On September 16, eight Filipino painters and sculptors were officially recognized in a virtual awards ceremony and exhibition opening (www.madeartdepot.ph) as laureates of the 37th Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE).
Under the theme “Specter: The Art of Possibility”, Filipino artists were called “to tap into the vast realm of creativity and translate their spectrum of ideas into works that reflect human experience and reshape the world” . MADE continues to be a visual arts provider, amplifying the reach and voice of local talent and visionaries. Since its creation in 1984, MADE has recognized more than 400 visual artists and design professionals, a majority of whom now leave their mark on the local and international art and design scene.
This year, MADE registered the highest number of entries over the past 10 years with a record 701 entries – 564 entries for the Oil on Canvas category; 77 entries for the Water Media on Paper category; and 60 entries for the sculpture recognition program.
“When our lives were suddenly disrupted by the pandemic, the competition was postponed last year. Now that we are learning to live with the reality of COVID-19, we are continuing our mission to develop the potential of young artists and allow them to freely express their voices, even if this new standard is restrictive ”, shares the president of the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. Aniceto. Sobrepeña. “The hundreds of nominations submitted across the country are testament to our local artists‘ passion for creation. They visually convey the heartbeat of a people facing global disease, fears, anger, sadness and loss, but also hope, courage and tenacity to fight this enemy with kindness, generosity and compassion. .
Lymuel Aguilar Bautista and Ariosto Dale C. Bagtas share first place as top laureates of the Painting Recognition Program. Originally from San Jose, Calumpit, Bulacan, Bautista’s work titled Haunted Wall of Chaos tackles political issues involving red marking and anti-terrorism law to call on society to work and help each other under one roof. A resident of Marilao, Bulacan, Bagtas’ Between heaven and earth depicts hardships and triumph on canvas. “We are in the middle of the pandemic, where we are all suffering from the disease, but we can get by by believing in God. In Him we will have healing and deliverance, happiness, contentment and a good life.
Clark S. Manalo, who received a special mention for his work, Uncensored error of faith, also spoke about faith during this difficult time. “My central point is that people are overwhelmed by the pandemic and we forget how to nurture our faith. We tend to focus on the things we idolize, not necessarily religious images, but money and gadgets. “
Drawing on social realism, Mark Anthony P. Laza focuses on the emotion of a given situation for his concepts. For his winning piece, Binyag sa Landas – Apoy, it highlights the burden and struggle of the workers and the baptism of fire of the child by asking the question “Will those who came later suffer the same fate?”
The award-winning play by Crispo D. Mantiquilla was taken from the bible verse “There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and frightening events and great signs from heaven. “(Lucas 21:11). “I try to involve the means of preparation, to be preventive and to be faithful. It is not too late for the world to achieve its main goal. That’s His way of showing us that He’s bigger than what’s going on now. This is the right time for us to strengthen our faith, our love and our cooperation with each other because I believe that only He can save us, ”says Mantiquilla. With the recognition he got from MADE for Lucas 21:11, Mantiquilla, who juggles his time and energy between being an artist and a contractor overseas, believes God has a mission for him: to be an artist. full time one day.
It was Kathleen Sareena DC Dagum’s first major victory when she won the Grand Award for the Sculptor’s Recognition category. “Winning in MADE gave me a voice as an artist. As a sculptor, I have a story to tell, ”says Dagum. His winning piece is called Bungkag, a Hiligaynon and Cebuano term for breaking violently or loudly. In his room, Bungkag depicts a monopoly system in society in which certain sectors are deprived of growth and opportunities compared to advantaged sectors. “These individuals in the outer layer have more access, unlike others who are retained in the middle. If left unchecked, it can only lead to destruction, so this system actually does not favor anyone. “
Other sculptures that received special mention focused on the mental state and human emotion.
An outdoor enthusiast, Carlo P. De Laza suffered from anxiety caused by his confinement at home. Previously he was inspired by hiking and surfing so his current situation gave De Laza a hard time. As consolation, he focused on his studio work, a conscious decision that eased his mental distress while dreaming of returning to his old lifestyle. In his room, Isang Pangarap and Managinip, De Leon looks at how people rate their hopes (pangarap) and their dreams (panaginip) differently.
Tyrone Dave Espinosa Nakakabinging Katahimikan deals with the dark side of the pandemic: depression and suicide. “My play tells about the cry of each individual, not literally, but a cry of emotion, a cry that is deafening to sick people and this disease is depression. He has a frightening and morbid image and that is meant to show pain. You will be excited to feel the pain and wake up to reality, so that you can make amends and make things right.
Each of the top winners of the painting and sculpture recognition programs received a cash prize of P 500,000, while those listed with special mention received a cash prize of P 100,000 each.
All the winners also received the Mula glass trophy designed by Noell El Farol, winner of the Metrobank Award for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS), and automatically became a member of the MADE-Network of Winners, the alumni organization that implements paid projects intended to marginalized sectors.