Hollywood legend Sophia Loren once said, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
In this very meaningful statement from a pop icon, big words that we can consider are “youth” “talent” and “creativity.”
It’s truly worth commending organizations and individuals who initiate programs that will harness, develop and promote untapped potentials of the younger generation.
Take the case of HP, a global leader in technology, which has just culminated the second year of the HP Write and Read 2 program. Covering both private and public schools and universities and reaching 50 student participants for its illustration and poetry writing, HP’s Write and Read program is in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd).
“Last year, when HP started with the first Write and Read, our vision was simply, to inspire. We wanted to reach a handful of students and change how they perceive learning. This year, as we culminate the HP Write and Read 2, we realized that we have reached so much more, and we were able to share to more audience HP’s commitment to creativity, education and of course, learning,” says Franco Flameno, HP’s Marketing Development Manager for Consumer Printers. “HP is thankful to both partners—DepEd and our Write and Read ambassador, Efren Penaflorida, for believing in the HP vision, and agreeing to partner with us.”
The HP Write and Read 2 program was opened to 1st to 4th year high school students based in the National Capital Region (NCR). The contestants underwent a two-day master class either in poetry writing or illustration. The final contest entry was a collaborative work between one writer and one illustrator who underwent the master classes.
This year’s winners who were recognized during a program held at Crown Plaza Manila Galleria in Ortigas today are the following:
1st Place Winners
Entry: Left Behind
Poetry: Miguel Angelo C. Villar of Southville International School and Colleges
Illustration: Jin Ju Park of Southville International School and Colleges
2nd Place Winners
Poetry: Anica Isabella B. Franco of St. Paul College Pasig
Illustration: Ronelle Risha E. Mariano of Colegio San Agustin – Makati
3rd Place Winners
Entry: Where They Converge
Poetry: Meg H. Musngi of St. Paul College Pasig
Illustrator: Jose Carlos Gaston S. Garcia of Colegio San Agustin – Makati
The winners took home the following prizes:
1st Place winners will take home two (2) printers, two (2) desktops, two (2) notebooks, two (2) slate, 50k cash
2nd Place winners will take home two (2) printers, two (2) notebooks, two (2) slate, 20k cash
3rd Place winners will take home two (2) printers, two (2) Slate, 10k cash.
Write and Read ambassador and CNN Hero Efren Penaflorida, for his part said, “Learning is a personal advocacy. I believe that to passing over that love for learning is as important as of course using extremely attractive printed materials are important in nurturing students’ creativity in reading, writing and visual arts, and sustaining that interest.”