This is a nationwide visual art competition.

The competition is two-tiered.

Biennial competition (held every two years).

1. PAA Regional Competition (in the first year)

At the regional level, the competition field is divided into four (4) separate Collective Regional Areas (CRA): 1) NCR, 2) Luzon 3) Visayas and 4) Mindanao and shall cover the following specific areas:

Collective Regional Areas (CRA) Areas of Coverage
LUZON Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) / Ilocos Region / Cagayan Valley / Central Luzon / CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) / MIMAROPA (Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) / Bicol Region
NCR 17 cities & municipalities of Metro Manila
VISAYAS Western Visayas / Central Visayas / Eastern Visayas
MINDANAO Zamboanga / Northern Mindanao / Davao Region / SOCCSKARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani, General Santos City) / Caraga (Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur) / Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)

Works submitted in designated Regional Collection Centers (RCC) in the four (4) CRAs will be gathered and judged. Five (5) finalists from each of the four (4) CRAs will be selected to represent their respective CRAs in the national competition.

A participant can only join one (1) CRA competition. A participant shall be automatically disqualified if found to have joined more than one regional competition conducted in the CRAs.

2. PAA National Finals (in the second year)

From the collective total of forty (20) regional winners as adjudged in the four (4) CRA level competitions from the previous year, a pool of five (5) national winners consisting of one (1) Grand Prize Winner and four (4) Juror’s Choice winners shall be further selected.


In the spirit of innovation and in recognition of the importance of arts and artistic expression in enhancing our environment and our daily lives, PAAFI welcomes all participating visual artists to the PHILIPPINE ART AWARDS (PAA) 2019-2020 season.


The PAA is a visual arts competition, which aims:

1.) To support the development of Philippine contemporary art and to increase national and regional exposure for Philippine art and artists;

2.) To encourage, inspire, and reward creative works by contemporary Philippine artists, with an intent of nurturing their talent;

3.) To provide a platform for Philippine artists to be recognized and their works exhibited nationally and allow ample cross-cultural exposure.


1. All participants to the PAA 2019 – 2020 competition MUST USE the 2019 Entry Form in submitting their entries.

2. All other and previous application/entry forms, rules, and regulations issued prior to January 2019 are hereby cancelled and declared null and void.

3. Please read all the mechanics, rules, and regulations carefully. PAA enforces strict implementation of set guidelines. Non - compliant entries on any of the stipulated rules and regulations will be disqualified.


4. The PAA is a nationwide visual arts completion which is divided into two phases:

PHASE I - (2019) Regional selection of winners from short-listed entries, and
PHASE II - (2020) National selection of winners from the Regional Winners.

Please note: There will be no submission of entries for the 2020 PAA National Competition as only the Regional Winners of 2019 shall compete at the national level.

5. PHASE I is divided into FOUR (4) separate COLLECTIVE REGIONAL AREAS (CRA)

a) Metro Manila Art Awards : 17 cities & municipalities of Metro Manila
b) Luzon Art Awards : CAR / Ilocos Region / Cagayan Valley / Central Luzon / CALABARZON / MIMAROPA / Bicol Region
c) Visayas Art Awards : Western / Central / Eastern Visayas
d) Mindanao Art Awards : Zamboanga / Northern Mindanao / Davao Region / SOCCSKARGEN / CARAGA / ARMM

6. For PHASE I of the competition, the PAA Panel of Judges shall select five (5) Regional Winners from each CRA for a total of twenty (20) Regional Winners.

7. For PHASE II of the competition, the PAA Panel of Judges shall select from the 20 Regional Winners One (1) Grand Prize, Two (2) Juror’s Choice of Excellence and Two (2) Juror’s Choice of Merit awardees to be declared as the 2020 PAA National Winners.

8. Any participant or entry found to have violated the competition rules and regulations shall be disqualified from the competition.

9. The Organizer reserves the right not to award any of the stipulated prizes should entries fail to meet competition rules and standards.

10. Organizer further reserves the right to withdraw any or all of the stipulated prizes should artists or entries are found to have not met competition rules and standards.

