Awarding of the Winners of the WikiPilipinas Filipina Stories
Date: March 28, 2008
Time: 11-12:00 Noon
Venue: SMX Convention Hall # 3, SMX Convention Center, beside SM Mall of Asia, Manila
Map: Click on thumbnail
This is our tentative program for the March 28 event, 11-12nn
1. Opening Remarks
2. About Vibal Foundation
3. Empowering Women Through Internet
4. Walkthroughs: Filipiniana.net and Wikipilipinas.org and Filipinaimages.com
5. Raffle iPod Nano
6. Announcement of Winners
Wikipilipinas will host lunch in a restaurant in Mall of Asia after the program.
Dine, Gus Vibal, founder of WikiPilipinas, his staff and I met up last week to discuss ways to support their first online Encyclopedia of Philippine Women that they started in WikiPilipinas.org. I believe Gus is truly sincere in his WikiPilipinas’ vision to be “the largest Philippine knowledge database”. I mean, Gus pratically invested a lot on WikiPilipinas. (A few sponsors helped though).
Dine, Lorna, myself and most of you will agree that we all want to raise the profile of the Filipinas, and be part of a larger movement in uplifting the status of Philippine women. I believe that WikiPilipinas is sincere in their mission as we all are. Here is our collaborative project which I hope you will be a part of:
In line with the principle of honoring the diverse, beautiful, and powerful image of a Filipina, WikiPilipinas will launch a special portal Encyclopedia of Philippine Women inside the site which will compile and detail the achievements and triumphs of Filipinas everywhere. Its sister site Filipiniana.net will also have a Philippine Women Microsite containing documents discussing Filipino women, as well as selected texts from the oeuvres of Filipina writers. Through a combined effort for advocacy, WikiPilipinas partnered with Filipina Images to help promote a more empowering image of the Filipina. By having an online platform to showcase Filipina intelligence and talent, surely the goal will be closer.
To promulgate the advocacy, WikiPilipinas and Filipina Images websites will launch “Filipina Stories,” a writing contest with the mission of uplifting the image of the Filipina.
Check the prizes and mechanics of this contest.
Prizes at Stake
The three best essays will be selected, and their winning authors will be awarded cash prizes of:
- 1st placer – P5,000.00
- 2nd placer – P3,000.00
- 3rd placer – P2,000.00
An iPod Nano will also be raffled during the launch!
1. Open to Filipino bloggers of all ages.
2. Interested participants may choose to write an essay about any of these three sub-themes:
- The Iconography of the Modern Filipina;
- The Commercialization of the Filipina through the Internet
- The Role of Bloggers in Uplifting the Image of the Filipina.
3. Articles to be submitted should be original, previously unpublished, at least 500 words long, and written in English.
4. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Participant’s entry together with the complete name and contact details, should be sent to:
5. Essays must be published in the participants’ respective blogs and should contain the following links:
(5.1) a link to your entry at the WikiPilipinas or Filipiniana site (WikiPilipinas will upload your entry to the Wiki Portal. The url will be emailed to you. Link to that entry in their portal. Hence you have to email the entry so they can do the upload for you.)
(5.2) a link to WikiPilipinas, using the code
<a href="http://www.wikipilipinas.org">Philippine Encyclopedia</a>
(5.3) a link to Filipinaimages.com, with the code
Submission of entries will be from February 1 to March 15, 2008.
Articles to be submitted will be available for public viewing in WikiPilipinas starting February 8, 2008.
Please take note that all entries will be licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License
All submitted article titles for the contest will be shown in the WikiPilipinas Site.
The entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by WikiPilipinas. These judges will use the following criteria for evaluation:
* Form – 20%
* Substance – 50%
* Originality – 30%
The winning essay will be announced at the launch of the WikiPilipinas Women’s Portal and the Filipiniana.net Philippine Women Microsite on March 26, 2008 in time for the celebration of Women’s Month.
Venue to be announced. The first 100 bloggers (with entries) to arrive at the venue will receive a FREE Filipina T-shirt.
(Enlarge thumbnail for the Press Release) I hope you join this contest. This contest also aims to raise awareness of the WikiPilipinas.org so that bloggers can eventually add content to the Wiki. For the contest, the WikiPilipinas staff will take charge of uploading your entry to the Wiki. After this contest, there will be a Phase 2 Workshop which is meant to teach us how to use the Wiki.
Be part in uplifting the image of the Filipina, the Knowledge base of the WikiPilipinas. Remember you are not only writing about Filipino women. You will help uplift the reputation…remove the prejudice, not just against Filipino women achievers but against your mothers, sisters, daughters. Against You.