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GSIS opens 2015 art tilt

Date Posted: April 30, 2015

VP Margie Jorillo of the GSIS Corporate Communications Office and Manager Ryan Palad of the GSIS Corporate Social Advocacies and Public Relations Facilities Department turn over to Fidel Sarmiento, President of Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), the entry forms to be used for the 2015 GSIS Art Competition during the art contest’s opening ceremonies at the GSIS Museo ng Sining in Pasay City. Witnessing the turnover are other AAP officers (from left) Roger Santos, Mark Louie Gonzales, Marge Lim, Ral Arrogante, Danilo Santiago, and Jo Florendo. AAP has been GSIS’s partner in holding the art contest for over a decade now. The stage backdrop shown in the photo contains the contest guidelines, which were also unveiled during the turnover rites.

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) announced the opening of its 2015 Annual Art Competition.

This year’s theme for the representational (figurative) category is “Gender Equality Is Empowerment”, while the nonrepresentational (abstract) and sculpture categories are open-themed.

Cash prizes of Php300,000, Php200,000, and Php100,000 await the top three winners in the figurative and abstract categories. In the sculpture category, the first, second, and third place winners will receive Php200,000, Php150,000, and Php100,000, respectively. All three categories will have five honorable mentions who will each receive P30,000.

Entries to the figurative category must be in landscape (horizontal) orientation, measure 4 feet by 3 feet (excluding the frame), and weigh no more than 10 kilos (including the frame).

In the abstract category, entries must be in portrait (vertical) orientation, measure 3 feet by 4 feet (excluding the frame), and weigh no more than 10 kilos (including the frame).

Acceptable mediums in both figurative and abstract categories are oil or acrylic on canvas and watercolor only. Museum wrap or box type and watercolor paper are allowed, except illustration boards. For watercolor entries, use of collage, decoupage, assemblage, or nonpigment-based materials like paper, board, plastic metal, or cloth is also prohibited.

In the sculpture category, entries must be within 18-36 inches in length, 12-24 inches in depth, 24-48 inches in height, and within 10 to 50 kilos in weight.

Sculptures must be made out of metal, hardwood, stone, terracotta, resin or glass and last at least 25 years. Metal materials may be steel, brass, copper, aluminum, or bronze, while acceptable stone materials are marble, granite, and limestone. Hardwood must be properly treated against termites. An entry should have its own pedestal, if needed, which will not be included in the total measurement.

All entries must be the artist’s original work dated not earlier than 2015 and must not have been revised, awarded a prize, or exhibited prior to the competition.

Detailed guidelines and official entry forms may be downloaded from the GSIS website,, and are available in the GSIS Head Office and all branches across the country.

Entries must be submitted only on May 9 (Saturday), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the GSIS Gymnasium, GSIS Building, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

Interested artists who have other inquiries may call the GSIS Museo ng Sining at 859-0395 or 0939-1223201. They can also email or

Now on its 11th year, the GSIS art competition has been the pension fund’s corporate social responsibility program to particularly help aspiring Filipino artists.