Two Zamboangueños made it to 17th Philippine Art Awards PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 00:00

Zamboanga City should be mighty proud that 2 of our locals made it to the finals of the 17th Philippine Art Awards (PAA). Though they did not make it to the top 8, Zamboangueño Raul Bendanillo’s “Climbmate Change" and Zamboangueña Jana Jumalon-Alano’s “Graduation” were selected among the top country’s 40 Philippine art works for 2012. The final awarding ceremony was held last March 12, 2012 at the Museum of the Filipino People (National Museum) in Rizal Park Manila. There were 626 national entries for this year.

PAA is the most prestigious national visual art competition in our country. The 2012 contest started around the country where regional winners were carefully chosen to give local artists more chances to showcase their talents. The regional awards were held at the University of Mindanao (Davao City) for Mindanao, Museo Iloilo (Iloilo City) for Visayas, and at the National Museum for both Metro Manila and Luzon.

And out of 40 regional finalists, eight national winners were picked out by the judges. Bendanillo represented Western Mindanao, while Alano represented Eastern Visayas (she is presently based in Dumaguete with her husband and son). And proud to say, a Mindanawon, Jericho Valijusto Vamenta of Cagayan de Oro, won the Grand Prize of P350,000 with his oil and pastel painting entitled “Ang Walang Humpay na Harana ni Temyong kay Magda”.

To promote different Philippine culture and arts, PPA aims to develop regional artists with this contest. This year have seen Filipino artists becoming more resourceful who have greatly improved in their artistic skills. In Western Mindanao, Ateneo de Zamboanga University Zamboanga Peninsula Art Gallery is very active supportive of our local and regional artists.

by Dante Corteza

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:11