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PIA Press Release
2009/06/16

Globetrotting Christian painter bags GSIS painting competition's top prize

Cebu City (16 June) -- A painter who has long been exhibiting his God-centric works of art in different parts of the world showcased his talents in local soil, as he bagged the top prize in the 2009 Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) painting competition.

Using watercolor on paper as his medium, Siegfredo "Fred" Rosales Galan of Cebu City earned for himself the top prize of P300,000 in the Representational Category for his piece titled "And They Shall Eat the Fruits of their Labor," a deft depiction of a group of fisherfolks gathering their catch.

Galan has been painting from abstracts to impressionism for more than 40 years and had exhibited his creations locally, nationally, and globally from the 1970s to 2000s. He had also gained various awards from different painting competitions within and outside Cebu.

Grabbing the second overall spot was Florentino G. Impas, Jr. also of Cebu City, with his piece titled "Mano Po, Lola" earning him P200,000. Ronald Limayo of Taytay, Rizal won third place and a prize money of P100,000 for his work titled "Walang Kupas."

Earning Juror's Choice citations in the Representational Category were Alexander M. Roxas of Sta. Maria, Bulacan with his "Nasa Ating Mga Kamay ang Kulay ng Bahaghari;" Norlito P. Meimban of Marikina City with "Mag-aaral;" Aileen Lanuza of Sta. Cruz, Manila with "Past Life;" Salvador J. Ching of Malolos, Bulacan with "Hiling;" and Bernardo C. de Leon of Quezon City with Baka-L."

Meanwhile, in the Non-Representational Category, Maximino Balatbat of Caloocan City won the top prize and the P300,000 cash money with his "Gabi Sa Avenida Mga Buhay na Esquinita."

A young master of the arts at just 31 years old, Balatbat delves on his own distinct style he calls architectural abstraction, wherein he uses different structures and other unassuming subjects like shanties, abandoned buildings, and other edifices to create a symphony of artistic composition and sensibilities.

Jerry R. Morada of Laguna, with his "Naghaharing Kalikasan," won second place and the corresponding prize money of P200,000 in this category, while the entry of Aner Sebastian of Sta. Mesa, Manila titled "Biodiversity" was adjudged third best as he pocketed P100,000 in prize money.

Earning Juror's Choice citations in the Non-Representational Category are Lance Kirby T. Laneza of Sta. Mesa, Manila with "Interaction Through Abstraction;" Doel Salvador L. Mercado of Naga City with "Synesthesia One;" Arturo V. Zamora of Quezon City with "Cycle of Renewal;" Victor Wood of Cainta, Rizal with "Interlude;" and Ivan Faizal Macarambon of Cagayan de Oro with "Infinite Monkey Theorem."

This year's competition had an open theme to encourage artists to explore their best in presenting and conceptualizing their artwork entry.

All painting entries are on exhibit at the GSIS Museum in Pasay City until June 30, 2009.

The 2009 GSIS Painting Competition is a project of the GSIS in cooperation with the Art Association of the Philippines. (PIA7/GSIS) [top]

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