Zambo girl wins anew in international art tilts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:38



A girl from Zamboanga City who won an award in an international poster contest in 2013 made her mark again in the international scene when she won accolades in two different art contests organized by non-profit organizations in USA.

Angel Sealtiel S. Muñoz, Grade II-GT pupil of Baliwasan Central School (BCS), outclassed a number of other entrants from various countries around the world to win the second place for the Philippines in the Group A of the 2014 Teachers Against Prejudice (TAP) Art Contest for elementary students sponsored by TAP in New Canaan, Connecticut.

In the 2014 Frogs Are Green Kids Art Contest sponsored by Frogs Are Green in Hoboken, New Jersey, the 7-year-old Sealtiel also earned Honorable Mention for the Best Typographic “Frogs Are Green” artwork entry.

Daniel D Muñoz, uncle and trainer of the Filipina shiner, said the winners in the said worldwide art contests were announced recently on the websites of the contest organizers.

Daniel said that as second place winner in the TAP Art Contest, Sealtiel received a $ 100.00 Gift Card plus a certificate of award.

Also, she obtained an official certificate for her winning entry in the Frogs Are Green Art Contest, he said.

Daniel said the list of winners in the TAP Art Contest included competitors from Indonesia, India, Philippines, Bangladesh, Kenya and USA.

On the other hand, the winning entries in the nine categories of  the Frogs Are Green Art Contest  were from Turkey, China, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Romania, Canada, Ireland, UAE, USA , Philippines and New Jersey (for the Best of Jersey City), he said.

Meanwhile, Daniel, who motivated and inspired Sealtiel to excel in the field of visual arts and steered her into the international arena, has also commended her niece for her effort and achievements in the global events.

“I admire her enthusiasm and endeavor in entering the contests, and I’m pleased with what she has already achieved at the international level,” said Daniel, who also teaches visual arts to other students at BCS.

He said that Angelo D. Muñoz, his brother, and Alwina S. Muñoz, supportive parents of Sealtiel, were also glad to see the artistic development and continued success of their daughter in competitions.

The trainer also said, “I encourage Sealtiel to continue training and practicing her artistic skills to further enhance her performance and outputs in competitions.”

According to Daniel, Sealtiel’s two recent international awards were among the latest additions to her haul of laurels as a kid artist.

The young Zamboangueña, who has emerged as a world-class child  artist, has been actively participating in art competitions since she was in kindergarten at BCS, Daniel said.

The trainer said that among her notable artistic achievements included victories and awards  garnered in various DepEd-sponsored on-the-spot drawing and poster-making contests at school, district , division and regional levels.

He said that in 2012, when Angel Barachiel, Sealtiel’s third grade brother, won the overall tittle in the Frogs Are Green International Kids Art Contest, she also became a district and division winner in the on-the-spot drawing contest of the  Kindergarten Festival of Talents.

In the same year, she made her debut entry in the international scence when she took part in the first-ever World Food Day (WFD) Poster Contest for young people co-organized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) and the United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG)  in Rome, Italy, Daniel said.

Sealtiel, then 5, and Clarence M. Dabasol, her elder cousin, emerged finalists in Category 1 and 3, respectively, of that worldwide event, he said.

The following year, Sealtiel bagged the second prize for the country in the same category of the 2013 WFD Poster Contest while his brother Angel Barachiel made it as finalists in Category 2, said Daniel, who has also trained Clarence and Angel Barachiel.

The trainer said that in 2014, Sealtiel won as champion both in the BCS Nutrition Month Slogan-Making Contest and Filipino Values Month Poster-Making Contest.

Moreover, she was also a gold medalist in the 4 th Division and Regional On-the-Spot Poster- Making Contests for the Gifted and Talented (GT) pupils in  DepEd’s Festival for Children with Special Needs and likewise in the 5 th year of the said festival in the division level, he said.

A first place winner in the 2015 World Interfaith Harmony Week On-the-Spot Poster-Making Contest at BCS, Sealtiel looks forward to joining more local and international art competitions that will bring more honors to her school, city and country, he added.