Presented by PMFTC, Inc. — a joint-venture company between Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. (PMPMI) and Fortune Tobacco Corp. (FTC) — and the Yuchengco Museum, together with Samsung Philippines, the PAA continues its mission in providing the necessary ideal and challenging arena for art competition.
“[The PAA is] regarded by general consensus as a pinnacle to be scaled, as a kind of Mt. Olympus… a summit many Filipino artists, whether established or emerging, aspire to reach. Inarguably, the PAA is the preeminent art competition in the country,” PAA judge and art critic Cid Reyes said during the awards night on Aug. 25 at the Yuchengco Museum in Makati City.
There were five winners for each region: Metro Manila, Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
The winners for Metro Manila were Neil Russel S. Balajadia, Florence Jose M. Cinco, George O. Cubacub, Roderick Macutay, and Dexter M. Sy, while awardees from Luzon were Abigail C. Dionisio, Edwin P. Martinez, Keith Romeo S. Espinoza, Marc Aran C. Reyes and Mike Garcia.
Visayas winners were Marrz Catapang, Jason A. Delgado, Rommel Anglacer Garde, Jose B. Inocencio III, and Joemel G. Mirabuena, while from Mindanao came Raul S. Bendit, Joel Geolamen, Alynnah B. Macia, Renato A. Pilapil, and Rodney Yap.
National winners were also selected from the 20. Awards of Merit were given to Mr. Cubacub for his work Ipagpaliban at Itakda, and Ms. Dionisio for Through Troubled Water, For High Times and Love. The Awards of Excellence meanwhile were given to Mr. Mirabuena for Quintessence of 12 Arm Chairs, and Mr. Pilapil for Bridge. The Grand Price winner is Mr. Sy for Paradise Lost
Luzon: Paombong, Bulacan
Through Troubled Water, for High Times and Love
Oil and hand embroidery on canvas
121.92 x 182.88 cm
Philippine Art Awards 2015 – 2016 Award of Merit
Embroidery on canvas. Two types of ground stretched separately, but on top of each other. These are the conditions by which images interweave in the work. Pigment, thread, image of wrapped objects, portraits cohabit the pictorial space in a reflection on conflicts and coexistence. – Patrick D. Flores, PhD
The artwork is currently on exhibit until September 10, 2016 Saturday.