A student of Silliman University in Dumaguete City was the grand winner in the 5th Victorias Milling Company art contest, and the awarding ceremony was held at the SM Atrium in Bacolod City Saturday.
Ledzeepee Ace Taboada, a first year Fine Arts student of Silliman, grabbed the top spot in the college category, as she bested 24 other finalists from the elementary to the tertiary level, with her Kadalag-an Festival inspired painting.
She won P30,000 in cash prize, trophy and certificate, and a computer set for her school.
Second place in the tertiary category was Ben Johnson Gohing of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, and Bragg Namol from Foundation University, also in Dumaguete, in third place. They received P25,000 and P20,000 in cash prize, respectively.
The nine finalists in the collegiate category will also have their art mentorship with local artists in Negros and they will have a group exhibition April next year at the Gallery Orange in Bacolod City.
Another student from Negros Oriental, Dwight Alota of Bais City Pilot School, was hailed the champion in the elementary category, followed by Yul Gabriel Dionson, also from the same school, and Ckerulei Santos from St. Scholastica's Academy-Bacolod in third place.
Andrea Pauline Parrocho, a grade 10 student of St. John's Institute in Bacolod, bested seven other finalists in the secondary level, followed by Kennette Luague from Sagay National High School, and Dia Diocson from Riverside College in third, all from Negros Occidental.
Winners in the high school category received P25,000, P20,000 and P10,000, while elementary winners got P20,000, P15,000, and P10,000 respectively.
All winners in the three categories each received a designer's trophy made by nationally-acclaimed Bacolod artist Junjun Montelibano.
This year's VMC art contest drew the biggest number of entries from 268 students around Negros Island, but only 77 were shortlisted in the on-the-spot contest Friday, and 25 made it to the finals and have their artworks exhibited during the awarding ceremony Saturday.
VMC chief operating officer Minnie Chua, in her speech, said it is the company's commitment to champion arts and culture development among the youth, and encourage them to pursue their passion and share it with others.
The event was a collaboration of VMC and VMC Foundation, and the entries were judged by award winning contemporary artist Jose Louis Singson, multi-disciplinary artist Sam Penaso, creative director Cristina Manahan, production designer Toym Imao, internationally-acclaimed painter Jason Montinola, and decorator and conservator Liliane Manahan.*MLG
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