• Young Pinoys invited to doodle for Google

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    A FILIPINO student or learner will have a chance to see his or her artwork on the Google Philippines homepage.

    This was announced by Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Tuesday as he urged students and learners to join the Google Philippines’ Doodle 4 Google Program, a competition that gives Filipino students—both in formal and non-formal schools—the chance to create and design a Google doodle.

    “We support Google Philippines Inc. in its aim to encourage the Filipino youth to be creative both online and offline through Google 4 Doodle,” Luistro said.

    The competition, according to the Education secretary, will open opportunities for the learners to learn 21st century skills, one of the goals of the K to 12 program.

    Besides the chance to see his or her artwork on Google’s homepage, the winner will receive an educational grant from BPI Foundation, an art kit from National Book Store and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

    The overall winner’s school or community learning center will receive a connectivity grant from PLDT-Smart Foundation.

    Ryan Morales, Google Philippines’ country marketing manager, said the company is looking forward to inspiring the nation with a doodle “that will not only reflect the beautiful synergy between art and technology but also speak of the beautiful spirit of selflessness and service of the Filipino people through the eyes of the children.”

    Luistro said the Department of Education hopes the program will not only ignite passion for art and culture among the youth but also inspire them to help improve the country.

    The competition, with the theme “What I Can Do for the Philippines,” is open to students and learners aged 5 to 17, residing in the Philippines and enroled in formal school or enlisted in the Alternative Learning System from both public and private schools.

    Entries are classified into four groups: a.) 5-8 years old; b.) 9-11 years old; c.) 12-14 years old, and d.) 15-17 years old.

    Public voting for the finalists’ doodles is from October 6 to 26, 2016.

    The winners will be announced on November 8.

    The overall winning doodle will be featured on Google Philippines’ homepages for 24 hours in November.

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