Samuel Penaso strikes a winning pose beside his work.
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Sam Penaso’s intricate depiction of Sugarlandia wins Don Papa’s vote

The grand prize winner at the 4th Annual Don Papa Art Competition received an artistic residency in London.
ANCX Staff | Mar 01 2019

Samuel Penaso of Renaissance Gallery bested all other artists who participated in the 4th Annual Don Papa Art Competition for his perceptive interpretation of Sugarlandia, a mythical representation of Negros Island. Penaso’s winning artwork titled “Botany” used acrylic on reflective stainless material to depict man’s co-existence and interdependence with plants and animals, reinforcing our connection with nature.

Samuel Penaso's "Botany"

Penaso was awarded by Bleeding Heart Rum Company (BHRC), the makers of Don Papa Rum, during the closing party of the Art Fair Philippines on February 23 in the presence of exhibitors, artists, and special guests.

For this win, Penaso will enjoy an exclusive month-long “Artistic Sojourn Residence” in London along with Don Papa Rum products and other incentives. Renaissance Gallery’s representatives will also receive roundtrip tickets to London and other incentives.

Geovanni Abing's "Inside the Mind of Papa Isio"

A hub of culture, business, fashion, and the arts, London should be a perfect location for an artistic immersion. The UK’s capital city hosts a selection of the finest arts and cultural shows in museums, art galleries, and public spaces.

Now on its 4th year, the art competition highlights the stellar works of some of the most talented artists in the country, chosen by distinguished figures in the art industry, assembled and facilitated in partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

The Top 10 finalists this year include Aidan Blaise Zamora, Paul Cabanalan, John Paul Antido, Geovanni Abing, Don Bunag, Riel Hilario, Mike Garcia, Miguel Punzalan, Vena Martinez, and Penaso.

Top 10 finalist of 4th Don Papa Art Competition

The Top 10 artworks were featured as an exhibit by Don Papa Rum at the Art Fair Philippines, the country’s platform for showcasing the best of Philippine contemporary visual art. Among the finalists, Abing (“Inside the Mind of Papa Isio”) bagged the People’s Choice Award for having the highest number of votes in social media and onsite. Meanwhile, the Artistic Merit was awarded to John Paul Antido (“Harmony in Diversity”) for the best technical execution of the creative brief.

John Paul Antido's "Harmony in Diversity"

The Art Competition encourages more up and coming artists from different galleries and museums across the country to join. It also serves as a platform for talented individuals to showcase their work in an international stage and an avenue for BHRC to highlight the artistry and creativity of Filipinos in a global scale.

Penaso’s winning art work will serve as the visual basis for the Limited Edition Don Papa Art Canister regularly released during the Christmas holidays.

Don Papa Booth Art Fair 2019

Over time, the competition has produced a lineup of outstanding winners which include Lee Paje of Tin-Aw Art Gallery (2017), Henrielle Pagkaliwangan, also of Tin-Aw Art Gallery (2016), and Riel Hilario of The Drawing Room Gallery (2015). Find more about Don Papa Rum online at the website and official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.