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Love Struck Writing Contest


Top 3 Winners

1. Mnel- First Kiss

Lauren says This story is captivating because it focuses on just one aspect of the love story – the first kiss. Other events and details were written in such a way as to emphasize the magic of that moment.

2. Lady Cess- The Promise of a Fairy Godmother

Lauren says that Her love story has a great hook and an interesting twist. I love how the ending leaves a lot to the imagination.

3. KingDaddyRich- Siya

Lauren says It was a bit of a struggle to read his entry because it’s written in Tagalog, but I love how he made poetic use of the language to create imagery that stays.


1. Kongkong – The End of Friendship

2. Fitz- A Valentine’s Date to Remember

3. Mr. Z- Strange Times My Dear

As a couple, Butch and I celebrate three anniversaries: the day we met, the day we became steadies and the day we got married. See, that’s how big I am with celebrations and anniversary dates. Celebration is a high form of praise of gratitude. To celebrate is to delight in the gift, to show gratitude. And that’s what I intend to do today. Celebrate the day that Butch and I first met each other 30 years ago.

diary.jpgI sifted through the yellowed pages of my diary to that day when I first met my ex-boyfriend at the UP Campus Shopping Center. I laughed at my entry because apparently, I was in love with another guy that day I met Butch. I simply forgot about it and it explains why I did not fall for Butch right away.

I was dating this guy, let’s call him Mark, a Senior Veterinarian student. Though we were not officially a couple, we often ate out together at the Shopping Center. That night, my brother dropped by my dorm and we went to the Shopping Center where I caught Mark eating at Rodics. The nerve, he didn’t even invite me. I felt he was avoiding me. I ran back to the dorm and cried in bed. Then I thought, maybe I should go back and talk to him. Luckily my roommate wanted to go to the Shopping Center. I peeped in all the eating places looking for Mark. Over at Lizettes, I caught two of my roommates sitting beside a cute guy which turned out to be Butch. They called me over to join them.

Still frustrated at Mark, I ranted about my “Mark” problems to my roommates. Laughing, they adviced me to talk to Butch about my boy problems. So I turned to Butch who seemed eager to listen to me. While talking to him about Mark being such a snob and all, I noticed Butch wasn’t paying attention to my litany of Mark rants. He was staring at me, almost stripping me giving me such a seductive look. I felt so awkward and uncomfortable. To top it all, my roommates noticed it and started teasing me. I stopped talking to him and turned away from his direction. But he was still staring and had the gall to say You have beautiful eyes…that look in your eyes in front of my friends. How very untrue. I had bloodshot eyes from crying over Mark. Ack.

And that’s how I met him that day, January 26, 1978. Our love story doesn’t end there, of course. Obviously, it was Butch who was more love struck than me.

love struckSo what is this Love Struck Writing Contest? I thought of giving back to my readers, visitors and lurkers part of the prize money I won from winning Best Website (Blogs Category) in the last 10th Philippine Web Awards.


    Three (3) winners receive US$ 50.00 each for top 3 Love Struck entries.

    Three (3) lifetime (for the life span of my Protagonist WebHosting) domain and hosting plan worth $30.00 each. Prize is transferrable but NOT convertible to cash.

Duration January 26, till February 23. Winners to be announced on February 24,2008 which is my second blog anniversary.

Rules– Open to all Single or Married Couples

    1. Write a blog entry on a Love Struck moment. The object of the love struck moment should be a person, not a thing, animal or place.

    2. Post the link of your story in the comments section below. (Email the link to [email protected] in case your comment get’s caught in Akismet)

    A link to this contest is required so more can join.

    3. Entry will be judged by my love struck daughter, Lauren. She will choose the top 3 winners and 3 consolation prize winners.

So start writing! Come and celebrate the day with me.

