Pioneer Insurance Launches Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition and Virgin Labfest Campus Tour

Pioneer Insurance Launches Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition and Virgin Labfest Campus Tour

I remember when I was still in High School, I always join school activities that has something to do with the arts. Whether visual, film, music or theater, I was an active student when in comes to extra-curricular activities in school. I believe, it developed me to be more creative and innovative as I grow up. That is why, I am so delighted when I was invited to be part of Pinoneer Insurance's launch of Virgin Labfest Campus Tour and the "Pioneer Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition," which were held last week in Makati.

Pioneer Insurance Launches Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition and Virgin Labfest Campus Tour

Pioneer, an established life and non-life insurance company in the country, has been around since 1954 and has been giving Filipinos reliable insurance service to the things we value the most. In the past years, Pioneer has been a valuable supporter of the arts by assisting the artistic community through insurance coverage, sponsorship and promotion of cultural events as a way of giving back to the community. In fact, the group has covered theatrical plays such as Miss Saigon, The Little Mermaid, Magsimula Ka, Peter Pan, Bluebird of Happiness,and Trumpet’s N.O.A.H.

Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition

This year, as a their continued support for the exceptional Filipino talents, Pioneer Insurance announces the "Pioneer Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition" in partnership with Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

This campaign aims to the pave the way for fresh ideas from young, aspiring playwrights who have "hope-full" stories to tell. Filipino college students from all over the country are invited to share their stories of hope, whether about Filipino resiliency, surviving a tragedy or about being positive despite the challenging situations.

Participants can submit a one-play act written in English, Filipino or Taglish from September 01 to November 06, 2015. The winner will be announced on December 14, 2015 and will win Php 25,000 cash prize plus insurance coverage from Pioneer Insurance. Visit www.storieslab.ph for complete details of the competition.

Virgin Labfest 11 Campus Tour

In partnership with Tanghalang Pilipino, Pioneer pays tribute to the Filipino arts and culture by supporting the Filipino theater arts through Virgin Labfest. It is an annual playwriting competition organized by Tanghalang Pilipino, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and Writer’s Bloc, Inc.

In line with this, Pioneer Insurance has also tapped Virgin Labfest 11 to showcase exceptional stage plays and playwrights by bringing outstanding stage plays to some Metro Manila Colleges and Universities such as Miriam College, UST, Lyceum of the Philippines Manila, University of Makati and DLSU College of St. Benilde.

"Pioneer has always been inspired by the arts and with this, we are honored that Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP, and Writer’s Bloc, Inc. have partnered with us in our Stories of Hope campaign. Through this partnership, we want to spark the curiosity and understanding of the theater community, as well as heighten the appreciation of Filipino culture among students," said Pioneer Marketing Head Len Pozon.

Pioneer Insurance Launches Stories of Hope Playwriting Competition and Virgin Labfest Campus Tour
Len Pozon of Pioneer Insurance and Fernando Josef of Tanghalang Pilipino

Outstanding stage plays such as "When Sam Met Jo" by Job Pagsibigan, "Dalawang Gabi" by Maynard Manansala, "Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala" by Eljay Castro Deldoc, "Birtwal" by Jose Garcia, and "Hintayan ng Langit" by Juan Miguel Severo will be having a series of Campus Tour to showcase these exceptional stage plays and playwrights. It is Pioneer Insurance's commitment to ensure that more Filipinos can enjoy these plays thru a campus tour.

Virgin Labfest Campus Tour Schedule

  • September 1 - MIRIAM COLLEGE (Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City)
  • September 23 - LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY (Intramuros, Manila)
  • September 30 - UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS (EspaΓ±a Blvd, Manila)
  • October 5 - UNIVERSITY OF MAKATI (West Rembo, Makati City)
  • October 13 - DE LA SALLE-COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE (Taft Avenue, Manila)

I admire Pioneer Insurance for their continued support to the arts and to the exceptional Filipino talents by bringing these stage plays closer to the younger generation.

For more information, visit www.storieslab.ph. For questions and inquiries, feel free to call Kris Caturay of Digital Marketing at (02) 812-7777 local 455. Follow the hashtags #PioneerSOH and #VLFCampusTour on your social media accounts for more updates.


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