Pioneer: Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

School plays changed me and my appreciation for theater. It is an art created by passion and perseverance of many different departments (I am usually under art dept, but also tried acting and even lights!), only to showcase the results for one night, minimum. 

I am happy every time I get to attend events that have a touch of theater to it. Last August 27, Pioneer Insurance Company announces Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition during its launch in Conti's Greenbelt, Makati. Brought me back to school and extra-curicular days!

Since 1954, Pioneer has been in the service of insuring Filipinos in the things we value the most. And through the decades, it has also found inspiration through the arts, and has supported the artistic community through insurance coverage and sponsorships.

Through Pioneer's Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition, young and aspiring playwrights are encouraged to follow their dreams by creating fresh ideas of hope-full stories. This can be about Filipino resilience, or being positive despite challenging situations.

The contest is open to college students nationwide. The hope-themed script must be a one-act play, and can be written in English, Filipino, or Taglish. Submission is from September 1 to November 6, 2015, and winner will be announced on December 14, 2015.

The price is Php 25, 000, plus insurance coverage from Pioneer. For more information on the competition, visit

Aside from the competition, Pioneer also sponsors Virgin Labfest 11, an annual playwriting competition organized by Tanghalang Pilipino, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and Writer's Bloc, Inc. Out of the hundred entries submitted, 12 unpublished and untried plays were chosen to be staged at the CCP from June 24 to July 12, 2015. Congrats to the winners!

We were treated to a sample play from the Virgin Labfest during the launch.

Meanwhile, Juan Miguel Severo's Hintayan ng Langit received the "Pioneer's Choice" recognition for its excellent portrayal of hope. 

"Pioneer has always been inspired by the arts and with this, we are honored that Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP, and Writer’s Bloc, Inc. have partnered with us in our Stories of Hope campaign,” said Pioneer Marketing Head Len Pozon. 

She then added, “Through this partnership, we want to spark the curiosity and understanding of the theater community, as well as heighten the appreciation of Filipino culture among students.” 

Another exciting new is that Pioneer has organized the Virgin Labfest Campus Tour, so that the winning plays will be showcased to select universities and colleges in the Metro. There will also be an open forum with their respective directors and playwrights. 

Here's the schedule:

September 1 - Miriam College
September 23 - Lyceum of the Philippines University
September 30 - UST
October 5 - University of Makati
October 13 - De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde

For inquiries, feel free to call Kris Caturay of Digital Marketing at (02) 812-7777 local 455. See you there!

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