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Art awards launched

The 2011 Philippine Art Awards was launched Wednesday in Bacolod City and is open to all Filipino visual artists 18 years old and above.

The PAA, a visual arts competition, aims at supporting the development of Philippine contemporary art and to increase the national and regional exposure for Philippine art and artists.

At the regional level, the PAA competition field is divided into four collective regional areas – the National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Ten finalists from each area will be selected to represent their regions in the national competition scheduled next year in Manila.

From the 40 regional winners adjudged in the four CRA level competitions, a pool of national winners consisting of one grand prize winner and seven juror’s choice winners will be selected.

PAA project manager Jax Mariano said the 40 regional winners will receive cash prize of P40,000 each, while the grand prize winner will receive P350,000. Their trophies will be designed by national artist Napoleon Abueva, he said.

In 2007, he said, the PAA started to accept multi-dimension artworks not just painting and the theme for the competition is open.

The PAA is sponsored by Asian Tigers Lane Moving and Storage, the National Museum and PMFTC Inc.

Deadline for submission of entries for participants from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental is July 14, at the Negros Museum.

Those who wish to inquire may call the Negros Museum in Bacolod City at 433-4764 or 723-6293.*CGS

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UK summer school
prize on offer

The British Council Philippines with British Airways, is offering one Filipino high school student a prize of a three-week summer school at St. Edmund’s College, Hertfordshire, north of London, a press release from Robert Harland said.

The contest is open to all Philippine passport holders aged 12-15 years by January 1, 2011.

Participants have to submit a 300 to 500-word essay on the topic “Why do I want to go to the UK” along with a copy of their passport to the British Council, 10th floor, Taipan Place F. Ortigas Jr Road, Pasig City.

All entries must be received by 5.30 pm on May 6. They will be judged according to content, style and organization, the press release said.

Five finalists will be selected after the first round and will be invited for an interview by a judging panel before a winner is announced on May 16. The British Council will provide return airfare, refund of visa processing fee and tuition for the summer school.

For more details, students can log on to www.britishcouncil.org.ph., or call or email the British Council on 02 914 1011/14. Fax: 02 914 1020 or email on

britishcouncil@britishcouncil.org.ph., the press release added.*

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Bacolod to host
tourism events

Bacolod City is preparing to host major tourism events – the staging of the Philippine National Games in May and the Balik Bacolod program to kick off in October, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.

The Philippine Sports Commission is set to revive the Philippine National Games next month, which Bacolod City is jointly hosting with the cities of Bago, Talisay and Silay, in Negros Occidental.

Preparations are underway for the national games where events such as volleyball, beach volleyball, athletics, judo, badminton, billiards, fencing, gymnastics and swimming, among others will be held in the different venues in the city.

Bacolod City Tourism head Imogene Kanaan said the Balik Bacolod program is a year-round program they city plans to kick off in October in time for the MassKara Festival.

The Balik Bacolod program encourages Bacoleños and Negrenses living outside the province and the country, to come home, the press release said.

Meanwhile, there is also an offer by the Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant organizer for Bacolod City to host the 2011 Mutya ng Pilipinas in July.

The Bacolod City Tourism Council, during its recent meeting, positively endorsed the offer which is yet to be approved by Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, the press release added.*

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rounds slated

The grand championship rounds of the Brainsbee spelling, Math and Science quiz will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Victorias Coliseum in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

Ten elementary and high school students named as champions of Murcia, Talisay, Silay, E.B. Magalona and Victorias gear for the final bout of the academic contest that started with barangay eliminations in February, a press release from organizers said.

The champions in spelling contest for the elementary category, and in the math and science quiz for the secondary category will each receive a cash prize of P30,000 and a trophy.

Contenders in the spelling tilt are Allen Carl Constantino, Murcia; Jason Kent Exequiel Ental, Talisay; Aldwin June Juson , Silay; Ronne Gabriel Villa, E. B. Magalona; and Kerr John Porras, Victorias.

Math and science wizards are Joan Makilan, Murcia; Christine May Espeja, Talisay; Randi Adrian Salillas, Silay; Nathaniel Magsino, E. B. Magalona; and Glenn Vincent Tumimbang, Victorias, the press release said.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ, 3rd District), main proponent of the Brainsbee project, said each winner brings honor and pride to their families, schools, barangays and cities or municipalities.

Brainsbee, first launched in 2009 covering the 115 barangays of the Third District, is the first community-based academic excellence contest to be implemented launched in the province.

Project implementors include volunteers of the Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation and the Congressional District staff. Technical expertise in actual contest management is provided by the Department of Education with local government units and the barangays providing mobilization assistance, the press release added.*

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