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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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75 students qualify
for VMC art contest

Seventy-five out of the 263 entries from all over Negros Island have qualified for the 5 th Victorias Milling Company art contest 2017, of the VMC and the VMC Foundation, its press release said.

This is, by far, the biggest number of registrants since VMC launched its art contest in 2013, which has become a venue for young artists to be discovered and to hone their skills through the annual competition and the summer art workshop.

Fifty students from Negros Occidental and 25 from Negros Oriental will compete in three categories in the on-the-spot competition on September 22, at Gallery Orange in Bacolod City.

The qualifiers were chosen, based on the entries they submitted during the pre-selection stage September 11, at O' Hotel in Bacolod.

Artist Charlie Co, who has been collaborating with VMC in the project, sat as chair of the board of judges in the pre-selection stage along with artists Barry Cervantes, Emilio Montelibano, Rhoderick Tijing, and Guenivere Decena.

VMC Foundation's executive director, Anne Tiongco, said she was “elated” at the response from the students, “proof that, indeed, there are so many talents here in Negros Island”, the press release said.

The annual search for young aspiring artists in Negros is in consonance with our thrust to promote the development of the youth in the field of visual arts and enhance the local art scene, Tiongco added.

The contest will have three categories – elementary for grades 1-6, which has 18 qualifiers, 12 from Negros Occidental and six from Oriental; the high school category (grades 7-12) that gained the biggest number of entries at 125, resulted in the qualification of 20 students from Occidental and nine from Oriental; while out of 43 college registrants, 18 will come from the Occidental side and 10 from Oriental for the tertiary category.

This year's theme, “Victory”, seeks to inculcate the value of perseverance and hard work that will propel the young to success and empower them to share their ideas through creativity and the arts.

Elementary, high school and tertiary champions will take home P20,000, P25,000, and P30,000 in cash prizes, respectively.

Apart from cash prizes and computer packages for the schools of winning artists, finalists in the competition will be given an opportunity to participate in a mentorship program through workshops with experts in the field of visual arts, and have their careers launched through a company-sponsored exhibition for the tertiary level winners, the press release added.*


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PIA holds journalism training

The Philippine Information Agency 6 is holding the last leg of its campus journalism seminar-workshop series, today until Friday, at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City, its press release said.

About 200 junior and senior high school students, with some school paper advisers, are expected to attend the yearly journalism training, that aims to impart the concept of development-oriented journalism so student-writers can apply the concept in their articles; hone basic writing, reporting and editorial management skills; articulate the principles of convergence journalism and online journalism and apply these in packaging news and information as effectively and as efficiently as possible; and incorporate Asean messages in their news and opinion articles.

Among the topics in the module are lectures on news, feature, sports, column and editorial, and journalistic writing in Filipino; online journalism and online newsletter production on the second day with photojournalism; and copy reading/headlining with page design on the last day.

Each lecture will have writing outputs where most promising writers among the workshop participants will be determined.

The last three legs of the series were held in Iloilo City, one for college student-writers from all over Western Visayas, and two for high school students in Panay, the press release added.*

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