75 Students Qualify for the 5th VMC Art Contest

Out of 263 entries from all over Negros Island, Victorias Milling Company (VMC) and VMC Foundation released the names of the 75 qualifiers in the 5th VMC Art Contest 2017.

(l-r) VMC’s Anne Tiongco with artists Charlie Co, Guenivere Decena, Rhoderick Tijing, Barry Cervantes and Junjun Montelibano during the judging of those who qualified for the 5th VMC Art Contest.*

This is by far the biggest number of registrants since VMC launched its art contest in 2013 which has become a venue for young artists to be discovered and hone their skills through the annual competition and the summer art workshop.

Fifty students from Negros Occidental and 25 students from Negros Oriental will compete in three categories in an on-the-spot competition on September 22, 2017 at Gallery Orange in Bacolod City.

The qualifiers were chosen based on the entries they submitted during the pre-selection stage last September 11 at O’ Hotel in Bacolod City.

Artist Charlie Co, who has been collaborating with VMC in the project, sat as the chair of the board of judges in the pre-selection stage along with other artists, Barry Cervantes, Emilio “Junjun” Montelibano, Rhoderick Tijing, and Guenivere Decena.

VMC Foundation’s Executive Director, Anne Tiongco said she was “elated” at the response from the students, “proof that indeed there are so many talents here in Negros Island.”

The annual search for young aspiring artists in Negros is in consonance with our thrust to promote the development of the youth in the field of visual arts and enhance the local art scene, Tiongco added.

The contest will have three categories – Elementary Category (Grades 1-6) which has 18 qualifiers, 12 from Negros Occidental and 6 from Oriental. The High School Category (Grades 7-12) that gained the biggest number of entries at 125, resulted to the qualification of 20 students from Occidental and 9 from Oriental while out of 43 college registrants, 18 will come from the Occidental side and 10 from Oriental for the Tertiary Category.

This year’s theme “Victory” seeks to inculcate the value of perseverance and hard work that will propel the young to success and empower them to share their ideas through creativity and the arts.

Elementary, High School and Tertiary champions will take home P20,000, P25,000 and P30,000 respectively.

Apart from cash prizes and computer packages for schools of winning artists, finalists in this competition will be given an opportunity to participate in a mentorship program through workshops with experts in the field of visual arts as well as have their careers launched through a company-sponsored exhibition for the tertiary level winners.*


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