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The 5th International Manga Awards now accepting entries writes: "MANILA, Philippines - The Embassy of Japan is calling on all aspiring and talented Filipino manga artists to prepare their drawing materials, get their creative juices flowing, make their own original manga masterpiece and join the 5th International Manga Awards.

The Gold Award of the 5th MANGA Award will be given to the best manga and approximately three works of merit will receive the Silver Award. Winners will be invited to Japan for around 10 days as supplementary prize for the award ceremony. The awarding ceremony will be held in Tokyo in March 2012.

The International Manga Awards was established five years ago to share Japanese pop culture and to further promote understanding of Japan. It was created to recognize the contribution of manga artists outside Japan who have played a big role in the promotion of manga overseas.

Filipino manga artists have been recognized in the previous Manga Awards. In the 1st International Manga Awards in 2007, the talents of two Filipino artists were recognized along with 17 other talented manga artists of different nationalities. During the 2nd International Manga Awards in 2008, Kriss Sison (artist of Ninja Girl Ko) received an honorable mention award."

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