Young Filipinos shine in art competition on Internet safety

Jay Portallo’s winning entry

Jay Portallo’s winning entry

TREND MICRO, a global leader in security software and solutions, announced on March the winners of the 2014-2015 edition of their “What’s Your Story?” art competition, which called on the Filipino youth to create art to raise national awareness on online security.

They are Jay Portallo from Iligan City East National High School, Lanao del Norte (primary); Cheska Tayoto of the Saint Jerome Emiliani Institute in Cavite (secondary); and Nico Rapisora from De La Salle University, Manila (tertiary). Audience Choice went to Justine Mercado from the Tabernacle of Faith Christian Academy.

“What’s Your Story?” is an advocacy of Trend Microto build awareness on Internet safety and at the same time, help Filipino kids and families benefit from online security.

The Audience Choice by Justine Mercado

The Audience Choice by Justine Mercado

This year, Trend Micro called on young Filipinos from all school levels (primary, secondary, tertiary) to submit artwork under the theme “Creating a Positive Impact in the Community through Internet Safety.” The contest was launched on the Click Right! Facebook page.

Click Right! is Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids and Families initiative in the Philippines. After the contest’s online launch in November, Trend Micro conducted roadshows with Greenfield and Museo Pambata where students, kids, and their families had the chance to bond, create artwork and submit their entries right after.

Finally, after three months and 182 eligible submissions, the finalists were named and their entries were uploaded on Trend Micro’s Facebook page. A grand prize winner was chosen for each category: primary, secondary and tertiary. Each of the grand prize winners took home $1,000.

The work of Cheska Tayoto

The work of Cheska Tayoto

In line with this campaign, the company implements annual competitions to give Filipinos an opportunity to participate and be part of Trend Micro’s vision of threat-free cyberspace.

In 2013, the pilot year of“What’s Your Story?” in the Philippines, Filipino youth uploaded their most creative videos on how they can maintain a good online reputation. One winner in the school category was Marie Pellejowith her video “The Story of My (Online) Life.”


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