Congratulations to all the winners of LRTArt 2017

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), in its goal to mark its 37th anniversary celebration optimistic illustrations, launched last July 12, a nationwide painting competition dubbed as "LRTArt 2017 with the theme "LRT -- Sasakyan ko sa Magandang Kinabukasan" (LRT - My vehicle to a Better Future).

After three months of receiving entries from all over the country with the headship of Kapisanan ng mga Pintor sa Pilipinas at iba pa Sining, Inc. winners for the competition have been announced and awarded at LRTA Social hall, Pasig.

According to LRTA Administrator Gen. Reynaldo I. Berroya, LRTArt aims to recognize Filipino artistry and to inform people that its train sysytem not only bring its passengers to its destinations, but more importantly, into their journey towards their dreams and aspirations.

An oil canvass labelled as "Walk In" by Ralph Allen Semilla was hailed as the grand winner. He received P300,000, a trophy and his painting will be displayed inside the LRTA Depot.

More than 400 emerging and professional artists joined the competition for both the Main Competition (for Filipinos at least 18 yo) and Junior Category (for Filipinos aged 11-17yo) but only 75 were able to surpass judges' keen criteria and fortunately made it to the finals.

Fifty finalist were chosen for the Main Competition who each received P5,000. Among the 50, Robert Tiano and Juan Aguasito Jr., triumphed the 2nd and 3rd prize and received P200,000 and P100,000 respectively.

Meanwhile, 25 finalist were chosen for the Junior category who each received P2,000. Of this 25, Jheco Lorica, Bianca Dominique Verano and Brahm Daniel Verano, clenched the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize, and received P150,000, P100,000 and P50,000 respectively.

Signing of works and an exhibit came subsequent to the announcement of winners. All winning entries including the finalists for both categories will be included in the proposed LRTArt 2017 Coffee Table Book which will be a commemorative souvenir for this year's competition. Paintings which failed to garner an award will be sold.

Judges were composed of professional artists, critics, academicians and historians. These judges were present during the Awarding Ceremonies and Exhibit conducted. National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) and Eye Candy Advertising Company also graced the event.

This has been the second LRTArt competition conducted, more and more youth are fascinated by technology. It's nice to know that Filipinos' passion for painting is still alive.  


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