Painting exhibit showcases young artists’ interpretation of Catholic faith

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MANILA, Feb. 18, 2014—Who would have thought that painting can be an effective medium in fostering appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of the Philippine Church? 

The Archdiocese of Manila Museum is holding an exhibit that showcases winning artworks and finalists of the recently concluded Manila Archdiocesan Commission for the cultural heritage of the Church (MACC) painting competition. 

Winning the first place was Ryan Caslib from the First City Providential College with his piece “Debosyon ng Kabataang Pilipino.” Edu Perreras from the Holy Rosary Parish bagged the second spot with his artwork “Ala-ala sa Likod ng Letrato.” At the third spot is Andrew Tan from the Feati University with his piece “Pundasyon.” 

Jurors’ choice awards were given to Alfredo Martirez (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila), “Supplicate @ Highway 54”; Chrisanto Aquino (San Juan Bautista parish in Tarlac), “Rebuilding Faith, Love, Peace and Unity”; and John Raphael Carloto (Technological University of the Philippines), “Kasaysayan ng Simbahan na Nais Malaman.” 

For this year’s competition, contestants were asked to depict a significant event in Philippine Church history, focusing on the theme “Ang Simbahan sa Kasaysayan.” 

The annual painting competition seeks to foster contemporary artistic interpretation of the Catholic faith among young artists to promote awareness and appreciation of religious art. 

The exhibit will run until February 28, from Monday to Friday (9am to 4pm), at the third floor of the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros. (Jennifer Orillaza)

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