Winners of 2021 GSIS Art Competition bared

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) announced the winners of its 16th National Art Competition held last June 25 with the theme “Alay na Ginhawa sa Panahon ng Pandemya.”

GSIS received a total of 1,451 art entries across three art categories, namely: Representational, Non-Representational (Abstract) and Sculpture/Relief. This represents the highest number of artworks submitted since GSIS launched the art tilt in 2004.

A cash prize of Php300,000 was awarded to each of the top winners of the Representational and Non-Representational (Abstract) painting categories while Php250,000 was given to the winner of the Sculpture category. Second and Third Place winners in all three (3) categories were granted Php200,000 and Php100,000, while four (4) Honorable Mentions in all categories received Php25,000 each.

The following are the winners of this year’s GSIS Art Competition:

In the representational painting category, John Mhar Santos bagged the first prize for “Parcel No. 143.” Ryan Joseph Casiles and Edu Perreras won second and third prizes for “Yakapsul” and “Doble Kayod,” respectively.

For the Non-Representational (Abstract) painting category, the top prize was awarded to Seifred Guilaran for “Brush Stroke Imitation” while second and third prizes went to Rick Hernandez for his “Tale of Two Variants” and Herbert Pajarito for “Look Up in the Sky.”

For Sculpture, Sariel Armando Ancheta garnered first place for “Tatsulok” followed by Dante Blanco for “Dalangin” and Wilfredo Custodio for “Ang Hardinera” for third place.

Honorable mentions were conferred to Joemel Mirabuena for “Silver Lining,” Christian Cabillo for “Sakripisyo ng Maginhawang Bukas,” Norberto Mallari for “Pakunswelo,” and Edmond Reboredo for “Be Positive – Be Negative,” under the Representational painting category.

In the abstract painting category, Elbert Caballero for “Komposisyon ng Pukyutan,” Jonathan Borjal for “Rusted Sheet,” Rodel Rillera for “Philwealth,” and Aberlardo Maceda Jr. for “Panganib” likewise earned honorable mentions.

Francisco Sibug for “Matthew 11:28,” Wilfredo Baysauli for “Liwanag ng Pag-asa,” Frederick Masangkay for “Plantita,” and Arsenio Lagura Jr. for “Pananagutan” were honorable mentions under the Sculpture category.

All abovementioned winning artworks are now part of the GSIS art collection. The said artworks shall be on display at the GSIS Museo ng Sining in Pasay City until December 29, 2021.

The awarding ceremonies can be accessed on the GSIS Museo ng Sining Facebook account until August 31,2021.

To view the winning artworks at the GSIS Museo ng Sining, guests must email or to schedule their visit. Due to COVID-19, the museum is open on limited capacity and by session with 25 visitors only starting July 13 (Tuesday). Special access is given Tuesdays to Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. except on holidays and dates reserved for special functions/activities. For inquiries, clients may call (02)8859-0395 or send a message to the aforementioned email addresses.

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