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Victorias milling art contest launched in Negros

DUMAGUETE — The Victorias Milling Co. (VMC) and the VMC Foundation are launching the Negros Island-wide 5th Interschool Art Contest with computer packages to be given this time to the schools of the winning candidates.
Maria Ester Espina, project chair and consultant of VMC, disclosed Wednesday that there are changes this year in the holding of the art contest, which aims to "promote the development of the youth in the field of visual arts."
The contest is open to all bonafide students in Negros Island with three categories, namely, Elementary (Grade 1 to 6), High School Category (Grades 7-12), and Tertiary that will cover all colleges, universities and vocational schools in the island.
"Victory" is the theme for this year's art competition, appropriately timed for the VMC's centenary anniversary this year, said Espina.
The organizers will cover all the requirements of the contestants, such as materials, travel, food and accommodation to Bacolod City, Negros Occidental for the On-The-Spot competition and thereafter, the awarding of winners, she added.
Apart from cash prizes and computer packages for the schools of winning artists, Espina disclosed that finalists are given the chance to participate in a mentorship program through workshops with experts in the field of visual arts.
For the tertiary levels, the winners will have the opportunity to launch their careers as visual artists through a sponsored exhibition, Espina said.
In Negros Oriental, the Provincial Tourism Office headed by Myla Mae Bromo Abellana is the primary partner of the VMC Art Contest.
Last year, contestants from Negros Oriental competed in the On-The-Spot Contest in Dumaguete. This time, the VMC will be bringing the finalists to Bacolod City, Negros Occidental on September 22 and the final judging and awarding the following day.
The deadline for the submission of filled-out application forms is on Sept. 9 with sample work emailed to vmcart@yahoo.com and vmcartcontest@gmail.com.
Abellana thanked VMC for the art contest, describing it as an avenue for the students to develop their talents in visual arts.
She promised to reach out to more students who were not able to participate in the previous years.
This is the 5th year of the VMC Art Contest and the third holding in Negros Oriental. (PNA)
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