Announcement of Awardees

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the SEAMEO Regional Centres congratulate all awardees and express appreciation to all 82 writers who participated in the SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Essay Writing Contest under the topic of 'My Memory of SEAMEO'.


1st Prize

  Mrs Neva Ancheta Manding
  Teacher III
  Ilocos Norte National High School
  Laoag City, Philippines

Affiliated with SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in
Mathematics (SEAMEO QITEP in Maths), Indonesia as a trainee
during May-June 2013

Essay of Mrs Neva Ancheta Manding


2nd Prize

  Ms Ng Jueh Hiang
  Master Teacher for English
  SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching,
  Sarawak, Malaysia

Affiliated with SEAMEO Secretariat’s SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award,
from September 2013 to October 2014

Essay of Ms Ng Jueh Hiang


3rd Prize

  Mr Raphael Orenday Cada
  Senior Associate
  Quezon City, Philippines

Affiliated with SEAMEO Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH),
Philippines as a staff member
from September 2007 to present.

Essay of Mr Raphael Orenday Cada


Shortlisted Essays
(By alphabetical order)

Note: All shortlisted essays and participating essay writers will receive the Certificate from the SEAMEO Secretariat.

Name/ Address Current Position,
Organization and Country
Affiliation with
SEAMEO Centre(s)
Duration of Experience
Type of Activity with SEAMEO
Azaharaini Hj Mohd Jamil (Dr)

To view the Essay

Senior Lecturer, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam SEAMEO VOCTECH, Brunei Darussalam Jan 1990 - Jan 1994 Centre Director
Benito Espena Benoza (Mr)

To view the Essay

Manager, Knowledge Management and Networking Office, SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand, and
1975 - Present Knowledge Management, Networking & Business Development
Do Quang Huy (Mr)

To view the Essay

Fresh Graduate, Foreign Trade University, Vietnam SEAMEO SPAFA, Thailand 1 - 4 Oct 2014 Participant in the 1st SEAMEO Youth Leadership Forum
Editha C Cedicol (Dr)

To view the Essay

Professor, Nagoya University Satellite Campus - Cambodia SEAMEO SEARCA, Philippines 1 Apr 1986 - 31 Dec 2013;
Feb - May 2014
Graduate Scholarship Program; Capacity Building; Institutional Development
Erwin Jun V Daguio (Mr)

To view the Essay

Master Teacher II, Department of Education- Bacarra National Comprehensive High School, Philippines SEAMEO QITEP in Science, Indonesia 4 - 14 Jun 2013 Training Course on Science Laboratory Management
Hazleen Binte Hamdan (Ms)

To view the Essay
Business Development Operations Executive, SEAMEO RELC, Singapore SEAMEO RELC, Singapore May 1991 - Oct 2014 Education Services and Hotel
Maria Margaretta (Retty) Hakim (Mrs)

To view the Essay

Public Relation and Multimedia Specialist, St John’s Catholic School, Indonesia SEAMEO RELC, Singapore Apr 1997 Short Course
Nelia P Salazar (Dr)

To view the Essay

Consultant, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Department of Health, Philippines SEAMEO TROPMED Network, Thailand Apr 1990 - Dec 2000 Deputy Coordinator
Neva Ancheta Manding (Mrs)

To view the Essay

Teacher III, Ilocos Norte National High School, Philippines SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics, Indonesia May - Jun 2013 Course on Joyful Learning in Mathematics Education for Junior Secondary School Mathematics Teacher
Ng Jueh Hiang (Ms)

To view the Essay

Master Teacher for English, SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand Sep 2013 - Oct 2014 2013 SEAMEO Japan ESD Award
Philip John Purnell (Mr)

To view the Essay

Manager, Educational Research & Innovation SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines 1 Aug 2001 - Present Research and Capability Building
Raphael Orenday Cada (Mr)

To view the Essay

Senior Associate, SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines Sept 2007 - Present Training, Technology Transfer
Rhea Christina Rabin (Ms)

To view the Essay

Researcher Project Consultant, SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines Jan 2010 - Apr 2013; Nov 2013 - Present Drafting of Concept Paper/Research Instruments, Collection of Data, Organizing Workshops, Writing of Research Papers
Truong Thanh Tong (Mr)

