Trend Micro Philippines Launches 'What's Your Story' 2014 Art Competiton for Young Filipinos! Join Now!

“Trend Micro endeavors to spread greater awareness on the significance of online security especially for Filipino kids and families. In line with this, we have worked hard to launch and implement this year’s 'What’s Your Story?' art competition so the youth can have a platform to share how they can best create a positive impact through Internet safety,” said Ms. Myla Pilao, Marketing Director at Trend Micro Philippines, when the company formally launched the contest at the UCC Mentore Cafe in Makati City last November 27, 2014.

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Last year, the grand winner of the global competition came from the Philippines and I'm hoping that we can do a back-to-back. So if you, your kids or your students are qualified to join, make sure you send your entries.

After the launch, I had a conversation with Miss Myla and she told me there are still many Pinoy households across the country that are not aware of the threats that could harm them every time they access the internet and log on to their social networking accounts. With just one click, a child or any member of the family could visit a malicious site that automatically plants trojans and worms on PCs, which can then potentially steal valuable information and corrupt important files. With this competition, Trend Micro hopes to open the eyes of every Filipino to these threats so that they could take on necessary measures to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their community.

Committed to keep kids and teens safe online, Trend Micro, the leading global security company, is calling for young Filipinos from all school levels (primary to tertiary) to submit posters or artwork designed to inspire others to create a difference in the community through Internet safety. First launched in 2013, this year’s edition of “What’s Your Story?” aims to encourage the youth to harness their talent and creativity to express how they can leave a positive impact in the country through promoting online security.

Internet safety is a significant element in shaping a healthy community. In the Philippines, as a country with 38% Internet penetration rate, a large number of young netizens consume online information, and without proper digital lifestyle education, potential dangers can negatively affect their everyday lives. An offensive Facebook post can emotionally scar a bullied child. Unmoderated use of the Internet can expose kids to sexual predators. Malicious software can steal from a family’s savings account. These threats are alarming, and Trend Micro, as a company, strives to meaningfully use its capabilities and partners with the Filipino youth groups and organizations to help raise awareness.

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Trend Micro's Partner Parents along with Mervin Wenke of Ogilvy PR talk about the importance of internet safety in the context of the modern Filipino family and community.

“Protecting kids and families online is a shared responsibility. We hope that this campaign will inspire more private and non-private organizations to join us and take sustainable action for Internet safety in the community," Miss Myla added.

The 2014 "What’s Your Story?" art competition encourages the youth to speak their mind and influence their peers on Internet stewardship through originally created posters or artwork inspired by the theme, “Creating a Positive Impact in the Community through Internet Safety.”

Trend Micro officially welcomes all netizens to submit their A4-sized artwork, either in digital or traditional format. The contest is open to three categories of entrants: (1) primary school students (grades 1-7) (2) secondary (grades 8-12), and (3) tertiary/college students (years 1-5). The entries of participants between 13 and 17 must be submitted by a school representative. The digital copy of the entry must be emailed at trendlabs_iskf@support.trendmicro.com while the hard copy must be delivered to Trend Micro Philippines office (8F Rockwell Business Center Tower 2, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig 1100). The deadline of submission is on January 31, 2015.

There will be a grand prize winner for each category (primary, secondary and tertiary entrants). The three grand prize winners will take home $1,000 each. A special “Audience Choice” prize amounting to $300 (regardless of category) will be awarded based on the number of Facebook “likes” and “shares” garnered on the art piece. For judging and public viewing purposes, the entries will be displayed in the form of an art gallery.

For more information on the contest, visit the official contest page at https://www.facebook.com/ClickRightPH/app_208195102528120

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