Youth’s contribution to nation-building highlighted again
The 54th National Student Art Competition (NSAC) once again demonstrated the strong influence that the next generation of talent can have to ensure a bright future for the country.
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation’s annual competition adapted the theme “reSTART,” a collective call to action to inspire young people to play a greater role in rebuilding the nation, especially after the pandemic. And taking into account the appeal they made, the NSAC received over 1,500 applications across the Philippines.
“The pandemic has affected every aspect of our life. Yet there was a strength of spirit within you that shone through. We see it primarily in your art, and that is what we recognize today. we courageously continue to go through this pandemic and look forward to recovery, we believe art could initiate change and progress, ”Lorelie Quiambao-Osial, President of Philippines Shell Country, said at the second virtual award ceremony of NSAC prices.
Resilience, hope and courage were the recurring messages that shone from the top three awards in all four categories, namely digital fine art, sculpture, watercolor and oil and acrylic.
Pilipinas Shell called on seasoned artists and prominent leaders in the artistic community to sit as judges, namely – Ross Capili, Dopy Doplon and Pablo Biglang-Awa Jr. for the Digital Fine Arts category; Edgar Fernandez, Antipas Delotavo and Renato Habulan for the Watercolor category; Isko Andrade, Kenneth Esguerra and Alfredo Esquillo, Jr. for the Oil / Acrylic category; Paul Quiano, Toym Leon Imao and Reggie Yuson for the Sculpture category.
After scrutinizing the works of today’s young artists, the judges chose this year’s winning circle. Below is the full list of winners in each category.
Digital Fine Arts Category
1st place: “Pintura” by Gerard Lynn Mara Santos from the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP). The winning coin reminds people that despite the pain they are feeling as a result of the current pandemic, they can still look for good and rewarding experiences.
2nd place: “Pagtanggap Mo Sa Aking Pagkukulang” by Mary Franz Salazar of TUP Manila. It shows that rebuilding a nation doesn’t take just one person, but rather a community of people who care about each other and their shared vision.
3rd place: “Tayo’y Makakahinga Muli” by Ralph Enzo Rabaya from Xavier University. The image depicts the childhood of the artist who grew up dreaming of love due to insufficient parental guidance.
1st place: “Panibagong Umaga” by Jarren Dahan from the University of Mindanao. It shows that moving forward collectively and harmoniously can overcome challenges and lead to a brighter morning.
2nd place: “Regrowth” by Ranier Angelo Bolivar from GK College of Business, Arts and Technology. The artwork illustrates how during the pandemic, individuals, like nature, can regenerate and adapt to any condition in order to become stronger and better.
3rd place: “Puhon” by Gyles Maverick Abac of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. His work is an exhortation to move forward, rather than get stuck in one place, when a debilitating crisis strikes.
1st place: “If Only We’ll Unite and Conquer” by Maica Rozel Borlagdan from UP Diliman. The artist demonstrates that while some have to endure a day going through a needle hole, others have safety nets to catch them.
2nd place: “Laban Lang!” by Mark Eclipse of Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges Marbel Inc. The artwork recommends courage and moving forward to continue the fight for its defenses and passions.
3rd place: “Future on Our Fingerprint” by Zoe Manigan from Far Eastern University. The artist conveys that the future begins with the exercise of responsibility by voting for the next leaders of the country.
1st place: “Moving Forward” by Ranier Angelo Bolivar from GK College of Business, Arts, and Technology presents frontliners as our modern heroes, dedicated to their passion for the protection of the nation.
2nd Place: “Sa Dibdib Mo’y Buhay” by Patricia Serrano of TUP Manila portrays the tenacity of the Filipino through the image of a young girl and her ability to find the strength of her inner soul during the most difficult times.
3rd place: “Progresibong Papel ng Pagkatao” by Elaiza Judilla from the University of the East-Caloocan. The play shows the progression of a human being triumphing over adversity.
As art continues to play an important role in today’s society, Pilipinas Shell’s NSAC remains committed to supporting young artists, empowering them to take a greater role in building the nation.