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GSIS announces 2014 GSIS art tilt winners

Date Posted: June 27, 2014

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) honored the winners of this year’s art competition in simple ceremonies on Friday.

On its 10th year and for the first time, the competition introduced mixed media or the use of objects with traditional artist media as a new category, to further enhance creative expressions. Non-representational and sculpture rounded out the three categories in this year’s tilt.

GSIS received more than 500 entries in a variety of mediums under an open theme. Entries not only came from all over the country but from Switzerland as well.

First place winners for each category received a cash prize of Php300,000; second place and third place winners received Php200,000 and Php100,000, respectively.

Five honourable mentions at Php20,000 each were also awarded for the mixed media and non-representational categories and three honourable mentions for the sculpture category.

The judging of entries was held last May 6 and 7, 2014 at the GSIS premises where distinguished artists and art enthusiasts were invited to choose the best entries.

Judges for the mixed media category included Trisha Coseteng, Camille Vergara, Raul Lebajo, Mario de Rivera and GSIS’s Chief Legal Counsel Jose Tale.

Sculptors Olivia D’Aboville, Agnes Arellano and Luis Yee Jr. comprised the jury for the sculpture category; while Charito Bitanga, Norberto Carating, Vim Nadera, Nestor Vinluan, and GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara completed the panel of judges for the non-representational category.

The winners for the Mixed Media category are Sam Penaso of Quezon City for his work entitled “Nosebleed” (first place); Emmanuel John Santos of Caloocan City for his work entitled “Remember Me” (second place) and Arthur D. Lozano of Baguio City for his work entitled “Kalawang na Syudad” (third place).

For the Non-Representational Category, the panel of judges chose top three winners, Gary Custodio of Kalibo, Aklan for his work entitled “Done, Redo, Redone, Done…”; Leopoldo Aguilar Jr. of Pasig City for his work entitled “New Landscape”; and Benjamin F. Cruz of Calamba, Laguna for his work entitled “Life and Beauty”.

Under the Sculpture Category, the winners included Roman Angelo R. Cruz of Angeles City, Pampanga for his work entitled “Essence of a Woman”; Pete Jimenez Jr. of Quezon City for his work entitled “Pusong Gubat, Galing sa Ugat” and Jerry R. Morada of Siniloan, Laguna for his work entitled “Water Fuel”.

Since 2004, GSIS has partnered with the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), the umbrella organization of art groups in the country, on the conduct of the art competition.

The winning entries will form part of the GSIS art collection. Visitors may view the 2014 art competition entries at the GSIS Museum until July 25, 2014.


1st Place Winner: Sam Penaso
Artwork: “Nosebleed”
Artist Statement: A funny word that I experience in my New York residency.
2nd Place Winner: Emmanuel John Santos
Artwork: “Remember Me”
Artist Statement: Remember Me – As Christ tell “Keep doing this a remembrance of Me” – Luke 22:19. Alalahanin ang huling hapunan.
3rd Place Winner: Arthur D. Lozano
Artwork: “Kalawang na Syudad”
Artist Statement: Ang yero sa bahay ng maralita ay puno ng mga pako ng pangakong guminhawa, nakaratay sa bubong na kalawang.
Honorable Mention for Mixed Media:
1. “Harana” by Darby Vincent Alcoseba (Entry# MM 68)
2. “Makabagong Luma: Lumang Makabago” by Arnel D. Garcia (Entry# MM 140)
3. “Portrait of My City Scape” by Adrian Jay S. Manuel (Entry# MM 126)
4. “Huling Baraha, Kapit Patalim” by Chrisanto N. Aquino (Entry# MM 134)
5. “Treasures in Heaven” by Jason B. Bequillo (Entry# MM 37)


1st Place Winner: Gary Custodio
Artwork: “Done, Redo, Redone, Done…”
Artist Statement: …is a story of how man changes his environment, on how he redo what seems finished, and on how he transform living space. It is also my life story on how we moved from one house to another, built the transformed then rebuild, but eventually now, we have settled to a house in a place we can call our own.
2nd Place Winner: Leopoldo Aguilar Jr.
Artwork: “New Landscape”
Artist Statement: The future of our landscape, recycled, after the war, smoky, cold, alien.
3rd Place Winner: Benjamin F. Cruz
Artwork: “Life and Beauty”
Artist Statement: Sariling pananaw. Viewer’s own perception of life and beauty from the colors and mediums done.
Honorable Mention for Nonrepresentational:
1. “Beyond the Gray Sky” by Ronnie O. Navarro (Entry# NR261)
2. “Kapanatagan at Hindi Hidwaan” by Milmar Ignacio B. Onal (Entry# NR182)
3. “Konektado” by Emmanuel John Santos (Entry# NR195)
4. “Trono” by Jojoy B. Zabala (Entry# NR255)
5. “Untitled-Walang Titulo” by Norlando Pobre (Entry# NR41)


1st Place Winner: Roman Angelo R. Cruz
Artwork: “Essence of a Woman”
2nd Place Winner: Federico Pete Jimenez Jr.
Artwork: “Pusong Gubat, Galing sa Ugat”
Artist Statement: …is my take on the immediate need to plant, grow, maintain and protect our mangrove forests. Dense mangrove trees are beautiful and the roots are sculptural. They protect the coastline from the devastating effects of the tsunamis and strom surges… So let’s “Heart” our mangrove forests!!!
3rd Place Winner: Jerry R. Morada
Artwork: “Water Fuel”
Artist Statement: Walang tatalo sa gasolina ng tao ang tubig. Kahit sa sasakyan ngayon naimbento na ang gasolinang tubig. Safe na, malakas pa ang makina. Ganun din ang tao, maging sa sport at mga gawaing nagpapapawis, tubig ang hanap. Mas magiging masigla, malakas ang arangkada ng mga atleta sa tulong na dala/karga.
Honorable Mention for Sculpture:
1. “Pugad” by Herwin Buccat (Entry# S15)
2. “Noli Me Tangere” by Jerome A. Sta. Maria (Entry# S7)
3. “Screw U 2” by Patrick Ka Hyan Uy Chong (Entry #S31)