Thursday, 07 February 2019 08:08

MACC announces winners of 2018 Painting Competition

The Manila Archdiocesan Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church recently concluded the 2018 MACC Painting Competition with the awarding and exhibit of entry winners and finalists, held last January 25, 2019, at the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila.  

First Prize

The panel of judges for this year’s competition comes from the art and cultural heritage community: Cebu-born artist Romulo Galicano is a distinguished portrait artist known for his technically academic works.  He won the grand prize at the International Portrait Competition of the Portrait Society of America, among his other awards, and has done numerous solo exhibitions both locally and overseas.  Another judge, Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II is a practicing lawyer and visual artist who is a member of the Saturday Group of Artists.  Atty. Rojas was previously Vice-Chairman and General Manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and chair of the Philippine Racing Commission.  He is currently an opinion columnist for the Business Mirror and Pilipino Mirror, and a 2014 awardee of People Asia’s ‘Men Who Matter’.  The next judge is Corazon Alvina, who is currently director of the Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo.  She was previously director of the National Museum of the Philippines (2001-2010), and has served as chairman of the Asia-Europe Museums Network (2005-2007), chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan committee, a three-term governing board member of the SEAMEO Project for Archeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA) in Bangkok, and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (1991-2001).  The last juror, Joselina Cruz, is the director and curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila.  Ms. Cruz previously worked as a curator for the Lopez Museum and Singapore Art Museum.  She was also curator of the 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), 13th Jakarta Biennale (2009), and curated the Philippine Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale.            

The first prize was won by Miguel Emmanuel Borbor from First City Providential College, with his entry entitled, “Pananampalataya: Daluyan ng Buhay at Pag-asa”.  The second prize was given to Justine Olivarez from the Philippine Normal University with his entry, ”Bata Bata Paano Awa Ginawa”.  The third prize winner was Louis Rafael Espinosa from the University of Santo Tomas with his title entry, “Para Sa Poong Nazareno”.    

Three Jurors’ Choice awards were given to Aldrin Tamidles from the Technological University of the Philippines for his entry, “The Last Suffer”, and students from the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, namely, Joegan Espina for his entry, “Paniniwala at Pinagpala´ and John Hernandez for his entry, “Stations of the Cross”.

Now on its 12th year, the MACC Annual Painting Competition seeks to engage young artists in contemporary artistic interpretations of the Catholic faith and to promote awareness and appreciation of religious art.  (MACC)

Second Prize


Juror's Choice


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