VICTOR EMMANUEL CARMELO NADERA 2ND, a Grade 8 student of the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) in Mount Makiling, Laguna, won silver in the Asian Kids Art Competition held in Incheon, South Korea on October 4.
At a young age of 15, Nadera is the youngest non-athlete member of the Philippine delegation, who presented his work, entitled Araw ng Palarong Asya. There were 40 National Olympic Committees out of 50 member-countries who sent entries to the pioneering Asian Kids Art Competition. The said art contest started in Kazakhstan four years ago. All the artworks were exhibited at the Athletes Service Center within the Athletes’ Village from September 21 to October 1.
“The winners were decided by a voting system where each athlete residing at the Athletes’ Village voting for the best artwork and the most went to Artwork 15,” said Sajani Hamza of India, who works for the Olympic Council of Asia’s Culture Committee chaired by Mohammad Al Kamali.
The group headed by project manager is Karla Berikovna of Kazakhstan, succeeded in assisting in the development of relevant cultural activities at the Asian Games and in fostering the development of art and sports in line with the Olympic Movement.
Asian Kids Art Competition calls on young Asian artists aged 11 to 15 years old to display their knowledge and personal view on the Asian Games through artworks. It also envisions the promotion of different cultures in Asia and consequently, the development of intercultural relations among Asian countries.
Thus, artworks must display any one of the following themes of the competition: My Asian Games, My Hopes; Sport as a Way of Life; and Our Tradition, Our Culture. As a result, the young Asian competitors were able to showcase the knowledge of the Asian Games thereby showing their devotion towards the Olympic movement in Asia.
In the Philippines, Asian Kids Art Competition began in July 2014 under the leadership of Celia Kiram of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and Dr. Lauro Domingo of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).