Our Seas Story Writing Contest

The story writing contest, which is entitled “Our Seas” (Dagat Natin), is one of the activities under the Heroes of the Environment (Bayani ng Kalikasan) campaign in the Philippines. It aims to increase the youth’s awareness of the relationship between humans and coastal resources in the municipalities of Balabac, Taytay, and Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The output of the contest is the storybook “Tales from the Coral Triangle.” It will be launched at the Asian Development Bank on 30 September 2016.


The contest was designed to amplify the voices and hopes of students from remote areas in Palawan through the power of their stories. Through this activity, CTI-SEA is supporting underprivileged students so they can access and co-create knowledge on climate change adaptation and coastal resource management.

CTI-SEA Deputy Team Leader for the Philippines invitees students from Balabac National High School to join the story writing contest.

Strong community awareness is essential at a time of increased threats to the coastal environment and resources due to climate change and human-induced impacts. Young people, even those in remote areas, have the potential to lead efforts that will improve coastal resource management in the country.

The 10 winners were announced on September 2014 and they joined the  Coastal Resource Management Workshop and Eco-Adventure from 1-3 October 2014.


Young People, Women, and Indigenous People as Active and Empowered Participants in Coastal Resource Management (“Kabataan, Kababaihan at Katutubong Mamamayan: Aktibong Kabahagi sa Pangagalaga ng Karagatan”)

Criteria for Judging

  • Relevance to the theme – 60%
  • Creativity and originality – 20%
  • Grammar and syntax – 10%
  • Overall impact – 10%


The winning students and their teacher-advisers joined the awarding ceremony at Skylight Hotel in Puerto Princesa. They also participated in a fully-funded Coastal Resource Management Workshop and Eco-Adventure on 1-3 October 2014 in Palawan. The group visited the following ecotourism sites to learn about coastal and marine resources:

  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park;
  • Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center;
  • Iwahig Firefly Watching Ecotourism and Wildlife Park;
  • and Honda Bay.

Contest Materials