MANILA, Philippines - A 33-year old native from Ilocos Sur and an overseas Filipino worker won the grand prizes for the first national art competition held by the Philippine Stock Exchange.
Bryan Teves from Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur was awarded the grand prize in the Painting category, while Natalio Alob clinched the top award for the Sculpture category.
Teves, a fine arts graduate of UP Baguio, worked on his winning piece for a month. The painting, "Turning Tables," hailed overseas Filipino workers as modern day heroes.
Alob, meanwhile, studied fine arts in Bacolod prior to working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His sculpture was titled "Gear Up Pinoys."
Other winners for the Painting category include: Gerald Mungcal for his painting "Kayod Kalabaw: Pula, Dilaw, at Bughaw"; and Jeffrey Salon for "The Vision II: Empowered."
Runners-up for the Sculpture Category, meanwhile, are: Joji Limayo for his wood sculpture titled "Vault"; and Julian Almirol for his wooden piece called "Luzviminda: Key of Prosperity."
Sining PSE, launched in June, was done in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the unification of the Manila and Makati bourses.
The event, a contest for amateur artists, was themed "Nagkakaisang Pilipino Para sa Maunlad at Masigasig na Kalakalan" or United Filipino People for Progressive and Active Trade.