The Government Service insurance System (GSIS) on Monday announced the new crop of winning artists of the 2016 art competition held at the GSIS head office in Pasay City.
Now on its 12th year, the 2016 art tilt drew the largest number of entries at over 800 artworks — 95 entries for the Sculpture Category, 351 for the Representational Category, and 361 for the Non-Representational Category.
In his message, GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara said “as in prior years, you have once again risen to the occasion and honored the GSIS with your works of art.
“At least 250 new artists joined the competition this year, including a group of sculptors from Pampanga and 15 artists from the Bureau of Corrections, proving that art is universal, and the confine of a prison cell is no hindrance for artistic expression.”
Mr. Fidel Sarmiento, President of the Art Association of the Philippines, the umbrella organization of art groups in the country and long-standing partner of GSIS in the conduct of the competition, for his part, thanked PGM Vergara for his continued support to the annual competition.
“Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtangkilik hindi lang sa sining, kundi pati sa mga alagad ng sining”.
Artist and judge for the representational category, Romulo Galicano echoed the same sentiment and added that the “GSIS art tilt has become the biggest and the most anticipated visual art competition today.”
The top three winners in the representational and non-representational (abstract) categories received Php300,000.00, Php200,000.00, and Php100,000.00.
In the sculpture category, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners received Php200,000.00, Php150,000.00, and Php100,000.00, respectively. Five honorable mentions from each of the categories received Php30,000.00 each.
Winners for the representational category are Wilfredo Cañete Jr. of Minglanilla, Cebu for his work entitled “Fused Dimensions” (1st prize), Roman Angelo R. Cruz of Taytay, Rizal for “History of Art: The Avant Garde – One Subject Different Approach” (2nd prize), and Edu Perreras of Angeles City, Pampanga for his entry entitled ”Piso-Pisong Panaginip” (3rd prize).
For the nonrepresentational category, Samuel Penaso of Quezon City won 1st prize for his work “Future Scene (Remix”). Leo T. Ayen of Naga City bagged the 2nd place for “The Art of Aurora” while Herminigildo C. Pineda of Porac, Pampanga took 3rd prize with his work “Magkikita Tayong Muli”.
In the sculpture category, John Paul Albert N. Dalisay of Cabautian, Davao City won the top prize for his work “Ecce Homo”. The second place went to Elmer Reyes of Bulacan for “Fishbone (Tinik)”; while it was a double victory for Samuel Penaso of Quezon City as he grabbed the third place for his work entitled “Naturescape”.
“The quality of the artworks never fails to impress us every year, making the selection process ever more challenging for our esteemed judges,” PGM Vergara said.
Distinguished artists and art enthusiasts comprise the 2016 GSIS art competition jury who included Ms. Camille Vergara, Mr. Romulo Galicano, Ms. Lourdes Coching-Rodriguez, Mr. Ambeth Ocampo, and Dr. Joven Cuanang, for the representational category.
Entries for the nonrepresentational category were judged by Norberto Carating, Ms. Kathy De Guzman, PGM Vergara, Mr. Fil Dela Cruz, and Mr. Prudencio Lamarroza.
Judges for the sculpture category were Ms. Liza Periquet, Ms. Angela Hsu Gotuaco, GSIS Senior Vice President Dionisio Ebdane Jr., Mr. Luis Yee Jr. and Ms. Rosario Bitanga.
The winning entries now form part of the GSIS art collection while all 807 entries may be viewed at the GSIS Museo ng Sining in Pasay City until July 30.
The annual art competition, a corporate social responsibility program of GSIS, has helped launch the careers of many aspiring artists over the years including Jun Impas, Max Balatbat, Lynyrd Paras, and Jaypee Samson.
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