11. All winning works remain property of the entrants. However, all winners shall permit the Organizer to reproduce their works in full or in part in the press, television, including internet websites and pages, and/or publicity materials (i.e. catalog, brochures, cards, etc. before, during and/or after competition season).


12. The competition is open to all Filipino citizens who are 18 years old and above as of January 1, 2019. As proof of age and citizenship, all entrants must submit any valid government- issued document or identification card (ID) showing birth date and citizenship e.g. photocopy of the artist’s birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, etc. when submitting their entries.

13. An artist can submit only one (1) entry and join only one Collective Regional Area (CRA) competition and must submit proof of residence in the said CRA e.g. Residence Certificate or cedula, Birth Certificate, Passport, Barangay Certificate, Driver’s License, or any other valid gov’t-issued document or ID showing residence.

14. Professional and non - professional artists are eligible to join the competition.

15. Participation in the competition is FREE.

16. Employees of PMFTC, Inc., Asian Tigers Lane Moving and Storage, the Yuchengco Museum, their affiliates, distributors, advertising and promotions agencies, companies involved in the production of program materials and the implementation of the competition, their agents, as well as their respective relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity and affinity are not eligible to participate in the competition.


FOR PHASE I (Regional Selection is composed of three parts)

Entries may be submitted to the PAA email address assigned for specific Collective Regional Area (CRA):

1. LUZON -

IMPORTANT: An Artist may submit ONLY ONE Entry to ONLY ONE Collective Regional Area (CRA). Artists found to have submitted multiple entries to one or more CRAs will be disqualified.

To be submitted via email are the following:

1. Completed ENTRY FORM composed of the following:

a.) ENTRY FORM DATA SHEET (with photo of artist)
b.) Proof of age and citizenship of artist (photocopy of any valid government-issued document or ID showing age and citizenship e.g. passport, certificate of birth, etc.)
c.) Proof of Residence (photocopy of any valid government-issued document or ID showing residence e.g. Residence Certificate (cedula), passport, certificate of birth, driver’s license etc.)
d.) Artist’s Statement

2. Photograph of artwork (file size must not exceed 10 megabytes)

IMPORTANT: Electronic submission is not the official acceptance into the competition. Entrants will be notified thru the email address used in sending their electronic entry.


1. When taking the photograph of artwork, put a tape measure/ruler beside the artwork in a vertical orientation. To further indicate the orientation of the artwork, a person must stand beside the artwork when taking the photograph.
2. Photograph taken must be of the final artwork. Do not physically alter or revise artwork after it has been submitted electronically. Alterations, additions or modifications will disqualify an entry.
3. Do not digitally alter the photograph using Photoshop or any other image editing software. Any alteration automatically disqualifies the entry.



1. Artists of shortlisted entries shall be notified via email or through the designated collection centers covering their area.
2. Shortlisted artists must submit actual artwork to the Collection Center for actual verification of sizes, review of entry documents, compliance of rules & regulations, and for actual forwarding of works to Manila by designated forwarders.
3. Names of shortlisted entries shall be posted on the PAA website and Facebook after the shortlisting process.


1. From the shortlisted entries, five (5) winners from each CRA shall be selected for a total of twenty (20) Regional Winners.
2. Only the 20 Regional Winners shall be eligible to compete at the National Competition and as such, are advised to secure their respective passports in anticipation of the possible selection as National Winners.

FOR PHASE II (National Selection)

1. There will be NO new submission of entries for the national level competition in 2020.
2. Only the twenty (20) Regional Winners are eligible to compete in the national competition.
3. Five (5) National Winners will be selected comprised of one (1) Grand Prize Winner; two (2) Juror’s Choice of Excellence; and two (2) Juror’s Choice of Merit awardees.
4. The National Winners must be fit to travel without accompaniment. If a National Winner is unable to travel by himself/herself due to physical/health reasons or otherwise, the travel prize shall be non-transferrable and non-convertible to cash and shall be deemed forfeit.


1. PAA shall convene a Panel of Judges to select Regional and National Winners for 2019-2020. The selection of the judges shall be the sole prerogative of the Organizer.

