Following the success of last year’s Don Papa Rum Art Competition which gathered numerous awards and recognition, the small batch of rum from the island of Negros continues to penetrate the international market by supporting local artist to showcase their talent and be known around the world.
Don Papa concluded its Art Competition by announcing the winners at the Art Fair Philippines held on February 17, 2017, at The Link in Makati City. The winners were carefully selected by the judging committee which consists of well-known personalities in the Philippine Art Industry.
“Field Notes for Papa Isio” by a UP alumnae, Henrielle Pagkaliwangan, was awarded the Grand Winner of the competition. Her art work was drawn with pen, ink, and watercolor on canvas. Her work consists of detailed ink drawings of various objects on paper that adopt the taxonomic format of natural history prints and illustrations. It shows the story behind the Masskara festival – a symbol of Negros’ resilience and positive disposition.
First Runner Up is Dexter Sy of 1335 Mabini, created “Papa Isio” in mixed media on canvas followed by John Paul Antido of Pinto Art Museum as the Second Runner Up with his work entitled “Journey to Paradise Island” made in oil on canvas.
The People’s choice of the Art Competition was awarded to Ricky Ambagan of Gallery Anna with his work entitled “The Origin of the Black Gold” an acrylic on canvas.
We’ve released last year’s Art Canisters in the Philippines, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. To them, art is the most tangible connection they have to the Philippine culture aside from our exotic and lush landscape. We are very happy with the response of the consumers and Don Papa lovers for the Art Competition and the Art Canister Series.
Monica Llamas-Garcia, Brand Director of Don Papa Rum
The winning artworks will be seen in Don Papa Rum’s limited edition Art Canister Series, which will be released in the Philippines and internationally for the Holidays 2017.
On top of that, Henrielle will be granted with a four (4) week Artistic Sojourn in Florence, Italy, complete with airfare and accommodations, allowances and an artistic immersion to key locations, courtesy of Bleeding Heart Rum Company, the makers of Don Papa Rum. Tin-Aw Gallery will also receive a round trip ticket to Florence, Italy.
Don Papa Rum continuous to support and empower Filipino artists through their art ambassadorship with the brand, not only in the Philippines but also to the world.