2 Zampen artists recognized in a prestigious art award ceremony - Philippine Art Awards PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2014 13:49

Here’s good art news from Gallery of the Peninsula and the Archipelago, the art gallery of Ateneo de Zamboanga University and home of Western Mindanao artists. Dipolog artist Juni Page Grapa of Dipolog City and Dr. Sayid C. Cedicol, a medical doctor of Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom), were recognized as winners in the regional level during the awarding ceremony of the Philippine Arts Award (PAA) 2013-2014 last March 27, 2014 at the Yuchengco Museum in Makati City.

They might not have bagged the top awards but the recognition is more than enough to boost our other local artists to do well in their craft. Grapa’s master piece is a wooden sculpture entitled “Kumaw,” while the entry of Dr. Cedicol is a painting on hard board using pen and ink named “Ang paglalakbay ng lason kay Socrates (Langit, Lupa, Impyerno).” 

Their works are among the entries submitted by ADZU Art Gallery last year. This gallery  serves as the PAA- Regional Collecting Center for Western Mindanao. Witnessing the awarding event was the gallery's art director Tricia Drapiza-Manulong and staff Maedelee Sebastian.

Philippine Art Awards (PAA) is the Philippines’ most preeminent contemporary art competition. Since 1994, the recognition has evolved through the years. It was initially conceived as part of the ASEAN Art Awards, where the Philippine winners competed with their counterparts from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Today it continues to discover and give recognitions to Filipino artists in the spirit of innovation - the importance of art and artistic expression in enhancing our environment and our daily lives."Our objective is to extract from the artist quality; not only quality in terms of work, but quality in terms of meaning, and how you express yourself," said Danie Alvarez, Executive Director of the Philippine Art Awards Secretariat in an interview.

The winning pieces can be viewed in the Yuchengco Museum from March 27 to April 30. The museum is located at the RCBC Plaza at the corner of Ayala and Gil Puyat Avenuse in Makati City.

I really miss our former Congresswoman and City Mayor Ma. Clara Lobregat’s art and cultural days. During her term, she advocated and supported all our local artists and had numerous programs and projects that enhances our city’s image thru art and culture.She was not only concern with the cleanliness of our city but also wanted to beatify it to attract more visitors.

Isaiah 64:8. “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”