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GSIS bags Anvil gold for its annual art tilt

Date Posted: March 26, 2018

GSIS Vice President for Corporate Communications Marge Jorillo and Arts Association of the Philippines President Fidel Sarmiento received on Friday the prestigious gold Anvil award for the 13th Annual Art Competition under the category of PR Program on Sustained Basis. They were joined by the staff of the Corporate Social Advocacy-Public Relations Facilities Department (from left) Ricky Ramos, April Grace Lucas, Rosinni Conwi, Leslie Fangonil, Meljune Aminah Dionisio, Joan Caldea, and Rodello Giron.

State pension fund received on Friday, the prestigious Anvil Gold for providing a platform for local and emerging artists, to showcase their art through the GSIS annual art competition. Considered as the Oscars of public relations programs, the art tilt won under the category of PR program on a sustained basis, sub-category of Arts & Culture / Heritage / Tourism.

The conduct of the competition is unique in the sense that an institution, which manages the savings of public sector employees and pensioners, is powering the creativity of local artists who could emerge as the next masters.


Since 2004, the GSIS art competition continues to gain popularity, judging by the increasing number of entries that the pension fund receive every year. From 200 entries in 2004, the number has increased exponentially every year, reaching over a thousand entries in 2017 alone. There is no better barometer for its success as the competition has become one of the most sought after and highly-regarded art competitions in the country.

Last year, artists from Pampanga, Camarines, Romblon, Cebu, La Union, Aklan, Iloilo, Davao, Zamboanga, Iligan, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan as well as Switzerland and the Middle East, honored GSIS with their works of art. GSIS also welcomed the growing submission of artworks by 17 artists from the New Bilibid Prison that were sent through a representative from the Bureau of Corrections, proving that art is indeed universal, and the confines of a prison cell is no hindrance for artistic expression. Sunshine Place, a senior recreation center in Makati also submitted works by members of its painting class, with no less than Ms Conchitina Sevilla-Bernardo, leading the senior citizens’ contingent, proof positive that art is ageless.

The deadline for submission of entries for the 2018 art competition is on April 21, 2018. For inquiries, please call 859.0395, 479.3588 and 0917.135.1752 or send an email through museum@gsis.gov.ph.