THREE Advertising students from the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) took prime spots in the EPSON digital fine arts category of the 37th Shell National Students Art Competition last Oct. 14.

Fernando Fernandez, Jr., a junior, clinched the top spot for “After Lunch,” while senior Glenelle Taraya placed third for “Hot Green Mornings.”

Another senior, Aristotle Dy, got an honorable mention for “Mixed Flavor.”

Fernandez, who received P50,000 worth of EPSON products, also made it as a finalist in the oil/acrylic category of the contest.

“Nakakagulat, pero siyempre proud ako (sa napanalunan ko),” Fernandez said. “I was not expecting to win kasi intention ko lang talagang mai-exhibit ‘yung mga gawa ko.”

The three students each received a cash prize, a certificate, a medal, and a plaque.

According to CFAD Dean Prof. Jaime de los Santos, the College has been encouraging its students to join contests as a form of training.

“Their achievement is an apparent affirmation of UST’s thrust in the arts,” De los Santos said.

The Shell Art competition started in 1951 in support of Filipino student artists and their visual expression in oil, acrylic or watercolor painting, sculpting, and digital fine arts. This year’s edition drew 1,246 participants nationwide.

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