Kids learn about EU-PHL friendship through art

Kids learn about EU-PHL friendship through art

Four children won over 36 other participants at the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines’ on-the-spot art contest held on May 24, at the Museo Pambata. The young winners impressed the judges with their imaginative use of EU and Philippine symbols for their interpretations of the theme “Europa, Kaibigan Ko Ito” (Europe, my friend and my partner).

(From left to right) Grand Prize Winner James Silacay, First Runner-Up Clark De Jesus, Second Runner-Up Kaitlyn Eugenio, Third Runner-Up Joanna Macalalad, and Fourth Runner-Up John Maputol smile for a photo while holding their artworks with EU Delegation to the Philippines Minister Counsellor Mattias Lentz, Museo Pambata Executive Director Maricel Montero, and “Europa, Kaibigan Ko Ito” On-The-Spot Art Contest judges Rev Cruz and Arli Pagaduan.

Grand winner James Silacay, 11, with his masterful use of textures and blending, creatively portrayed the friendship between the EU and the Philippines through a drawing of a handshake against a backdrop of the Philippine and EU flags, solidifying his spot in the first place.

First runner-up is 10-year old Clark De Jesus whose images of famous landmarks and national dresses of EU and the Philippines showcased his skill in shading. Second runner-up Kaitlyn Eugenio, 12,  depicted the friendship with a colorful image of a handshake. Joanna Macalalad, 11,  bagged third runner-up for her inventive drawing of passengers aboard a hot air balloon designed like the EU flag, under a sun resembling that of the Philippine flag’s. Fourth runner-up John Maputol, 12,  showed hands representing EU member countries and the Philippines reaching out and sharing the world.

The five winners were chosen by judges Arli Pagaduan, self-published writer and illustrator, and PBBY Wordless Book Prize-winning illustrator Rev Cruz–both from children’s books’ illustrators group Ang  Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK). The winning participants all received medals and special freebies from sponsors and the EU Delegation to the Philippines, awarded by Mr. Mattias Lentz, Minister Counsellor of the EU Delegation to the Philippines.

The awarded artworks will be exhibited at the Museo Pambata during the week following the awarding ceremony, with first placer James Silacay’s work also being displayed at the EU Delegation premises following the Museo Pambata exhibit.

The art tilt was held as part of the Viva Europa Festival 2018, which is organized by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines in partnership with Museo Pambata. The event, sponsored by Dong-A and with the support of Maynilad and Universal Robina Corporation, began with an art workshop facilitated by illustrator and graphic designer Angela Taguiang and Rex “Da Sig” Aguilar, visual-artist-slash-art-teacher, both members of Ang INK. The session helped the kids with oil pastel techniques in preparation for the contest.

For further information on “Europa, Kaibigan Ko Ito” On-the-Spot Art Contest nad Viva Europa 2018, visit or the EU in the Philippines Facebook page.

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