Chiden Balmes, a graduate of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, has won the prize money of ¥200,000 or P 112,344 for his entry to Japan’s ‘Prize of Excellence in the Japan Foreign Trade Council Inc. Essay Competition 2011,’ gma news said.
His essay titled “The Making of New Innovative Japan: Road Map to Great Recovery,” topped the competition participated in by 43 countries with 186 submissions for the competition’s theme 'Vision for a New Japan after 3.11.'
The Essay Competition selection committee members chose his entry for “the clear, structured way in which the author frames his thoughts,” saying Balmes “frames his argument by saying that Japan needs to become an ‘innovation superpower’, and compellingly outlines the potential Japan has in three areas: Entrepreneurial Japan; Green Japan; and Global Japan."
The Prize of Excellence in the Japan Foreign Trade Council Inc. was founded in June 1947 as a core private-sector organization in the area of international trade.