E.R. Web Team
June 17, 2012
A notable award for Laguna in the field of writing was realized when Mr. Jose Paulo Cheeseman Calcetas brought honour to his province after receiving his first international award as confirmed last June 4, 2012 in the 3rd International Dokdo Essay Writing Contest of Seoul, South Korea.
The above-mentioned international competition was organized by the Korea Times and the Northeast Asian History Foundation dubbed “Why was Dokdo omitted in the final version of the San Francisco Peace Treaty?” It aimed to explore the claim of Korea and Japan over the Dokdo islets and the cause of territorial dispute of the two neighboring countries.
The competition started the accumulation of entries from March 8 to May 13, 2012 conducted online through electronic mail. Each entry is consisted of 800 words.
Fortunately, Mr. Calcetas’ essay entitled DOKDO: THE BEATING PULSE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO PEACE TREATY received special citation.
From 27 countries of more or less 900 entries, 12 winners were selected with the following title and prizes: Gold Prize winner to receive 1.5M won, two (2) Silver Prize winners to receive 500,000 won each, three (3) Bronze Prize winners to receive 300,000 won, and six (6) notable mentions to receive 50,000 won goods coupon each. Awards will be received on July 5, 2012 at Seoul Hotel, Seoul, South Korea.
In addition, the 12 winning essays will be published on the November issue of the Korea Times, the oldest independent and most influential English newspaper in Korea being circulated in 160 countries. Entries will also be published in a booklet intented for Korean Embassies, universities, colleges, government offices, and an e-book open for public.
Mr. Calcetas is a government employee, a private school publication moderator, an award-winning scholastic journalist for 16 years (and still counting) and teaches journalism classes to public schools and groups for free. It was clearly reflected in his statement, “it is my advocacy as a journalism teacher to teach free in schools that can not afford a journalism trainer.” (Article Edward C. Aquino/Analee P. Vergel)