Smiles for the World: A Filipino Photo Essay Contest on Calidad Humanasmiles

The Philippine Embassy of Chile, the Philippine Embassy of Brazil, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, University of Asia & the Pacific, University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Coca Cola, McDonald’s and the Philippine Star are jointly organizing the national photography essay competition dubbed as “Smiles for the World.”

It is intended to showcase through the medium of photography and a short essay the delight of the Filipino smile as an expression of human qualities such as friendship, steadfastness, cheerfulness, optimism, fortitude and resilience, among others, thus portraying a culture of excellence in society.

Participation for this year’s competition is open to all Filipino citizens, regardless of age, place of residence and occupation.  Deadline for submission of entries is on 28 February 2013, and the awarding ceremonies are expected to be held in the first week of July.   The cash awards are US$ 1,000 for first place; US$ 600 for second place; and US$ 400 for third place.  There shall likewise be non-cash prizes.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the said competition to highlight the beauty of the Filipino smile and its cultural value.  For inquiries and mechanics, please visit

The deadline for submission of entries has been extended to 30 April 2013. END.