2 Zambo artists among top placers in int’l poster tilt PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 November 2014 14:02

by TOTOY MUÑOZ

 

Two young artists from Zamboanga City emerged top placers in the 2014 worldwide poster design competition which highlighted the observance of World Food Day (WFD), Oct.16, in Rome, Italy.

Jhasmin M. Dabasol, a Grade 9-SPFL student of Zamboanga National High School (ZNHS) West, outshone numerous other teen artists to win the second place for the Philippines in Category 3 of the said contest with the theme: “Family Farming : Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth,”

On the other hand, Jhasmin’s cousin, Angel Barachiel S. Muñoz, a Grade V-GT pupil of Baliwasan Central School (BCS), bested a large number of other kid artists to make the list of top 20 and the finals in Category 2 of the same contest co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG).

Daniel D. Muñoz, uncle and trainer of the 15-year-old Jhasmin and 10-year-old Barachiel, said the two local artists were also among the 54 Filipinos who represented the country in the international contest.

Likewise, Daniel, who motivated his niece and nephew to be globally competitive in the field of visual arts, said he was happy that they have joined and figured prominently in the contest  through which they were able to help the UN promote family farming as a means to achieving world food security and safeguarding the earth’s biodiversity and natural resources.

“It was also another opportunity for them to harness their artistic skills and compete with other kid and youth artists from various countries in the world, to win accolades and make our country proud as well,” said Daniel, who also commended his niece and nephew on their participation and accomplishments.

Information on their participation and results of the contest were published on the WFD website, the trainer said.]

Also, in separate emails sent to the two Zamboangueño artists a few days before the announcement of the top 3 winners was made, Head Judge Janet Lauderdale of the UNWG expressed her thanks to them for their participation in the 2014 WFD poster contest and informed them that their posters would be exhibited in the headquarters of FAO in Rome.

Lauderdale also congratulated them for making the top 20 in their respective categories and told them to check the website of the contest for the final results.

“This year there were over three thousand applicants so there was a lot of competition,” she said.

The applicants in the three age categories (ages 5-8, 9-12 and 13-17) who submitted poster entries were from more than 60 countries around the world.

The top winners in the three categories who received Certificates of Recognition and first-place winners who were also given special gifts, included entrants from Pakistan, the Philippines, Ukraine, India and Bhutan.

Meanwhile, Daniel, who also teaches visual arts to other kids and youth at BCS, said that in last year’s WFD poster contest, two other talents he has trained – Jhasmin’s brother, Clarence M. Dabasol, then fourth year student of ZNHS-West, and Barachiel’s sister, Angel Sealtiel S. Muñoz, who was a first grader at BCS, also emerged finalists together with Barachiel.

Moreover, Daniel said that Sealtiel obtained her first international award when she placed second in Category 1 in the finals of that global contest.

In this year’s WFD poster tilt, Daniel said that Jhasmin’s award became her second achievement at the international level.

He added that in 2011, Jhasmin captured the Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee Award, the second highest award  for her artwork entry in the 10th Mitsubishi Asian Children’s EnikkiFesta in Tokyo, Japan.

According to the trainer, Barachiel also bagged the overall tittle for the country in the 2012 Frogs are Green International Kids Art Contest in New Jersey, USA.

In addition, he expressed hope that his talents, who also have strings of notable achievements from local and national art competitions, would continue to take part in various contests,  reap awards and recognition especially in the international arena and bring more laurels to the country.