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October 16, 2014

40 "Doodle 4 Google" finalists vie for votes

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

Doodle 4 Google competition was launched by Google Philippines last July with the theme “What can I do for the Philippines?”

Public voting is now open for the 40 Doodle 4 Google finalists. 

The judges comprised of 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida, TBWA-Santiago Mangada Puno Senior Art Director CJ De Silva, PLDT-Smart Foundation, Inc. President Ma. Esther Santos, and BPI Foundation, Inc. Senior Vice President and Executive Director Fidelina Corcucera selected the 40 best doodles from a pool of 51,000 entries from all over the Philippines. Google Doodler Katy Wu, teacher,  will final judge and announce who will be the doodler champion.

They were chosen and classified according to four age groups: 5-8 years old; 9-11 years old; 12-14 years old; and 15-17 years old. 

Voters can visit http://www.google.com.ph/doodle4google until October 30 to select one doodle per age category which they think best answers the theme and represents the Filipino spirit. At the end of public voting, the doodle with the most number of votes per age group will be selected. One overall winner among the four finalists will then be chosen by Google.

Announcement of the winner will be on November 7, 2014. The overall winner will be featured on Google Philippines’ homepage for 24 hours in November and will receive a specially designed trophy by Google. A PHP 400,000 educational grant from BPI Foundation at any school/college in the Philippines, an art kit from National Book Store and an Acer C720 Chromebook will also be given to the overall winning participant. The PLDT-Smart Foundation will also provide a PHP 350,000 connectivity grant to the school or community learning center of the overall winner.

For an archive of doodles, visit google.com/doodles.

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