Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Three Filipinos won awards in the first Hong Kong Chinese and English Essay Writing Competition. Entries in the contest were open to primary and secondary school students, as well as Hong Kong residents.

In the Open Section of the English Division of the competition, Filipino-Chinese Dawn Yu-Aquino, 41, won first place with her essay on her bi-cultural upbringing and filial piety, sunwebhk.com reported.

Yu-Aquino won a certificate and HK$30,000 for winning her category.

In her essay, Yu-Aquino said that, even though not many people understand its significance, filial piety is an important concept. She admitted that the topic was close to her heart, something which helped her finish her essay in one afternoon.

Another Filipina in the same category, Janica Therese Bergas, who is a student at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, won a merit award and HK$3,000.

Hailer Keaira Mercado, 15, who is a Filipino secondary school student, also won a merit award in the secondary school section of the competition. Mercado was among the youngest winners in her category.

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