The Embassy of Chile, through the leadership of its muy simpatico ambassador, Sr. Don Roberto Mayorga, and the Embassy of Brasil, headed by Sr. Don George Ney de Souza Fernandes, in collaboration with other institutions, have organized a photo-essay contest that seeks to highlight and share to the world the heart-warming, almost mysteriously captivating smile of Filipinos.
The Ambassador of Chile, whom I met in 2011 after I was awarded by the Embassy for an essay I wrote on the heroism of Pablo Neruda, called on my assistance and support in promoting this contest. In a meeting with him last year, he expressed his desire in telling a world filled with problems about the immense faith and unrelenting hope of Filipinos beautifully manifested in their smiles, smiles which are present amidst the backdrop of poverty, natural calamities, wars and even, personal crises.
The contest is looking for a photograph that highlights a smiling Filipino with an appropriate caption. The picture should also be accompanied by a short message that explains why that subject was chosen for the photograph. More technical details can be found in their website and Facebook page. Please refer to these:
Of course, the prizes are very enticing.
The first prize winner will get to go to Chile and Brazil FOR FREE and receive a monetary prize of 1,000.00 USD!!! The other prizes are 600.00 USD, 400.00 USD and Nokia Phones for overseas Filipinos who join the contest.
I do invite everyone to join this contest, a noble effort to promote something golden about the Filipino spirit.
Nuestra sonrisa es para el mundo. Vamos a compartirla a todo.