Manila Archdiocese organizes painting competition promoting church heritage

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MANILA, Dec. 20, 2013—Aiming to promote the cultural heritage of the church among Filipino artists, the Archdiocese of Manila will be holding a painting competition that focuses on the history of the Catholic Church in the country. 

With the theme “Ang Simbahan sa Kasaysayan,” the Manila Archdiocesan Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (MACC) is inviting young Filipino artists to explore the beginnings and evolution of Christian art by depicting a significant event in the history of the Philippine Church in their artworks. 

The competition is open to all Filipino students and out-of-school youth from 15 to 25 years old. Submission of entries will be on January 23, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, 3/F Arzobispado de Manila, 121 Arzobispo Street, Intramuros, Manila. 

Oil on canvas and acrylic paintings are the only accepted media. Paintings should be figurative and representational. Abstract paintings are not allowed. 

Winners will be awarded cash prizes ranging from P40,000 (1st prize), P30,000 (2nd prize), P20,000 (3rd prize), P10,000 each (Three Jurors’ Choices). 

MACC is urging participants to consult key references such as Readings in Philippine Church History (1979) by John N. Schumacher, S.J. and History of the Church in the Philippines (1979) by Pablo Fernandez, O.P. as they conceptualize their entries. 

For more information, interested participants may visit www.rcam.org or call the MACC office at 524-5062. (Jennifer M. Orillaza) 

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