Artist-delegates from Bohol and Western Mindanao bagged the top prizes in the individual and mural/interaction painting competition, respectively, held alongside the celebration of the Philippine Visual Arts Festival 2012: The Rizal Experience in Angono, Rizal on February 17-21, 2012.

Bohol artist Irish Glory Galon bested more than 70 entries nationwide. Titled “Message Sent,” her collage/mixed media work uses images of communication such as cellular phones, SIM cards, the old-fashioned postal letter which are juxtaposed to the image of “Baybayin,” the pre-Hispanic alphabet of early settlers in the country.

Galon took home P20,000, certificates and cash gift from SM Taytay, one of the main sponsors of PVAF.

Angono, Rizal resident Chuckie Calsado’s “Photoshop” and Kriss Bajade’s “Recurring Nightmare” won 2nd and 3rd prize, respectively.

Calsado’s work  features an image of old man framed by a computer screen, which is about be redrawn, reinvented and “photoshopped.”

Bajade’s work features a man whose mouth is wide-open and seemingly in state of pain or confusion while asleep.

The seven (7) other finalists, meanwhile, include Jayson Dona-Al, Rex Tatlonghari, Jana Jumalon Alano, Wyndelle Remonde, Arnel Garcia, Jerome Santiago and Patrick Kah Yan Uy Chong.

This year’s competition used the theme “Tradisyon at Inobasyon.”

In the mural/interaction category in which the artworks were done during the 4-day festival, artists from Western Mindanao bested eight (8) other regions.

The group’s work features a nude woman signifying beauty and paradise but this seemingly idyllic situation bares pain and  struggle because of the disjointed social, political and cultural realities, perhaps an illusion to Mindanao, the Land of Promise.

The 2nd prize went to Salingoy Art Group of Bicol/Southern Luzon artists whose painting features the Mayon Volcano and “sili” (red hot pepper) as central images.

Central Luzon artists, meanwhile, bagged the 3rd prize with its mural painting titled “Sweet and Sour Self and Masks with Higante on the Side”. It features different faces in various state of emotion.

All the paintings were exhibited at the SM Taytay Event Center from Feb. 17-21, 2012.

The awarding ceremony was held last night, February 20.

NCCA-CVA head Nemiranda, Ms. Ida Calderon, wife of Angono, Rizal Mayor Gerry Calderon, provincial information and tourism officers Mar Bacani, Jenny Sumulong Ledonio and Relly Bonifacio Bernardo served as guests and gave the prizes.

(Richard R. Gappi | Rizal News Online)