PH schools in Middle East join arts, literary tilt

By Rowen Soldevilla, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

Posted at Nov 30 2012 12:01 PM | Updated as of Nov 30 2012 08:29 PM

MUSCAT, Oman – The Philippine Embassy in Muscat organized the first arts and literary contest that was participated by Philippine schools in the Middle East.

The embassy received almost 700 painting and essay entries from students of 29 Philippine schools from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman for its competition dubbed as “Art as a Reality: Young Lives in Transition”.

The competition was endorsed by Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) and the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA).

The contest aims to provide children of overseas Filipino workers an opportunity to describe their experiences in embracing their lives in the Middle East using arts and literary forms.

Viviene May Ordoñez, a 3rd year participant from the Philippine School Muscat, was so optimistic when she joined the competition.

“The title of my entry is Nomads Creed. I chose that title because I see the children of OFWs as nomads. We are able to travel to different places, meeting people and have new experiences,” she said.

Judges from the NCCA will announce the winners in January 2013. The winners will receive an iPAD, laptop and a scholarship from AMA Computer College.

The winning entries will be featured in an art exhibit and will be published in a coffee table book, which the embassy will launch during the 115th Independence Day celebrations in June 2013.