BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Self-taught artist Arvilyn Villamor, 22, of Barangay Vista Alegre, Bacolod City bested 58 other participants of the first On-The-Spot MassKara Painting Competition by the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros at Robinsons Place-Bacolod Saturday.
The grand prize winner started doing commission works during the pandemic lockdowns. She mainly works with acrylic and also does commissioned murals around the city.
Ralph Anton Pingcale, 20, of Brgy. Mandalagan, who won second place, is a first year student of La Consolacion College, while third placer Ronald Doydora, 22, of Brgy Villamonte is a 3rd Year BSEd Major in English student.
The winners received cash prizes and trophy made by Ramon De los Santos.
Judges were Rodney Martinez, Rudy Reveche and Aeson Baldevia.
AABN president Tey Sevilleno said the artists of AABN mounted the 1st on-the-spot MassKara painting competition to discover more talents in Bacolod.
“Our aim is to continue the tradition that the founding fathers of AABN started in the 1980s when the concept of MassKara Festival was born. Art started the MassKara Festival. Art is the heart of MassKara. The art in the MassKara gave this festival and Bacolod City more reasons to smile,” she said.
Sevilleno thanked Mayor Albee Benitez and the local government of Bacolod City, lawyer Pinky Mirano-Ocampo and the Balik Yuhum Foundation, Robinsons Place Bacolod, and Direk Rodney Ascalon and Team Acids, as well as the artists of the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros.
Meanwhile, Sevilleno said the barangays were also given the chance to showcase their talented artists at the same time presenting what their barangays are proud of during the Giant Mask-Making contest.
Barangay Bata emerged the grand prize winner out of 10 barangays that participated.
The judges were Tey Sevilleno, Ian Valladarez and Jaycee Seran.*