The “Write to Ignite Blogging Project” is back for Season 2 to continue championing the triumph of the human spirit through inspiring stories during these challenging times. “Dear Survivor”, the theme for Write to Ignite Season 2, puts a hopeful light on everyone who are affected by the recent crises. It aims to pull and collate powerful stories from the Philippine blogging communities to inspire the nation to rise and move forward amidst the difficult situation.
In the recently concluded Special Virtual Awarding Ceremony of the Write to Ignite Blogging Project Season 2, Katrina Rivera of Kwento Ni Kat from Negros Occidental emerged as the Grand Champion. In her entry entitled “Dear Survivor: On Why It Is Important to Remember Names,” she pens a heartfelt insight on names, its importance, and why remembering them can help us live our lives to the fullest.
Carla Araniego-Sangoyo of Bilssful Guro from Malabon, and Marjorie Ma-Ano of Dakilang Laagan from Cebu City were announced 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively. Sangoyo won for her entry “A Lesson from the Future”, about what it really feels like to become a teacher during the pandemic, while Ma-Ano won for her article “A Letter To My Present Self,” which chronicles the inspiring journey of a woman walking through the different battles and uncertainties she faced in this time.
Meanwhile, Berlin Domingo-Maynigo of Momi Berlin from Quezon City, and Sarah Andres of Sarwrites from Davao City were awarded 3rd and 4th runners-up respectively. Maynigo won for her entry “Surviving COVID-19″, about her family’s triumphant battle against the COVID-19 virus, and Andres for the story “What Is More Contagious Than the Virus?”, a personal letter for her future self, narrating her learnings and experiences of living during the pandemic.
As Grand Champion, Rivera will receive PHP 30,000, AirAsia domestic flight round-trip ticket, Xiaomi mobile phone, Jobstreet FutureLearn digital course, and merchandise items from participating brands. The 1st runner-up Araniego-Sangoyo will receive PHP 20,000, AirAsia domestic flight round-trip ticket, Xiaomi mobile phone, Jobstreet FutureLearn digital course, and merchandise items from participating brands. The 2nd runner-up Ma-Ano will receive PHP 15,000, AirAsia domestic flight round-trip ticket, Xiaomi mobile phone, Jobstreet FutureLearn digital course, and merchandise items from participating brands. The 3rd runner-up Domingo-Maynigo will receive PHP 12,000 and the 4th runner-up Andres will receive PHP 10,000 respectively. Both prizes will be on top of Jobstreet FutureLearn digital course and merchandise items from participating brands.
Rivera, Araniego-Sangoyo, Ma-Ano, Maynigo and Andres were also given an opportunity to donate to their chosen non-government organizations accredited by ComCo Southeast Asia such as Gawad Kalinga, Make a Wish Foundation, Save the Children, World Vision, and WWF.
In addition, Write to Ignite Season 2’s major sponsor AirAsia, gave the AirAsia Special Award on Story of Journey to Earl Guevarra of Dreamslayer from Quezon City for his entry “To You: Surviving and Overcoming the Odds” which best reflects AirAsia’s brand’s mission and storytelling. Guevarra received an AirAsia domestic flight round-trip ticket.
Here is the full list of winners.
“We have to overcome the fear of knowing other people will read our stories – our weakness and vulnerabilities can be our strength. Thank you, ComCo SEA, this event is encouraging us to share and let people know that each of our stories are valid,” said Katrina Rivera of Kwento Ni Kat.
Carla Araniego-Sangoyo of Blissful Guro dedicated her win to her loved ones, most especially her mother who was in ICU battling COVID-19 during the awarding and to the survivors that continue to inspire her during this time, “Thank you, ComCo SEA for this chance to share the experiences of all during the pandemic.”
“We have to acknowledge that all stories are valid. Thank you so much, ComCo SEA, for acknowledging and allowing us to really share what we feel,” said Marjorie Ma-Ano of Dakilang Laagan.
“Write to Ignite Blogging Project Season 2: Dear Survivor” broke the first season’s record by receiving 108 total entries, which is a 54.29% increase from last year’s record, coming from various locations in the country.
“While reading your stories, I can’t help but feel proud of what ComCo Southeast Asia and its partners have created – the Write to Ignite Blogging Project. Through this initiative, born right at the middle of a crisis, of a pandemic, answering a question on what we can do for our community of brand partners, writers and NGOs, a social media initiative was able to cull wonderful stories that inspire great writers to “write again”, connect to people, touch lives, and event move a nation,” said Mr. Ferdinand Bondoy, ComCo Southeast Asia’s Regional Integration and Chief Executive Director.
“To all of you, the storytellers of the Write to Ignite Blogging Project Season 2: Dear Survivor, the great 108, the top 40, and the winners, all of you are champions. I salute you for your bravery, for your generosity, for your craftsmanship to champion humanity amid challenging times. Thank you for sharing your stories, for being part of this cause, and for contributing to igniting social change.”
The Top 40 storytellers for the second season of “Write to Ignite” hailed from the blogging communities all over the Philippines, including Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Baguio, Ilocos Sur, Marinduque, Albay, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Cagayan De Oro, Davao, and Misamis Oriental. They belong to The Great 108 storytellers who participated in the project and shared their experiences and life lessons during this time.
Here is the full list of The Great 108 storytellers for “Write to Ignite Blogging Project” Season 2.
The entries were screened and evaluated by a board of jurors composed of distinguished professionals from the fields of communications, marketing, advocacy, journalism, and social media. Chaired by ComCo Southeast Asia’s Regional Integration and Chief Executive Director Ferdinand Bondoy, the Jury includes:
Write to Ignite Blogging Project Season 2: Dear Survivor is made possible by ComCo Southeast Asia, with Eastern Communications and Jobstreet as co-presenters, with AirAsia and Xiaomi Philippines as major sponsors, and with Teleperformance as sponsor. SEA Wave pop culture magazine is the official media partner.
Watch the campaign video below.
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About ComCo Southeast Asia
ComCo Southeast Asia is a trailblazing and global award-winning integrated communications agency powered by the coalition of premier brand architects, inspired storytellers, and communication trailblazers in the region. Based in the Philippines and with affiliate network presence in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, ComCo SEA takes the lead in the innovation of premier brands and growth of up-and-coming businesses through the emerging global disciplines of New PR – a strategy based, content-driven, and channel-agnostic way of doing PR, and Smart Social – a holistic, authentic and integrated approach in the maximization of digital and social channels.
At the core of ComCo SEA is its unique brand of Meaningful Storytelling based on its corporate mantra and the mission to Ignite Brand Love, Social Change, Talent Growth and Regional Collaboration. In just 5 years, the Agency has done groundbreaking works for more than 65 local, regional and international brands including reputable development and humanitarian organizations. ComCo SEA has been awarded twice as Agency of the Year 2nd Runner-up at the IABC Philippine Quill Awards, Finalist for Boutique PR Consultancy of the Year in Asia at Campaign Asia Pacific’s PR Awards Asia, and 76 metals from various local and international award-giving bodies.