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GSIS names 2013 art tilt winners

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) declared 21 out of 623 artworks, including an entry from Switzerland, as winners and honorable mentions in the 2013 GSIS Art Competition held on June 24 at the GSIS Theater in Pasay.

Named were nine winners and 12 honorable mentions in the competition’s three categories: nonrepresentational, representational and sculpture.

In the nonrepresentational category, Jesus D. Santos bagged the grand prize for his work The Unseen Beauty Beyond Poverty. Fitzsimon L. Herrera’s My Shadow’s Only One That Walks Beside Me and Melchor D. Bernaldo’s Anatomy of the Threat placed second and third, respectively.

Santos, who won in the nonrepresentational category, was last year’s winner in the representational category. In the past few years of joining the tilt, his entries have consistently landed in the list of finalists or runners up.

In the representational category, Thomas D. Daquioag’s The Family garnered the top prize, followed by second and third prize winners Jason B. Bequillo’s Faith Can Move Mountains and Joel R. Bartolome’s Dozens of Dreams.

Bequillo, who placed second in the representational category, won despite his physical handicap. Born without fingers, he worked on his winning piece by inserting a paint brush between his palms. Bequillo does portraits for a living.

“Ipinapakita ko sa ginawa ko na kahit wala akong mga daliri, kayang-kaya ko dahil meron akong pananampalataya,” Bequillo said.

Jojit C. Nagamos placed first in the sculpture category for his work Tenement, while Federico T. Jimenez Jr.’s Hinga Ng Malalim and Victorio Brazil Bautista Jr.’s Tinik Sa Laman were adjudged second and third best pieces.

All winners for the three categories were  given cash prizes, trophies, medals, and certificates.

“The GSIS has been holding the art competition yearly as part of our anniversary celebration to promote artistic excellence and make space for creative visual expressions,” GSIS president and general manager Robert G. Vergara said in his opening remarks during the awarding ceremonies.

Renowned artists, art enthusiasts and GSIS senior executives comprised the panel of judges this year who included — Ms. Regina Cruz, Ms. Camille Vergara, Mr. Jaime Amante, Mr. Angelito Antonio, GSIS SVP Dionisio Ebdane Jr., Mr. Justin Nuyda, and Mr. Rene Robles, for the non-representational category.

For the representational category, the judges were GSIS PGM Robert G. Vergara, Mr. Antipas Delotavo, Dr. Jaime Laya, Mr. Ephraim Samson, and Mr. Juvenal Sanso; for the sculpture category, the judges included Ms. Julie Lluch, Mr. Robert Feleo and Mr. Jun Yee.

All winning artworks are displayed at the GSIS Museo ng Sining and GSIS Theater up to 31 July 2013, and will be featured in the GSIS’s 2014 calendar and other printed materials. Of these, only the top three winners in each category will automatically become part of the GSIS’s art collection. The honorable mentions, finalists, and nonwinning artists may opt to retrieve their work from, or donate to the GSIS.

The 2013 GSIS art competition, now on its 9th year, was held in partnership with the Art Association of the Philippines.