WVSU Quezon Hall was the venue of the Write On! Creative Writing Competition organized by the United States Peace Corps volunteers last Feb. 12, 2016 from 11 a.m. to noon that saw more than 50 WVSU students from different colleges vying for a chance to win in the competition that first started in 2003 in Georgia and went international in 2009.
United States Peace Corps volunteers Terry and Alice Daugherty presented to Prof. Villa and Tubola their certificates of recognition signed by US Peace Corps Country Director Jean Seigle last May 6, 2016 through WVSU President Luis M. Sorolla and WVSU COE Dean Hilda Montaño and COE Associate Dean Daisy Rosano.
According to its website (writeoncompetition.wordpress.com), the WOC is judged on a national and international basis. Peace Corps volunteers and local teachers begin preparing students in their communities in December with regional competitions held in February. At the competition, participants choose from a list of writing prompts and are given one hour to respond in English.
“Entries are judged based on the merit of their creativity and inspiration, rather than on grammar or spelling. After the competition, each community organizer submits the entries for national judging and in March, national judging is held by a panel of Peace Corps volunteers and host country nationals.”
Asst. Prof. Villa, having won first place for the Philippines, automatically represented the country at the international level with her entry, “Ganaea”, brought to Tbilisi, Georgia for international judging.
Prof. Villa is the adviser of the COE college publication SILAK and teaches the subjects Creative Writing, Journalism, and Writing in the Discipline at the COE. She is a part-time freelance journalist contributing to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Yahoo! Philippines and Rappler.com.