canvas (1/of gallery, 2nd level shops, serendra, global city, tagig) invited me to judge this year's romeo forbes short story for children competition. judging meant going to makati all the way from u.p. diliman.
after the preliminaries, canvas executive director gigo alampay invited this year's judges (me, tin-aw art gallery owner and u.p. alumna dawn atienza and tony / lawrence olivier prizewinning singer/actress lea salonga) to have some afternoon tea at chateau 1771 in greenbelt 5.
the judges enjoyed reading the finalists anonymously. i wondered whether i had past and present students in the finals. surprisingly, we didn't have to labor over our shortlisted finalists and the eventual winner.
by unanimous decision, the winner turned out to be: