July 9, 2021

Students to celebrate 500 years of Cebuano heroism through writing

In celebration of the 500 years of Cebuano heroism and the 148th birthday of Cebu hero Leon Kilat, the Department of Education Region 7 (DepEd 7), Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel and other heritage institutions will hold a Cebu island-wide Virtual On-the-Spot Essay Writing Contest on July 14, 2021.

Grades 7 to 12 student-contestants from public and private schools in the Cebu island will tackle Cebuano heroism with the specific topic to be announced virtually during the contest proper.

The following are the members of the Board of Judges: Connie Fernandez, Visayas Bureau Chief of the Philippine Daily Inquirer; Lucky Malicay, Editor-in-Chief of The Freeman; Max Limpag of; Michelle So, Executive Editor of SunStar Daily; and Dr. Rene Escalante, Chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

The judges will also share their insights on the essay writing contest during their evaluation of the writing pieces.

The activity is in partnership with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, National Quincentennial Committee, Museo Sugbo, Central Visayas Association of Museums, and Diyandi Heritage Center.

The entries will be displayed in Palm Grass, The Cebu Heritage Hotel’s physical exhibit from July 16 to July 31, 2021.

There will also be a virtual exhibit where the Netizens’ Choice Award will be given to the essay with the most number of reactions.

This contest that will also highlight the Katipunan’s 129th founding anniversary, will have the awarding of winners during the July 27 event, “Leon@148: Celebrating the magic of 500 years of Cebuano heroism.”

The opening program of the contest will be live streamed through the official Facebook page of Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel and its event partners.


For more information on the mechanics of the contest,
call (032) 412-2438, email [email protected],
or visit the event page on Facebook:


For reference:
Rhenadette P. Socajel Content Writer/Social Media Specialist
Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel
68 Gen. Junquera St., Brgy. Kalubihan, Cebu City
Landline: (032) 412-2438 loc. 12