A first-ever congress of campus writers dubbed Philippine Heart Association Assembly for Advocacy (PHA-A4A) gathered nearly 200 student writers from colleges and universities in Metro Manila on September 19.

Initiated by the PHA Committee on Advocacy,  the PHA-A4A theme was: “The Youth’s Health, The Nation’s Wealth”. The event, which was held at the Bayanihan Hall of the Unilab Compound in Mandaluyong, featured lectures, panel discussions and an open forum, with the on-the-spot essay writing contest as the culminating activity. 

The winners of the On-the-Spot Essay Writing Contest were: 1st Prize - Justine Jane Recierdo, of the UP Manila; 2nd - Anna Margarita Sayo, of Trinity University of Asia; and 3rd - Fritz Magtulis of University of Sto. Tomas. For the Slogan Contest, the student representing Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina, Dianne Fajardo, bagged the prize for her entry "Kelan ka pa magbabago? Kapag heart mo na ay barado?"


Winners of the On-the-Spot Essay Writing contest (with plaques, l-r) Fritz Magtulis, Justine Jane Recierdo and Anna Margarita Sayo, with (from left) Mr. Pepitan Tan of Therapharma; Dr. Eleanor Lopez, PHA Secretary; Dr. Erlyn Demerre, PHANewsBriefs editor-in-chief; Dr. Ma. Belen Carisma, PHA President; Mr. Conrado Generoso, judge and Medical Observer editor-in-chief; and Dr. Saturnino Javier, PHA Director and Chair of the Advocacy Committee.