THE EFFECTS of environmental hazards were the focus of the winning artworks in this year’s UST interschool on-the-spot painting competition, held at Benavides Park last Feb. 11.
The contest’s 76th installment, which had the theme “Love of Nature in Art,” cited National Artists for Painting Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Fernando Amorsolo’s depiction of golden rice fields and nature as inspirations.
Participants included students from Feati University, Kalayaan College, Far Eastern University (FEU), Bulacan State University, Mapua Institute of Technology, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) and University of the Philippines Diliman. All contestants were given 30 x 40 canvases.
Bulacan State University student Francis Eugene Andrade’s painting of women standing in a meadow and holding mirrors reflecting societal issues, titled “Human Nature,” won first place.
“Kung maganda ‘yung nangyayari sa nature, maganda rin ‘yung mangyayari sa’tin. Kaya ‘yung mga mukha nila, nakatutok sa nature,” Andrade said in an interview with the Varsitarian.
John Rowell Corea, also from Bulacan State University, bagged second prize with “Panatilihin ang Bukas,” an oil-and-acrylic-on-canvas painting that evinced hands holding green crumpled papers resembling tree leaves.
“Deep Love” by Arvin Santos of the University of the East clinched the third prize. The painting showed abstractions of the country’s national animals like the tamaraw, the Philippine eagle and the carabao.
FEU’s Sophia Yvone Salvador received the Metrobank Choice Award for her painting “Flora and Fauna.”
First honorable mention went to Wendi Potoc of the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology for his work titled “Wala Tayong Makikitang Kagandahan Sa Ating Kapaligiran Kung ‘Di Natin Ito Aalagaan.”
Thomasian Ma. Therese Cunanan’s painting “Dying Nature” was second honorable mention and Jehushua Pascua of TUP received third honorable mention for his painting “Human Nature.”
Founded by Rector Magnificus Silvestre Sancho in 1941, UST’s on-the-spot painting competition is the oldest of its kind in the country.
Artists Joe Barcena, Alfredo Esquillo, Mark Salvatus and Ronaldo Ventura were among the previous winners of this competition.