To view the Essay

High School Teacher, and
Med. & Educational Researcher,
Nguyen Thien Thanh
High School for
the Gifted, Vietnam
SEAMEO RETRAC, Vietnam Jul 2007 - Sep 2012 English Training, Teaching Methods and Strategies Educational Management Leadership


Evaluation and Selection Process

  1. 1st Screening by the Writing Contest Screening Committee to scan submitted entries in accordance to the criteria and to select the shortlist for the Writing Contest Selection Committee. The Committee is represented by the SEAMEO Secretariat’s staff.

    Members of the Writing Contest Screening Committee are as follows:
    • Mr Ismariwan Shamsudin, Programme Support Officer, SEAMEO Secretariat
    • Mrs Natcha Kampiranond, Administration Manager, SEAMEO Secretariat
    • Ms Piyapa Su-angavatin, External Relations Officer, SEAMEO Secretariat
    • Ms Srisutha Sriyong, Administrative Officer, SEAMEO Secretariat
  2. 2nd Screening and Blind Selection by the Writing Contest Selection Committee. The Committee is represented by the SEAMEO Regional Centres. The 2nd Screening was conducted to review and evaluate the shortlist, and select the winners according to the criteria. To avoid the biasness, the personnel information of the writers was not disclosed during the selection process.

    Members of the Writing Contest Selection Committee are as follows:
    • Ms Abigail C Lanceta, Programme Officer III (Information), SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand
    • Ms Avril DG Madrid, Program Specialist of Knowledge Resources Unit, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO SEARCA), Philippines
    • Dr Dang Van Hung, Deputy Centre Director, SEAMEO Regional Training Centre, Vietnam
    • Mr Ean Lee, Publication Manager, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts, (SEAMEO SPAFA), Thailand
    • Dr Jesus C Fernandez, Deputy Director for Programm, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (SEAMEO BIOTROP), Indonesia
    • Ms Judith Anne Wagstaff, Lecturer, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre (SEAMEO RELC), Singapore
    • Ms Maria Monina Cecilia A. Villena, Special Projects Coordinator of Biotechnology Information Center, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO SEARCA), Philippines
    • Ms Nova A Ramos, Program Specialist of Training Unit, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO SEARCA), Philippines
    • Ms Wong Lai Cheng, Publication Executive, SEAJMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM), Malaysia

Related Documents of the SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Essay Writing Contest:

  - Information Note
- Submission Form
- Poster (JPEG-A4, A3)

In November 2015, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) will mark half a century of its establishment. As a regional intergovernmental organization established among Southeast Asian countries, SEAMEO takes pride in its achievements over the years as Southeast Asian's leading organization in promoting regional cooperation and human resource development in education, science and culture.

On the occasion of SEAMEO's 50th year anniversary, the Organization is giving SEAMEO family members an opportunity to give everyone a trip down the memory lane through beautifully put together writing pieces. Therefore we are proud to announce the launch of the SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Essay Writing Contest.

The Contest is open to all alumni or current and former staff members of SEAMEO. We expect to receive touching, insightful and inspiring entries on memories related to SEAMEO. They should possess a level of uniqueness and creativity so that the narratives would attract immense reading interest as they draw recollections from the past. Following the given topic, writers can revisit some of their most memorable moments, events, or even their feelings and impressions coming from their personal experiences. Their stories can be told in the form of reflectional essays, or anecdotes.

I. Objectives:

The objectives of the SEAMEO's 50th Anniversary Essay Writing Contest are as follows:

  1. To promote the SEAMEO's works and contributions for human resource development in the Southeast Asian region on the occasion of 50th Year Anniversary;
  2. To create an opportunity for SEAMEO alumni and SEAMEO staff members to share their memories and moments with SEAMEO; and
  3. To build a collection of personal accounts of SEAMEO through the eyes of its alumni and staff members and archives of the Organisation's history.
II. Topic for Essay Writing:

Considering the occasion of SEAMEO's 50th Year Anniversary, the topic of the SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Essay Writing Contest is "My Memory of SEAMEO".