Love Struck Entries

1. Mitch – Two Weeks

2. Edelweiza – Against All Odds

3. Kiel – Thank You Daddy

4. Lad- Joy of Having Joy

5. Peko-peko – Love Struck Writing contest; ng pumana si Kupido

6. Marjie – Darion: the introduction

7. Fitz- A Valentine’s Date to Remember

8. Rolly- Love Story

9. Mhel- The Whirl of Love

10. Ami- In that Room

11.Ann- Postcards

12.Yoru- Reminiscing the Small Red Box

13. Em Dy- Not Love Struck All the Time

14. Jesy- Perfect 10

15. Kreez- Right under my nose

16. Mhalou- Unforgettable

17. Mec- Love Struck

18. Summer- Love Struck

19. issai- Love, a change in perspective

20. KingDaddyRich- Siya

21. Klinne- Nang dahil sa YM

22. Karmi- Dahil sa isang bote ng Coke

23. JHS- It All Began at Chuck E. Cheese’s

24. Buds- Sleeping Prince

25. Vloe- One More Time

26. Dakilang Tambay – Crush

27. D. Superwomom – Love “Trip”

28. Jel- The Story of Us

30. Michelle – Happy 11th Monthsary, Mahal!

31. Igno- Drive: fairy-tale ng man in waiting

32. Isel- Ocean Avenue

33. Ria Jose- The Cheesiest Songs

34. Bojoy- Utopian Dream

35. Joanna Marie- Love Struck Writing Contest

36. Romy Diaz- quickie

37. Joaquin- Second Time Around

38. Vylette- Harana

39. Cherry Mae- sAkit nA dULot nYa..

40. Lingling- Taluhan

41. Andrea- the story of us

42. Woobie- Friendship Driven Love Affair

43. Eliza- Book Perfect

44. Lady Cess- The Promise of a Fairy Godmother

45. Kongkong – The End of Friendship

46. Mnel- First Kiss

47. Mr Z- Strange Times My Dear

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105 thoughts on “Love Struck Writing Contest”

  1. what a sweet story 😀 i am obliged to join this contest but i dont know if my hubby would approve sharing our supposed to be ‘secret’ real love story… let me think about it. my husband remembers those first dates… and i dont, hahaha. at least he pokes me when the date would be nearing so i could prepare, too. what a lousy wife i am 🙂

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  3. The way you described Butch, he was totally smitten. And nothing gets to a guys heart than a damsel in distress. I think it brings out the inner “knight in shining armor” in them 🙂

    Love this contest. I too have posted our “love story” but I’d love to re-post it for this contest 🙂

  4. astig! kakakilig! you can count me in on this…in some of my blogs, i mentioned about my dad’s baby..i think, i can give it a try sharing how everything really started for us…more power to u!

  5. i was browsing the pages of the future blogs i will feature in my entrecard and it lead me directly to your blog.

    my first time here, and I should say, reading your profile, I got courage in you that you will recover, and i now you have, from your sons death.

    anyway, i wish you all the best. have a nice day ahead. God is with us always. have a great morning.

  6. hi Noemi, it’s been a long time haven’t come back here! nice to be back today. thanks to this ongoing love struck contest of yours. 🙂

    this is a very interesting contest. and you got a very wonderful love story. I am thinking to join but i still have to think when ws the time i was love struck. LOL!

  7. It’s a nice contest…You know Noemi, I think I get in love with this site. This site talk a lot about love, couple. and family relationship. Very useful for marital life.

  8. @yatot, arlene, viona, and pao- PLEASE join or if you can’t just promote it in your blog. Who knows you might have love struck readers out there?

    @kongkong, phoebz, dhanggit, lad and all the others – I am waiting for your entries!

  9. Another contest? =)

    Well, I have another entry and I feel that my chances of winning again is quite good. I will post it later this morning because I have to edit it first to customize with your “love struck” subject. I also found the right way to end my blog courtesy of this post. Hahaha…

    Can’t wait to post my entry. =)

  10. dear noemi,

    call me a stalker or lurker but i am a great big fan of ur blog. i never commented kasi some points were raised by the first readers. well anyway i will join ur contest. exciting ito. wait for my story ha…..

