The search is on for the young aspiring artists in Negros Island in the field of visual arts.The 5th Interschool Art Contest is being sponsored by the Victorias Milling Company (VMC) and its Foundation in collaboration with renowned Negrense artists to make this competition “the platform for budding artists and help expand the arts scene in Negros Island.
This is in line with Negros Oriental Governor Roel Ragay Degamo’s commitment to provide an avenue for the young to engage in healthful and creative ways, especially in the field of tourism through the visual arts.
Gov. Degamo is encouraging the youth in the Province to join the Interschool Art Contest being launched here in Negros Island.
Art Contest Project Chair Maria Ester Espina said the launching of the 5th Interschool Art Contest is part of the annual search for young aspiring artists in Negros Island. “This is inconsonance with our thrust to promote development of the youth in the field of visual arts,” she stressed.
Senior Tourism Operations Officer Myla Mae Bromo-Abellana said the Provincial Tourism Unit (PTU) through the Governor’s Office has been supporting this effort being part of the tourism marketing in the field of culture and the arts.
April Joy Lamis, marketing and promotions officer of the PTU said this is the third time Negros Oriental will participate in this annual event. “We help promote this event to strengthen tourism Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo
through the visual arts,” she added.
Espina encourages the students who have potential in the field of visual arts to try their luck in this year’s competition.
With the general theme, “Victory,” this competition seeks to inculcate the value of perseverance and hardwork that will propel the youth to success. “This is also to empower them to share their ideas through creativity and the arts,” Espina said.
She said apart from cash prizes and computer packages for schools of winning artists, finalists in this competition are given the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program.
The mentorship program is being done through workshops with experts in the field of visual art. “Their careers will be launched through a company-sponsored exhibition for the tertiary level winners, or the college levels,” she divulged.
She further disclosed that the 2016 grand champion, Julbert Ramos came from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental and the elementary category champion, Yul Dionson hails from Bais City, Negros Oriental.
Espina said the on-the-spot art contest is open to all bonafide students in Negros Island with three categories – elementary, high school and tertiary level. It will cover all colleges, universities and vocational schools in the island.
by: OLIVER M. LEMENCE