Centennial Essay Writing Contest

The Gov. Salvador K. Demeterio Centennial Essay Writing Contest is one of the activities of the 100-day VSU’s Centennial Anniversary countdown. 

Gov. Salvador K. Demeterio was a visionary leader whose contributions continue to inspire us today. When Salvador Demeterio was a delegate to the First National Assembly, he made Macrohon a separate municipality in 1907. Demeterio was also elected as governor of Leyte and the Capitol Building of Tacloban was built during his term. Gov. Salvador K. Demeterio was behind the establishment of Baybay Agricultural School (BAS), now VSU, in 1924.

To celebrate the legacy of Gov. Salvador K. Demeterio, an essay writing contest is held for aspiring writers to showcase their writing skills. The contest is jointly organized by the Baybay Writers’ Collective, the Culture and the Arts Center, the Department of Arts, Languages, and Literature, and the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences. Prizes and funding are provided by the great-grandchildren of Gov. Salvador K. Demeterio, led by Dr. Feorillo Petronillo A. Demeterio III, Director of De La Salle University’s (DLSU) University Coordination Office and full professor at the Department of Filipino of the College of Liberal Arts.

The theme for this essay writing contest is “The Role of a State University in Developing the Region”.


1st Prize – 10,000.00 PhP
2nd Prize – 5, 000.00 PhP
3rd Prize – 3, 000.00 PhP

Who can join the contest?

  1. Must be a bona fide college student of the Visayas State University system and is officially enrolled in the second semester of 2023-2024. 
  2. Relatives, up to the first and second degree, by consanguinity or affinity of CAC members and of DALL and DPSS faculty and staff are ineligible to participate in the contest.  
  3. Members of the Baybay Writers’ Collective are also ineligible to join the contest.

How to join?

Please register online using this link: https://rb.gy/7ad9vl or scan the QR code:

Deadline of Registration is on March 4, 2024.


  1. The board of judges shall provide the topic of the essay at the venue of the competition. 
  2. Essay in English shall be written between 600 and 800 words. 
  3. A deduction of two (2) points shall be applied when the words used are less or more than the prescribed number of words. 
  4. The contestants shall be given two (2) hours to develop their composition. 
  5. The contestants shall be provided with a pen and a long bond paper marked with the assigned number duly signed by the contest master. 
  6. The contestants are prohibited from writing any identifiable marks on their paper, such as their name, student number, degree program and year.
  7. No printed materials, electronic gadgets, or storage devices shall be utilized. 
  8. Each contestant shall be assigned a number.
  9. The result of the contest will be announced on March 15, 2024, during the closing ceremony of the CAS Month Celebration. 
  10. The judges’ decision is final.

Competition_Venue.jpeg(Mechanics and criteria are adapted from the 2017 Manual of Operation of the PASUC National Culture and the Arts Festival.)

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