Posted: Friday | April 20, 2012 | 1:40 PM
AS PART of its mandate to help promote the country’s tourism industry, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is holding its first National Art Competition using the country’s tourism campaign “It’s more fun in the Philippines” as the contest’s central theme.
Assistant VP for Corporate Communications Maricar Bautista said the 1st PAGCOR National Art Competition intends to tap professional and budding painters “in coming out with beautiful pieces of artworks that will truthfully depict the colorful culture and undeniable beauty of the Philippines, the famed warmth and hospitality of its people, and the diverse activities that could be found in the country which will truly make one’s visit to the Philippines more fun and memorable.”
The Philippines has a lot to offer, says Bautista. “Apart from the genuine amiability of Filipinos, we have one of the world’s seven wonders of nature (the Puerto Princesa Underground River), some of the best beaches and natural scenic spots, and the most lively, colorful festivals being celebrated in different parts of the country during various times of the year,” she added.
“We hope to capture all of these through the 1st PAGCOR National Art Competition. The winning artworks will be featured in the 2013 PAGCOR Calendar for distribution to our various publics. This will be one way of promoting the Philippines as the more fun place to visit in support of the tourism department’s campaign,” Bautista explained.
The contest, according to Bautista, will also help showcase the talent and artistic ability not only of professional painters, but of aspiring painters as well who dream of establishing a name in the Art industry. “We know there are many talented painters out there who are only waiting for a chance to be discovered. This contest may just be the right venue for them to showcase their talent.”
The 1st PAGCOR National Art Competition is open to professional and non-professional painters. The professional category is open to all nationalities aged 24 years old and above, and must be residing in the Philippines during the contest’s duration. Meantime, the non-professional category covers students 13 to 23 years old who are enrolled in a school, college or university accredited by the Department of Education (DepEd) or Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Bautista said PAGCOR will pick 10 finalists for each of the two categories. “We will have a total of six grand prize winners. The three grand winners in the non-professional category will each receive P50,000 cash plus trophy, while the three winning entries in the professional category will each be rewarded a cash prize of P75,000 plus trophy.” On the other hand, the seven non-winning entries will each get P5,000 (for non-professional category) and P10,000 (for professional category).
Bautista explained that the criteria for selecting the finalists and winning entries will be based on adherence to the theme “It’s more fun in the Philippines”, overall impact, color harmony, technique and composition. Deadline for the submission of entries is on June 15, 2012.
Entries should be executed in full color using oil, pastel and watercolor. “Since we want the entries to be original and exclusive to PAGCOR, all entries to be submitted should not have been entered in any other art or design contest, and must have never been published commercially,” Bautista noted.
Entry forms for the 1st PAGCOR National Art Competition are available in all Casino Filipino branches nationwide and may also be downloaded from www.pagcor.ph. The official artwork entry and documentary requirements may be personally delivered or sent via courier to the Concierge Section of any Casino Filipino branch or to the PAGCOR Corporate Communications Office at the 6th floor of Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila, MH del Pilar cor. Pedro Gil Sts., Malate, Manila.
For complete details on the contest rules and mechanics, kindly visit www.pagcor.ph or call PAGCOR CCD at telephone numbers (02) 247-1049 or 242-0121 local 622 or 629.