2. Judging Criteria shall be adopted as follows:

a) Creative Use of Medium
b) Expression & Technique
c) Originality of Artistic Perception & Mode of Interpretation

3. Three (3) rounds of selection shall be conducted by the Panel of Judges

a) Shortlisting of electronically submitted artworks
b) Selection from actual artworks of Regional Winners
c) Selection of National Winners from the field of Regional Winners

4. All decisions of the Panel of Judges are FINAL.



a) Each of the twenty (20) regional winners from all CRAs will receive Php 40,000 cash.
b) Each regional winner shall receive a trophy.


a) One (1) Grand Prize winner shall receive Php 350,000.00.
b) Two (2) Juror’s Choice of Excellence shall each receive Php 120,000.00.
c) Two (2) Juror’s Choice of Merit shall each receive Php 80,000.00.
d) Each national winner will receive a trophy.
e) All-expenses paid travel prize to an ASEAN country shall be given to each national winner. Travel Prize is non-transferrable and non-convertible to cash.


a) Multi-dimensional artworks.
b) Any artistic visual art medium is acceptable, except stand - alone film and/or motion picture.
c) There is no theme requirement. Any subject or theme may be explored by the artist.
d) Each artist may submit ONLY ONE Entry to ONLY ONE Collective Regional Area (CRA).
e) Only ORIGINAL and RECENT works will be accepted (not more than two years from date of submission).
f) Previously exhibited works are allowed, except for those which have been previously entered in any national, regional, or international competition, including past PAA competitions.
g) Size and weight are not criteria for selection. However, due to shipping and exhibition constraints, works must NOT EXCEED the following measurements:

OPTION 1: Not exceeding 2m (200 cm) by 2m (200 cm) in height and width and depth not exceeding 12.5 cm and NOT MORE than 30 kilos inclusive of frame.
OPTION 2: Not exceeding .6m (60cm) x .6m (60cm) x .6meters (60cm) and NOT MORE THAN 30 kg inclusive of pedestal.

h) Works must be sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of multiple travel and handling.
i) The works must be ready for exhibition, and do not require assembly.


a) Works using dangerous, illegal/prohibitive, hazardous materials and the like;
b) Works using endangered botanical, zoological and marine specimens;
c) Works using precious metals and stones;
d) Stand-alone film;
e) Fragile or brittle;
f) Unfinished works including wet works;
g) Works with incomplete documentation;
h) Altered works to conform with size limitations;
i) Works that have any alterations, revisions, additions, subtractions after photograph was taken and submitted or any discrepancy between the actual artwork and the photograph submitted;
j) The Organizer reserves the right at its sole and absolute discretion, not to accept and/or disqualify any entry not meeting certain artistic and competition requirements or violating competition rules and regulations.


1. All shortlisted works which do not qualify as regional winners shall be returned and must be retrieved within the prescribed period from collection center where works were submitted.
2. Retrieval schedule shall be posted on PAA website and Facebook.

3. Artists must present RETRIEVAL PASS with accompanying ID’s to provincial collection center or to Asian Tigers Lane Moving to claim their entry. To authorize a representative, please provide the following:

a. Authorization Letter signed by the artist
b. Retrieval Pass
c. Photocopy of artist’s valid ID
d. Photocopy of Representative’s valid ID

4. Entries not collected on designated dates become property of the Organizer who will then dispose of them in whatever way they deem fit.


1. The twenty regional winning works shall be exhibited at the Yuchengco Museum for at least three weeks.
2. At a designated date, an Awarding Ceremony shall be held wherein the twenty Regional Winners shall be awarded together with the National Winners.


1. Submission of entry signifies acceptance of all rules, regulations and selection process of the competition.
2. While all possible care will be taken by Organizer, the Exhibit Venue, the Art Forwarder, they shall assume no responsibility for any loss or damage to the entries before, during and/or after the competition.


Deadline of Electronic Submission 30 November 2019, Cut-off Time 5:00PM
Submission to Regional Collection Centers TBA
Retrieval of Works TBA
Awarding Ceremonies and Opening of Exhibits TBA

Downloadable Entry Form 2019-2020

Click here to download the form


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