The Philippine Art Awards 2013-2014 Competition Officially Open

The much-awaited and highly anticipated visual art competition in the country is now officially open. After another successful run in 2012 wherein Cagayan De Oro artist Jericho Valjusto Vamenta bagged the much coveted Grand Prize plum, the 2013 competition promises to be even more challenging with inquiries about the competition coming in as early December 2012.

“Ang Walang Humpay na Harana ni Temyo Kay Magda” by Jericho Valjusto Vamenta, Philippine Art Awards 2012 Grand Prize Winner.

PMFTC, Inc., organizer of Philippine Art Awards (PAA), is highly enthusiastic about the competition and is expecting a lot of entries this year. “We are very pleased to acknowledge the ever growing popularity of the competition through the years as indicated by the steady stream of inquiries even before the official announcement. It validates our efforts to continually support the development of Philippine artists and Philippine art in general. The PAA has also lined up other programs alongside the competition to bolster these efforts,” said Ms. Bayen Elero, Corporate Affairs Director of PMFTC, Inc.

PAA 2012 National Winners at the HK Art Fair: (L-R) Jericho Vamenta, Louie Talents, Riel Hilario, Dexter Sy, Arel Zambarrano, Raffy T. Napay, Art Sanchez and Lotsu Manes awaiting the opening of the HK Art Fair.

2012 PAA awardees with (seated) Ms. Bayen Elero-Corporate Affairs Director (PMFTC Inc.), National Artist Ben Cabrera, Ms. Amy Eisma-Public Affairs and Contributions Manager (PMFTC Inc.) and Mr. Dannie Alvarez (Standing far from right) at Central Pier 9 awaiting boat shuttle to Lamma Island.

The PAA will kick-off its regional roadshow this coming April 2013 covering major cities around the country. Artists are invited to attend the nearest launch in their respective areas as entry forms will be distributed as well as discussions related to the competition will be held. Artists may get in touch with their respective regional coordinators listed below.

After the roadshow, the PAA will accept entries from all over the country following the submission schedule below:

Submission Schedule
Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Date Area Regional Collection Center
August 5, Monday Zamboanga The Gallery of the Peninsula and the Archipelago
Ateneo de Zamboanga University
La Purisima Campus, Zamboanga City
Contact: Tricia Drapiza- Manulong (062) 9910871 loc 4301
August 8, Thursday Cagayan de Oro Museo de Oro
Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City
Contact: Hobart Savior (0905)3034377
August 12, Monday Tacloban Leyte-Samar Heritage Center
University of the Philippines-Tacloban City
Contact: Joycie Durado-Alegre (053)3258425
August 14, Wednesday Iloilo Dagyaw School for the Arts
Santiago A. Defensor Bldg. (Arts Bldg.)
INHS, Luna St., La Paz, Iloilo City
Contact: Diary Sargado (033)3202234/(0905)8600306
August 16, Friday Bacolod The Negros Museum
Old Agricultural Bldg., Gatuslao St., Bacolod City
Contact: Tanya Lopez (034)4334764/(0917)7236293
August 21, Wednesday Cebu Asian Tigers Lane Moving and Storage
Lane Archive Technologies Landmark Plaza
M. Logarta St., Subangdaku, Mandaue City, Cebu
Contact: Arcelie Abcede (032)3548799/(0917)6326228
August 27, Tuesday Davao Asian Tigers Lane Moving and Storage
Door A6, J. King Warehouse Complex
Ma-a, Davao City
Contact: Abraham Garcia (0949)673 8566 Contact: Anthonette Balauro (082)2441761 (0917)8804377
August 28, Wednesday Legaspi Legaspi City Museum
Legaspi City
Contact: Darlito Perez (052)8205972
August 29, Thursday Naga Developmental Institute for Bicolano Artists
106 Jacob St., Naga City
Contact: Amelita Zaens (054)4739949
September 2, Monday Angono Blanco Family Museum
312 Ibañez St., Angono, Rizal
Contact: Michael Blanco (0926) 673 0805
September 3, Tuesday Bulacan Museo ng Hiyas ng Bulacan
Gusaling Gat Blas Ople
Sentro ng Sining at Kultura ng Bulacan
Provincial Capitol Compound, Malolos City, Bulacan
Contact: Ruel Paguiligan (044)7916604/(0917)7577768
September 4, Wednesday Pampanga JDN Center for Kapampangan Studies
Holy Angel University
Santo Rosario, Angeles City, Pampanga
Contact: Joel Mallari (0927)3309746/(045)8882514
September 5, Thursday Baguio Baguio Mt. Provinces Museum
DOT Complex, Gov. Pack Rd., Baguio City
Contact: Gemma Estolas (074)4447541/(0915)6550668
September 14, Saturday Taguig/Rest of Luzon Asian Tigers Lane Moving & Storage
N-4 J.Y. & Sons Compound, Veterans Complex, Taguig City
Contact: Jax Mariano (0918 910 9581)
September 21, Saturday Metro Manila Asian Tigers Lane Moving & Storage
N-4 J.Y. & Sons Compound, Veterans Complex, Taguig City
Contact: Jax Mariano (0918 910 9581)

For the regional competition this year, a total forty winners will be selected to represent PAA’s four regional competition areas : Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. All these forty winners will then compete again at the 2014 National Finals which will select the Grand Prize Winner and seven Juror’s Choice awardees.

Interested artists may visit for the exact location of venues of the provincial launches and for competition entry forms and contact numbers of submission centers. Questions and clarifications about the competition may also be sent to

The PAA 2013-2014 is a visual arts competition, which aim to support the development of Philippine contemporary art and to increase the national and regional exposure for Philippine art and artists. The competition encourages, inspires and rewards creative works by contemporary Philippine artists, with an intent of nurturing their talent. The awards provide a platform for up-and-coming Philippine artists to be recognized and their works exhibited nationally and allow ample cross-cultural exposure.

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