10-word speeches seen adding sparkle to 11th PWA

This article was originally published July 28, 2008 on http://www.philippinewebawards.com/newsroom.asp?nID=5&id=37

10-word speeches seen adding sparkle to 11th PWA

By Tom S. Noda
Monday, July 28, 2008

Although the much awaited awards night of the 11th Philippine Web Awards (PWA) is still seven months away, Web designers vying for prizes should already start honing their oratorical talents if they hope to take home the cash award for the best winner’s speech.

Slated on Feb. 27, 2009, the 11th PWA’s awards night will continue the tradition of giving away a special cash prize for the most outstanding acceptance speech by a Web site winner. There is only one criterion: the speech must be exactly ten words long.

The first 10-word speech award was given during the 9th PWA awards night that was held on Dec. 7, 2006. The award went to TV news journalist Malou Mangahas of GMA News and Public Affairs.

Sa Pinoy sa buong mundo, gmanews.tv, serbisyong totoo, bente-kwatro oras! (To Filipinos all over the world, GMANews.TV, genuine service, 24 hours) was Mangahas winning speech. That year, GMANews.TV (www.gmanews.tv), the official news Web site of GMA, won the Best Web Site award for the Media category.

The contest for the best 10-word acceptance speech was patterned after the five-word speech award of the annual Webby Awards, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites.

The Webby Awards recently reported that the five-word speeches stole the show during the recent Webby Film and Video Awards rites.

“Five words is not enough; Keyboards are full of germs; and Contact me for voice work, were some of the notable speeches delivered at this year’s Webby Awards.