III. Eligible Participants:

All alumni and current staff members of SEAMEO Regional Centres including former and current SEAMEO Desk Officers and coordinators at the SEAMEO Member Countries, SEAMEO Associated Member Countries, and Affiliate Members are encouraged to reminisce on their past experiences and reencounter with their most memorable or cherished feelings and emotions in order to share these recollections with other staff members on this 50th Year Anniversary through a 400-600 words essay.

The eligible participants are:

1. SEAMEO Alumni includes:

  1. Participants of SEAMEO Centres and SEAMEO Secretariat's conferences/seminars/forums/activities;
  2. Researchers, fellows, scholars, trainees and students that participated in the SEAMEO Centres and SEAMEO Secretariat's activities and training programmes
  3. All levels of former full-time/part-time staff members of SEAMEO Regional Centres
  4. Experts, trainers and resource persons who had worked with SEAMEO Regional Centres
  5. Former SEAMEO Desk Officers and Coordinators at SEAMEO Member Countries/Associated Member Countries/Affiliate Members

2. Current full-time/part time staff, resource persons, and specialists of SEAMEO Regional Centres

3. Current SEAMEO Desk Officers/Coordinators in SEAMEO Member Countries/Associate Members Countries/Affiliate Member Countries

*Note: Current staff of the SEAMEO Secretariat will not be eligible to participate in this contest.

IV. Prizes:
  1. The prizes for the winning essays are:
    • 1st Place: USD 600.00
    • 2nd Place: USD 400.00
    • 3rd Place: USD 200.00
  2. All winning articles will be published in 50th Anniversary Commemorative Publication and Video.
  3. All winners and shortlisted candidates will receive certificate from the SEAMEO Secretariat.
V. Judging Criteria
  1. Relevance to the theme My Memory of SEAMEO
  2. Originality (real stories/non-fiction)
  3. Writing Structure
    • Organization
    • Transition
  1. Use of English language
    • Vocabulary
    • Tone
    • Style
  1. Content
    • Captivating
    • Clear point of view
    • Consistency
  1. Human interest and ability to engage attention and sympathy
  2. Creativity and uniqueness
  3. Length of the essay should not be over 1 A4 page or 400-600 words
VI. Submission Rules
  1. Scope of Submitted Entry:
    • Original written essays capturing memories of SEAMEO, for example narratives or anecdotes about/based on experiences with SEAMEO.
  2. The applicants should submit the entry by using the "SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Essay Writing Contest Submission Form", given guidelines include:
    • Format of writing: free narrative, essay, or anecdotal original story.
    • Written in English
    • A4 maximum 1 page, 400-600 words.
    • Font: Times New Roman
    • Font size: 12
    • Margins: standard (1.5 inches on all four sides)
    • Attached photos (optional)
    • Include information such as: full name, organization, contact details, date of experience with SEAMEO, name of SEAMEO Centres that you have/had affiliated with and type of activities. Please see details in the submission form
      (If you are not able to download the form, please request the submission form by sending an email to
  3. The digital file of the completed “SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Essay Writing Contest Form” should be submitted to the SEAMEO Secretariat at this email address:
  4. Deadline for entry submission: 15 October 2014
VII. Important Dates:
10 August -15 October 2014

Period for submission of entries to email address:

15 October 2014

The last day for submission of entries

20 November 2014

Announcement of the winners on the SEAMEO website

VIII. Rules and Conditions:
  1. In entering this competition, all applicants must acknowledge and guarantee that their entries are their original works and do not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the essay.
  2. The SEAMEO Secretariat shall keep all data entered by the applicants in the Submission Form as confidential. However, applicants must agree that such personal data, especially name, organization, address and information that the applicants have/had associated with SEAMEO may be processed, shared, and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of this Contest.
  3. The SEAMEO Secretariat shall have the right to store the winning entries and finalists in its database and also use them for publication purposes.
IX. Contacts Details:

For enquiry, please contact:

SEAMEO Essay Writing Contest
SEAMEO Secretariat
920 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey District,
Bangkok 10110, THAILAND


Tel: +662 391 0144
Fax: +662 381 2587

IX. Other References: