Zamboanguena pupil wins in int’l art contest PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:51

A Zamboangueña pupil bagged laurels for the Philippines by winning in an international art contest held recently in Japan.

Jhasmin Munoz Dabasol, a sixth grader of Baliwasan Central School (BCS), won the Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee Award, the second highest honors at the 10th Mitsubishi Asian Children’s Enikki Festa for 2010-2011.

Dabasol’s uncle and trainer Daniel D. Munoz said the organizers of the Mitsubishi Asian artfest announced recently the winners of the said contest on the website of Festa.

According to Munoz, Dabasol’s artwork was among the eight finalists chosen earlier from a number of entries by the National Screening Committee in Manila to represent the country to the international contest.

Munoz said that in Tokyo, the six-man International Screening Committee headed by Teruo Onuma, oil painter, professor emeritus of Tokyo University of the Arts and vice president of Bunsei University of Art, selected the final winners of the different awards - Grand Prix Award,

Organizer’s Awards and Excellence Awards - for each country and region.

Dabasol, as one of the winners in the contest, will receive a certificate of award and a supplementary prize, Munoz said.

Based on the theme “Here is My Life,” the Enikki Festa, which was participated in by grade schoolers from 24 countries and regions of Asia, was sponsored by the Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee, the Asian Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations and the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan.

Local sponsors of the festival were the Bureau of Elementary Education (BEE) and the Department of Education (DepEd), supported by the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines.

The event, held every two years since it started in 1990, aims to promote educational literacy and cultural exchange among the children of Asia through Enikki (illustrated diaries).

Meanwhile, Munoz, who has prepared Dabasol for various co- curricular activities, including competitions, has also commended his niece for her determination, effort and achievement.

“I’m pleased with Jhasmin’s endeavor in the 10th Enikki Festa. She has soared to the highest level of competition and emerged a winner,” said Munoz, who was also thankful to the contest organizers as well as to everyone who supported his niece in her particicpation in the event.

Munoz, who has produced many other kid achievers in different fields through his various training programs said, “That’s exactly what I urge Jhasmin and my other pupils to do - to pursue excellence, develop their talents, move forward and become globally competitive and eventually win honors for the country and for the glory of God.”

Among other pupils he has nurtured, the trainer said that Jayson James F. Munoz, his nephew, who has also garnered accolades in local and international competitions, was likewise a winner of Excellence Award in a previous Enikki Festa (2004-2005), which was then named Mitsubishi
Impression - Gallery Festival of Asian Children’s Art.

The trainer added that Jhasmin, like her cousin Jayson James who has also become a world-class achiever, also started as a campus champion in an on-the-spot poster making contest when she was in grade one at BCS.

As a pupil artist, Dabasol has also extended her success far beyond school level, reaping honors from district level to division, regional, national and international levels.

In grade three, in 2008, Dabasol took part for the first time in a nationwide contest - the ABKD Poster Making Contest, which was conducted by the
Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, Inc. in Quezon City, where she earned her first national award by winning the Major Prize in Category A.

After that, she went on in the grades with her quest for excellence until the last school year (2011-2012), which she has made truly memorable especially for BCS with a string of notable triumphs.

A consistent honor pupil, an award-winning campus journalist and table tennis athlete, Dabasol harvested honors in DepEd’s Elementary Science on-the-spot poster making and painting derbies held at Jonh Spirig Sr. Memorial Elementary School and Zamboanga East Central School, respectively, in 2011.

The young artist also copped the first place in the 2011 Medicine Week city-level on-the-spot poster making contest conducted by the Zamboanga City Medical Society, Inc. in cooperation with the Philippine Medical Association at the ZCMS Chapter Building, Sta. Maria on Sept. 21.

Also, for the second straight year in 2011, she topped the GSP District Encampment on-the-spot poster making tilt held at Malagutay Elementary School on Oct. 13.

In 2012, she ruled the on-the-spot painting contest during the Baliwasan District Arts Fair held on Feb. 24 at BCS in celebration of the 21st National Arts Month - Philippine Arts Festival.

Moreover, the Zamboanguena artist added another feather in her cap when she bested other regional champions to capture the national first place for Region 9 in the drawing category for elementary pupils even as her brother Clarence Munoz Dabasol, of Zamboanga National High School (ZNHS)-West, made it as national finalist in the poster making category for secondary students at the CY 2012 Fire Prevention Games and Contests staged by the Bureau of Fire Protection - National Headquarters last March 25 at SM City, San Lazaro, Sta.Cruz, Manila.

And after bringing honor and pride for several years especially to her school, the multitalented and multi-awarded Dabasol who rose to become BCS No.1 co-curricular achiever (Class 2012), graduated with honors and was conferred Artist of the Year award last March 30.

At present, she is a freshman student at ZNHS West.