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A celebration of colors and multimedia art


It was a riot of colors. Your eyes could feast on various expressions from sculpture to digital art. Paintings using acrylic and watercolor pronounced how creative and intuitive the artist behind every artwork. 

On the ground floor of the Ayala Museum, dozens of paintings and sculptures and digital artworks were on display for the whole month of October. Student artists created the  masterpieces for the annual National Shell Art Competition (NSAC).

As the longest student art competition in the country, NSAC has become a breeding ground for art creators. And now on its 49th year, it continues to serve as venue for passionate young masters who wanted to make a name on the local art scene.


‘Natuto, Ipamana ay Pauunlarin’ by Joseph Lawrence G. Senense, first prize winner in Oil/Acrylic category

This year’s competition, with the theme “Metamorphosis,” attracted 1,392 student artists who vied for the top prize and for the chance for their works to be exhibited.

“We are preparing for our 50th anniversary next year and we wanted something that has the vibe of coming out, stepping up and evolving. And metamorphosis seems to be the best word to encapsulate this endeavor,” Lans Bularan, Social Investment and Social Performance manager at Shell, told Manila Standard.

She said “Metamorphosis” is an apt term to describe how student participants evolve into something better while they are in their process of discovering their creative purpose through different art media, such as Oil/Acrylic, Watercolor, Sculpture, and Digital Fine Arts. She furthered that the competition also encourages aspiring art masters from all over the country to break free from restraints, discover and bring out who they are as individuals and as artists, and to create innovative and relevant artworks that will reflect various facets of humanity and society.


‘Transfiguration’ by Hans Jensen S. Martin

This objective is well aligned with Shell’s mission to develop the youth to become productive individuals while helping the country move toward sustainable progress.

“Our goal is all about nation building. And we are doing it through art. I’m proud to say that we’re (the) longest-running student art competition in the country and throughout the years, we have paved the way (for) young artists and help them exhibit their works,” Bularan shared.

The careful judging and selection of the winning entries was presided over by acclaimed artists in their respective fields, namely Renato Habulan, Gus Albor, Ivan Roxas, Rodel Tapaya, and Nestor Vinluan for the Oil/Acrylic category; Lito Carating, Antipas Delotavo, and Pablo Baen Santos for Watercolor; Ral Arrogante, Michael Cacnio, and Junyee for Sculpture; and Pablo Biglang-awa, Norberto Roldan, and Jose Tence Ruiz for Digital Fine Arts.


‘Memento Mori: Daddy Rolly’ by Ruscel Lance A. Valenzuela, first place in Sculpture section

For Oil/Acrylic, the top spot was clinched by Joseph Lawrence G. Senense from Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology for his work, “Natuto, Ipamana ay Pauunlarin.” Earning the second place award is John Elijah R. Santiago from Kalayaan College for his “Three Arrows on Clockwise Rotation,” followed by John Frances N. Ochoco, from Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology for his “Galaw sa Mundong Pabago-bago.”

The grand prize for the Watercolor category was won by Emerson S. Rabbon from University of Northern Philippines for “Ang Munting Likha.” Christian Billy E. Bagtas from Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology came second with “Aftermath,” and Francis Eugene E. Andrade from Bulacan State University third place for his work, “Forgotten.”


Desiree A. Carabio’s ‘Marlon Monroe,’ first place in Digital Fine Arts category

Besting all other aspirants in the Sculpture category was Ruscel Lance A. Valenzuela from Philippine Women’s University – Manila for his piece, “Memento Mori: Daddy Rolly.” He was followed by Jesusito C. Borja from University of Rizal System – Angono for his “Word to World (Metamorphosis of Ideas)” bagging the second place, and Eloisa B. Sanson from Philippine Women’s College of Davao in third place for her sculpture “Regeneration.”

For the Digital Fine Arts category, the first spot went to Desiree A. Carabio from the University of the Philippines – Cebu for her work “Marlon Monroe,” followed by Hans Jensen S. Martin from University of the East – Caloocan at second for his “Transfiguration,” and Caprial A. Crisostomo from Technological University of the Philippines in third for her “Two Worlds.”


‘Ang Munting Likha’ by Emerson S. Rabbon, first place in Watercolor category

The top artworks are displayed at the Shell offices and become property of the leading power and energy company. The works of the finalists, on the other hand, are being sold for the benefit of the student artists.

“As you can see, we have amassed a number of artworks. We are actually looking at building a home for these masterpieces where the public can see how creative and brilliant the artists who have become part of this contest since its inception,” Bularan concluded.

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