Photo-essay contest winners urged to nourish “seed” of entrepreneurship



At the awarding ceremonies of the SERDEF “Small is Beautiful” photo-essay contest, winners were urged to let the “seed” the contest may have planted in them to take root, grow, and spread into something tremendous.

In his speech at the end of the programme, Dr. Paterno V. Viloria, SERDEF president said that “to have a seed is to have everything.”

Dr. Viloria was referring to the SERDEF’s advocacy of providing fertile ground for the seed of entrepreneurship to grow – “the tree that blossoms and bear fruits of enterprising citizens, enterprising communities, enterprising governments, enterprising support organizations and enterprising young people.”


The winners of the contest were led by Stefanie Andrea Miranda, 16, from St. Paul College Pasig, grand prize winner.  Runner-up winners were:  Airah Mariz Caragay, 17, from New Era University;  Emerson Catindoy, 19, from Microcadd Institute; Donita Camille Cueto, 20, from the National Teachers College; and Janina Carly Buensuceso, 17, from Holy Child Academy.

Consolation prizes were awarded to: Ysabel Victoriano from Dela Salle – Saint Benilde; Elizabeth Mae Gumila from St. Paul College Pasig; Cleo Larouse Chianpian from Dela Salle University; and Rae Carlo Acedera from Adamson University.

Dr. Herminia Fajardo, SERDEF Trustee, delivered the opening remarks which gave a backgrounder on the contest.  She said this year’s contest targeted the youth as “theirs are the minds most open to entrepreneurial values and concepts.”  She added that the photo-essay contest was considered a good way for young people “to seriously think about and internalize the SERDEF’s entrepreneurship advocacy.


Media Consultant Myrna R. Co, who presented the winning photo-essays, explained that the entries that won were those that took care to tell an interesting story as well as to take technically-competent pictures.  “They won because both words and images stayed close to the theme ‘small is beautiful.’”

In her response, grand prize winner Stefanie Miranda shared the insights she gained from looking at entrepreneurs around her, talking to them, taking pictures of their products and processes, and telling their story.

SERDEF Board Secretary Dr. Paz Diaz took cognizance of contestants who didn’t make it to the circle of winners but submitted excellent photographs which will be featured, with those of winners, in the upcoming 2016 SERDEF calendar.  These contestants were awarded consolation prizes.


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