TWO STUDENTS from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) emerged as winners in the calendar category of Shell National Students Art Competition. Last year, only one Thomasian won in the contest and it is under the same category.

Aside from the two first place winners, five other students from UST also bagged awards from the sculpture and digital fine arts category.

Winning calendars

The calendar, “Isang watawat, isang ugat” by Raymond Ignacio, is a collage of pictures forming the Philippine flag. The photos that composed the artwork depicted sceneries and sights around the Philippines.

Karen Louise Magano’s winning work “PaPaKaPi (Patuloy na pag-asa sa kabuuan ng Pilipinas)” is also a representation of the Philippine flag. Taking the form of a native Capiz lantern, it is divided into the three main colors of the flag—yellow, blue and red.

Victorious Pieces

Landing in third place for his sculpture, “Martilyo,” Advertising Arts student Enrico Manalang Jr. shows two human forms hammering a giant nail. The body of the two men is attached to the side of the nail that they are hammering.

Meanwhile, Miguel Senires’ “Art of Battle” won third place in the digital fine arts category. It portrays a warrior-like man under red lights.

On the other hand, Joshua Mogol’s “Hope” garnered an honorable mention on the Sculpture category, while Danroled Gonzalez’ “Lady Ardor” and Alexander Santos’ “This is for you” were proclaimed honorable mention in the digital fine arts category.

In the 2009 competition, only one Thomasian was able win under the calendar category, which required oil or acrylic as the medium. “Old Binondo Church” by Miguel Angelo D. Lopez was a scenic painting of the Binondo Church during the Spanish era. The yellowish tone of the painting gave it a classic look.


The competition was composed of five categories: oil or acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, digital fine arts and calendar. The calendar category was the only category which required participants to apply this year’s theme “143 Pilipinas, the new Philippines: Pledges of hope, love and peace through Philippine Art”.

The works of this year’s winners were put on show last October 13 to 30 at the Ayala Museum. Maria Joanna Angela D. Cruz


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