MAKATI, Philippines—In what is usually reserved for business leaders and government officials, the ceremonial bell ringing at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Wednesday morning was graced by two respected figures in Philippine Art: National Artist for Visual Arts (for Painting) Benedicto Cabrera and National Artist for Visual Arts (for Sculpture) Abdulmari Imao. The two led the rites at the PSE Ayala Trading Floor. They were joined by PSE President Mr. Hans Sicat and the PSE Board of Directors.
The ceremonial bell ringing marked PSE’s 20th unification and incorporation anniversary. It also marked the launch of “Sining PSE: 2012 National Art Compettion,” which targets young Filipino artists, 21 years old and above, to participate in the contest and showcase their talents in the field of painting and sculpture.
Both artists will head the panel of judges of the competition. BenCab and Imao expressed their gratitude to the PSE for inviting them to participate in the project. The competition, they said, will further encourage and give promising young Filipino artists exposure and an added venue to present their artworks.
PSE Chairman Jose T. Pardo said, “The PSE believes that investing in the creativity of the Filipino people is tantamount and parallel to investing in education of a different form. Art is a universal and unifying language that people from all walks of life and various cultures understand. Art is important in reaching out to various markets as we continue to flourish in a global economy.”
The winning artworks will be featured in the 2012 PSE annual report and other publishable materials and products of the PSE for distribution to various publics.
“It is our hope that through this nationwide art competition, our vision and the role of the capital markets in national development will be communicated through the broad and confident brush strokes and the bold stylized forms of the works that will be created in the next few months,” Mr. Pardo also said.
Sining PSE is a nationwide painting and sculpture contest open to all non-professional Filipino artists, 21 years old and above. The PSE will pick 10 finalists for each category. There will be three grand cash prizes to be awarded for each category and seven consolation cash prizes.
Winning entries will be based on originality of the work, overall impact or message and the rendition or use of material. Deadline for the submission of entries is on October 1, 2012. Regional entries sent to the Project Secretariat care of Studio 5 Designs via standard registered package or courier must be postmarked October 1, 2012.
In line with the objective of the Sining PSE to develop creativity, originality, and artistic excellence, the contest requires that all entries submitted for the competition must be original works by the participant and must not have been entered to other related art competitions. InterAksyon.com is a proud media partner of the national art contest.
Entry forms for SiningPSE: 2012 National Art Competition may be downloaded from www.pse.com.phor www.facebook.com/SiningPSE. Application forms are also available at the Project Secretariat’s office c/o Studio 5 Designs, 28 Paseo de Roxas corner Jupiter St., Bel-Air Village, Makati City, with telephone numbers (02) 8953971/75.