Oriental Dominates VMC Art Tilt Occidental Schools Sweep High School Category

The Negros Oriental contingent brought home five of the major prizes against four captured by Negros Occidental schools in the recently concluded 5th VMC Art Contest at the Gallery Orange, Bacolod City.

The top three winners in the 5th VMC Art Contest (l-r) Andrea Pauline Parrocho of St. John’s Institute (high school category), Dwight Eisenhower Alota of Bais City Pilot School (elementary) and Ledzeepee Ace Taboada of Silliman University (tertiary).*

With the theme “Victory,” Silliman University’s entry by Ledzeepee Ace Taboada bested 27 others in the college category to claim the grand prize of P30,000 in cash, a computer package for her school and a trophy specially designed this year by artist, Emilio “Junjun” Montelibano.

Coming in close second is Ben Johnson Gohing of Carlos Hilado State College in Talisay while third place went to Bragg Namol of Foundation University in Dumaguete City.

Negros Occidental schools though swept the high school category with Andrea Pauline Parrocho of St. John’s Institute claiming the top prize followed by Kennette Luague of Sagay National High School and Dia Gacuma Diocson of Riverside College.

In the elementary category, Bais City Pilot School’s Dwight Eisenhower Alota and Yul Gabriel Dionson grabbed the first and second place respectively while Ckerulei Edreen Santos of St. Scholastica’s Academy – Bacolod came in third.

The annual art competition which was launched by VMC in 2013 seeks to promote and preserve art and cultural development in Negros through the youth.

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya who graced the event along with Councilor Cindy Rojas said he was happy to note that a lot of students in his district were among those who qualified for the competition, proof that the art scene in Bacolod and Negros continue to thrive.

VMC Foundation Executive Director, Anne Tiongco said VMC will continue to put special focus on arts and culture in honor of St. Joseph the Worker chapel within their compound which is “home to a magnificent work of art” referring to Alfonso Ossorio’s ‘The Last Judgment,’ more popularly known as ‘The Angry Christ.’

“The chapel is a symbol of collaboration of great artistic minds and community work, dating back to the late 1940’s,” she said, adding that this, she hopes will inspire the youth to embrace art.

VMC’s Chief Operations Officer, Minnie Chua also thanked the parents and mentors and challenged them to “continue to bring out and develop the talent within the children and support them in their interest.”

This year saw the biggest number of entries with 268 students yearning for a chance to participate in the on-the-spot competition, of which 75 were invited after a pre-screening stage.

The art tilt has become a venue for young artists to be discovered and mentored by Negrense artists who have been collaborating with VMC in the project.

Apart from cash prizes for all placers, all finalists will be recipients of an art summer workshop in April next year while the three top college placers will have a VMC sponsored group exhibition to launch their career in the next seven months.

Other finalists in the elementary category were Tiffany Tan (St. Scholastica’s Academy, 4th), Karyll Jen Batisla-ong (Victorias Elementary School, 5th), Joel Cardente, Jr. (Colegio de Santa Catalina de Alejandria), Kylin Ilagan (Bais City Science Elementary School) and Lexi Tomas (St. John’s Institute).

In the high school category, the finalists were Disney Agsam (Valladolid National High School, 4th), Lorly Sanchez (Sagay National High School, 5th) Bea Angela Jayme (Sagay National High School), Therese Mae Ortaliz (St. John’s Institute), and Catherine Necole Sanchez (Foundation Preparatory Academy).

College level finalists were Philip Aldrin Nalang (Technological University of the Philippines – Visayas, 4th), Chryslyn Duran (La Consolacion College, 5th) and Camille Espina, Jeri Marie Javier and Arnel Villaceran, all of La Consolacion College Bacolod.

Judges in the final round were artists’ Jose Luis Singson, Sam Penaso, Toym Imao, Lilliana Cristina Manahan, Jason Montinola and Tats Manahan.

All winning artworks are now on display at the SM Atrium in Bacolod until September 28.*



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