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KWENTONG PINOY storytelling contest in Victoria to promote use of Filipino language

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Jason Cordi
Jason Cordi
Editor-in-Chief, The Philippine Times

The University of the Philippines Alumni in Victoria (UPAV) launched Kwentong Pinoy storytelling contest in celebration of the Filipino language* in August with the theme PUSONG PINOY.

What is Kwentong Pinoy storytelling contest?

Kwentong Pinoy storytelling contest is open to primary and secondary school students with the aim to promote and encourage usage of Filipino language amongst the youth in Victoria. Entries can be a short film or talent performance, must be delivered in Filipino, no longer 5 minutes and must be linked with the theme: Pusong Pinoy (Filipino heart).

We encourage students to showcase their talent via creating a short story or narrative about their experience with their Filipino heritage, or simply performing a song, dance, poetry, playing music or any creative skill that would show a story behind the performance. Entrants must provide a short description of their film or performance in English for non-Filipino speakers.

What do you gain from joining the contest?

Shortlisted entries will have the opportunity to perform and show their short film and meet the judging panel including Matthew Victor Pastor, award winning filmmaker, Al Noveloso, PinoyTV Australia producer and media professional and Anna Manuel, professional children’s storyteller and story coach for creative edcators.

The awards event will be hosted by Charlotte Nicdao, lead actress – Mythic Quest. The top 3 awards will be given prizes and opportunity to appear at The Pinoy Lounge tv show.

What are the key dates to this contest?

Key dates include 21 August for deadline of entries, 28 August for shortlisted entries and 4 September for the final awards. Shortlisted entries will be notified via email and entrants will be invited to show their short-film or perform live on the awards event. 

How can you join the contest or participate in the event?

To join, complete the online form with your entry as a video file or link to your video file. Read the entry rules and guidelines to understand what you need to do before you start filming. This can be found on www.upalumnivic.org/kwentongpinoycontest or find us at Isko at Iska sa Melbourne Facebook page, or the University of the Philippines Alumni in Victoria LinkedIn page.

Entrants will be able to join the awards event on Sunday 4 September by invitation. UPAV will provide a link to book tickets available to all non-entrants.

*As part of a small grant submission to the Victorian Government celebrating multiculturalism and diversity in Victoria, UPAV is proud to organise this one-off event. UPAV acknowledges and value to ethno-linguistic diversity and richness of Filipino heritage in Australia. There are 220,048 Filipino or Tagalog-speaking people  representing 75 per cent of 300,000 residents of Australia who are born in the Philippines and speak Filipino and Tagalog in their Australian homes (ABS Census 2021).

UPAV recognises the ongoing contribution of the migrant Filipino community over the past decades and it’s important to continue to practice Filipino language in our daily lives by speaking it with the next generation.

Jason Cordi
Jason Cordi
Editor-in-Chief, The Philippine Times

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