OFW in Saudi bags top prize in Metrobank Art tilt


Posted at Aug 28 2014 03:26 PM | Updated as of Aug 28 2014 11:26 PM

Natalio Alob Jr. Photo grabbed from George Pontino Jr.'s Facebook

SAUDI ARABIA – The art work by a Filipino overseas worker has won first prize at the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence.

Nonoy Alob Jr.'s masterpiece called "Storm Surge" was inspired by the super typhoon that hit the Philippines last year.

He bagged the first prize under the sculpture category.

"Mga calamity, mga kahirapan sa Pilipinas, nagiisip ka, kung paano ko gagawan ng artwork na mabibigyan ng leksyon yong iba, pag nakita ng iba," he said.

Alob is no stranger to art competitions. In fact, his artworks—from mural paintings, T-shirt making, poster making, cover design, clay sculpture and body painting-- have won several awards in the past.

It was in 1995 when he began competing in the art scene. Most of the time, he takes home the prize. The 2012 GSIS Art Competition and Philippine Stock Exchange Art Competition were just among the top prizes he won in the past.

But sculpture is closest to his heart he said.

"Kasi dyan ako masaya, parang maligaya ako na gumagawa, at the same time, mapagkitaan," he said.

The award-winning sculptor has been working as an illustrator for children's book in Riyadh for 12 years now. His employer is the Saudi princess Maha al Faisal.

Alob now tries to incorporate old watches on his masterpieces.

He urges his fellow OFWs to try their hands on the art of sculpting which became his past time and provided the means for his family to be able to stay in Saudi Arabia.

"Sige lang nang praktis, tapos magbasa, magimbento, i-enhance yong talent," he said. Report from Roland Blanco, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau