Fifteen finalists for the Saguitarius Mines Inc. (SMI) Regional Art Competition (SRAC) were selected at SM City General Santos recently. The finalists were selected among 222 young artists from 74 public and private high schools across Regions XI and XII.
This year’s finalists are Louie Vic Loquino and Clark Marvin Tan from Tagum National Trade School, Davao Del Norte; Armel Grace Lugod and Shen Amba,Tagum City National High School, Davao del Norte; Artemio Bongawan, Federico Yap National High School, Davao del Sur; Jeffrey Taganas, Maa National High School, Davao City; Maricris Cutaroma, Bernardo Carpio National High School, Davao City; Dominador Castro III, Digos City National High School, Davao del Sur; Ron Emilio Limos, Quantum Academy, General Santos City; Jimuel Noveno and Raymart Ronn Gansayan, General Santos City High School, General Santos City; Demie Aguelo, Maltana National High School, Tampakan, South Cotabato; Mikaela Eclipse and Christian Eclipse, Saravia National High School, Koronadal City; and Kaye Anjelik Villanueva of Malandag Academy, Sarangani Province.
SMI sponsors the annual art competition to give high school students an opportunity to exhibit their artistic talents through painting. Each year, 15 gifted students are chosen as finalists among the hundreds of entries.
The art competition, now on its third year, is part of SMI’s youth education and skills capability enhancement program.
This year’s panel of judges included Al-nessar Ali, a multi-disciplinary artist and a member of the National Committee on Visual Arts representing Mindanao; Bill Gelman, an international urban designer and consumate art collector; Leonardo Rey Carino, a theater director and cultural worker and current Assistant Secretary of the National Committee on Cultural Education of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; Rain Rivera Ramas, an interior designer, visual merchandiser, and feature Editor and Lifestyle columnist; and Edgar Cadiente, a film director, writer and currently the Assistant Department Head of the City Economic Mgt and Dev’t Office of General Santos City government; SMI Regional and Provincial Affairs Manager Elvie Grace Ganchero, an art enthusiast and SMI External Communications and Media Relations Manager John Arnaldo.