The Philippine Art Awards (PAA), the highly anticipated visual art competition in the country, has selected the regional winners from the entries submitted on March 15, 2016.
The PAA biennial competition, which has become more challenging with a new format of submission for our visual artists nationwide, has initiated the online submission process for the first time in 22 years.
This year’s regional competition has been very competitive and tight, with a total of only 20 winners selected to represent PAA’s four regional competition areas: Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The regional winners from Luzon are: Abigail C. Dionisio, Edwin P. Martinez, Keith Romeo S. Espinoza, Mark Asan C. Reyes, and Mike Garcia. The five regional winners from Visayas are: Jason A. Delgado, Joemel G. Mirabuena, Jose B. Inocencio III, Marrz Capanang, and Rommel Anglacer Garde. The regional winners from Mindanao are: Alynnah B. Macla, Joel Geolamen, Raul Sungkit Bendit, Renato A. Pilapil, and Rodney Palada Yap. The regional winners from Metro Manila are: Roderick Macutay, Dexter M. Sy, Florence Jose M. Cinco, George O. Cubacub, and Neil Russell S. Balajadia. Their works are currently installed and may be previewed at Yuchengco Museum.
PMFTC, Inc. (PMFTC), organizer of the PAA, is highly enthusiastic about the results of the competition and welcomes the batch of regional entries this year. “The early and steady stream of inquiries even before its official launch announcement validates our efforts to continually support and participate in the development of Filipino artists and Philippine art in general,” said Bayen Elero-Tinga, PMFTC External Affairs Director
The 20 regional winners will further compete during the 2016 National Finals, where the Grand Prize Winner and Juror’s Choice awardees will be selected. Aside from cash prizes, all winners will be feted to an all- expenses paid trip to Hong Kong for the annual Basel and Art Central Art Fairs in March 2017. The announcement of PAA winners, awarding ceremony and formal opening of exhibition will be held this August at Yuchengco Museum in Makati City.