Art competition stands up for Internet safety

While useful, the Internet can be a dangerous place. An offensive post by a classmate can leave a lasting impact on a teenager. Unmoderated use can expose the innocent to sexual predators. Online commerce transactions can make one's finances vulnerable to scammers.

Present during the launch of the art contest are (from left) Myla Pilao,
Trend Micro Philippines marketing director; Anna Beltran, Trend Micro
Philippines digital marketing lead; Cyrene Tumaliuan, Trend Micro
Philippines eLearning developer; and Karen Lopez, Trend Micro
Philippines global citizenship program coordinator.

In connection with this, global security company Trend Micro called on 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. 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 by promoting online security.

"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," said Myla Pilao, marketing director at Trend Micro Philippines.

“Through this art contest, we look forward to the great participation from the younger generation who is highly aware of how to protect themselves online,” said Karen Lopez, global citizen program coordinator at Trend Micro Philippines. “Young Filipinos who are educated on the importance of online safety are more likely to take steps to keep themselves digitally safe than kids who aren’t. This art competition will help create awareness to those who need it the most.”

Anna Beltran and Cyrene Tumaliuan share tips on how to set a good
example to their kids about being safe online.

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 [email protected] 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 Jan. 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

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