  11. @rollly- yes I can’t wait either. I am a sucker for love stories. hehe

    @arny- lurker is a better word. Not stalker naman. It’s okay. But I want to see that story soon . Spread the word!

  12. My love story started when my father died. He was bedridden for 2 years. He died peacefully. It was a relief for all of us and most especially for him. He left us penniless. To augment the family he left behind i started tutoring grade school kids. I was from UP. (87) Parents flock to us because of our academic excellence. Filipino-Chinese in genes, i came to the employ of another fil-chi. The mother seeing me unemployed, and with a zero love life started making rounds of introducing me to her nephew and then to her friend’s son. The first was a complete comedy. Unkempt, chubby but smart i am in no hurry to be hooked up and i wasn’t attracted. The other one was a no spark.
    I told my boss (the mother of my wards) hinay-hinay lang!! (go slow please). she heeded my plea, thank God. One day i went with her collection secretary to get a check from a company who have an outstanding balance. To kill time since i am waiting for my students. I was awestruck with the employee who accommodated my companion. Filipino Chinese din, he is dashingly handsome and clean-neat looking. I asked my companion who he was and she told him maybe it is the brother of the owner. I was giddingly high school smitten!! I told the mother of my wards hook me up pronto!! She happily obliged.(chineses are fond of matching and they get an ampao(red envelope with cash or anything) for a good match and ending). She did introduce me to the brother of the owner but it is the wrong guy!! The guy that i apparently like was the nephew.Tough luck!! But i cant tell her it is the wrong man. nakakahiya. But he asked me politely my phone number. (this is circa early 90’s. no cellphone at that time ha!!) He is okay and not dashingly-handsome-clean-neat guy but averagely will do. No light bulb and no sparks flew.
    The next day he called me and i accommodated his hellos. and in the next days ahead, months and years he would call me untiringly. He pursued me diligently. He has plans. His nephew was a playboy and no spendthrift. My man was completely his opposite. God pushed me to him and him to me. But i think it was my dad’s spirit. I am thankful. It has been 12 years we were married. I am so blessed. And so was my boss. She got a fat ampao!!
    It was a secret up to now that i once had a crush on his nephew and not even my husband knows this. But i love my husband with all my heart and soul. And i am grateful.

  13. Waaahhhh! My comment and my entry somehow did not get through earlier this morning! It seems that it is being blocked by Akismet. Maybe because it’s a Friendster blog. So I just sent you the link.

    I wrote the blog a few months ago and I just edited the second to the last paragraph to customize with the subject of this contest and found a better way to end my blog. Thanks to the inimitable Noemi Dado. =)

  14. Hey Noemi,

    I’m interested in joining my entry the contest. I posted a “Love truck” entry this month, and I’m not trying my luck on it. Please give it visit here when you get a chance. I’ll also email you the link to make sure 🙂

    Cheers always,

  15. @rolly- I saw your link. Please add the link to this contest and make your entry show the current period of the contest. (between January 26 to February 23). Your old love story entry is acceptable but just have to make it current.

    @marjie- thanks so much!

  16. Hi Noemi,

    I received your reply. So the blog to be entered should be written within the promo period and I need to re-post my blog to update it to this date so that I can join. I’m not sure if I’m willing to do that. It was one of those “spur-of-the-moment” writing and I don’t want to re-post it because it would lose the significance of the date. I know I did update it and added a paragraph but only so that I can join your contest and the date I wrote it was retained.

    However I still want to join the contest. I’ll think about it. =)


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  25. hi, ms. noemi! i just want to try if i can enter the contest…here’s the link of my love story

    i love reading these kinds of stories…thanks to your blog, i have all the time to read other entries as well while i’m under medication as of the moment..

    happy valentine’s…
    and advanced happy anniversary….

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