It’s a great time to swing by the National Museum. For history buffs, War and Dissent looks at the Philippine-American War from 1898 to 1915 and examines both sides of the conflict in meticulous detail. For fashionistas, the Slim Retrospective offers a rare glimpse of Salvacion Lim Higgins’ exquisite creations from the 1950s to the 1990s. And for us art addicts, the Philippine Art Awards exhibit of winners starts today.
To recap, the Philippine Art Awards started 15 years ago under the aegis of Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. Then, the Philippine grand prize winner would compete against other national winners from the ASEAN region. In 2005, despite the cancellation of the ASEAN Art Awards, Philip Morris opted to continue their sponsorship of the Philippine competition. Held every other year, the PAA continues to be the most prestigious of the art derbies in the country. Past winners include Gabby Barredo, Alfredo Esquillo Jr., Kawayan de Guia, Nona Garcia, Joy Mallari, Winner Jumalon, Ambie Abaño, Marina Cruz.
As has been the case since 2007, ten winners from four regions will compete for the Grand Prize and five Juror’s Choice prizes. Today, judges announced the ten winners from Metro Manila and the ten winners from the Luzon Region. By the first quarter of 2010, the winning works from the Visayas and Mindanao move to Manila, also to the National Museum, for the National Competition.
I thought it an exciting development that the competition this year opened up to multi-dimensional pieces. However, as can be seen from the roster, most artists opted to stick to paintings. How interesting for the competition should the forthcoming years yield more adventurous work. The PAA offers a venue for the daring and our artists should rise up to the challenge!
The 2007-2008 awards produced an outstanding batch of regional and national winners that may prove difficult to match. I did spot gems in this group of Metro Manila and Luzon winners. Hopefully, the Visayas and Mindanao winners do not disappoint.
A formidable panel judged the Metro Manila and Luzon leg of the PAA: Cedie Vargas of the Lopez Museum, Dean Tina Colayco of the UP College of Fine Arts, Dr. Patrick Flores of the UP Vargas Museum, art critic Cid Reyes, artists Nestor Vinluan and Julie Lluch, and National Artist Ben Cabrera.
The winners for Metro Manila are Dexter Sy, Joey Cobcobo, Arnel Brillantes, Maximo Balatbat II, Froilan Calayag, Thomas Daquioag, Camille dela Rosa, Jay Pacena, Dan Raralio, and Raffy Napay.
The winners for Luzon are Toti Cerda, Art Sanchez, Isidro D. Santos, Reynaldo Samson Jr., Rommel Sampana, Teodorico Cumagun III, Cris Villanueva, Yuan Mo’ro Ocampo, Vincent Paul Padilla, and Augusto Elorpe.
You can view the 2009-2010 Philippine Art Awards Metro Manila and Luzon winners at the 4F, Museum of the Filipino People, Agrifina Circle, Manila. For more information, visit http://www.philippineartawards.org.