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GSIS art tilt attracts 1,000 entries

Date Posted: June 2, 2017
The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) drew a total of 1,084 artworks to its national art competition this year, the highest turnout since its launch in 2004.

Of the total entries to the 2017 GSIS National Art Competition held last May 6, 2017 at the GSIS Head Office in Pasay City, 499 artworks were submitted for the representational category, 475 entries for the nonrepresentational category, and 110, sculpture category.

For the first time, senior citizens affiliated with the Sunshine Place Senior Recreation Center in Makati City submitted 14 artworks to the competition.

Seventeen inmates from the New Bilibid Prison also joined the contest by sending their artworks through a representative.

Other entries came from Pampanga, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and from as far as Romblon, Cebu, Aklan, Iloilo, Davao, Iligan, and Zamboanga.

Because of the huge turnout and varied mix of artists who participated, the GSIS art tilt is now considered the biggest and most anticipated visual art competition.

Winners will be announced during the awards night on June 2, 6 p.m., at the GSIS Theater.

The first, second, and third place winners in the representational and nonrepresentational categories will receive Php300,000, Php200,000, and Php100,000, respectively.

In the sculpture category, the prizes for the top three are Php200,000, Php150,000, and Php100,000.

The five honorable mentions per category will receive Php30,000 each.

The winning artworks and selected entries will be featured in an art exhibit at the GSIS Museum in Pasay City, which will run until July 31.

The annual GSIS National Art Competition is one of the corporate social responsibility programs of the pension fund and has served as a vehicle in launching the careers of many aspiring Filipino artists over the years.