held in The Establishment and not only was my story going to be published, the prizes also included 20,000 Pesos in cash, a lovely certificate and a large framed photo of the respective authors by renowned photographer, Ms. Mandy Navasero.
So after spending all of the 20,000, and my huge photo hanging in the sala, it was only earlier today when the daughter of Ma’am Marissa, Mika, who is good friend of mine since she brought me out in the evenings I spent in Madrid in September, texted me and sent me an MMS of one of the pages of the book.
“Quintin and His Violin” has finally been published!
Before I forget, the contest’s aim was to write about aspects of the lives of the children of seafarers. Since I have no experience of such, I just made my imaginative juices work.
Este cuento hecho ayer. Estoy muy orgulloso.