Eight Filipino painters and sculptors were recognized in the 2021 Metrobank Foundation Inc.’s (MBFI) Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) awards: Ariosto Dale C. Bagtas, Lymuel A. Bautista, Mark Anthony P. Laza, Clark S. Manalo, Crispo D. Mantiquilla, Kathleen S. Dagum, Tyrone Dave E. Espinosa and Carlo P. Laza.
MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña, together with MBFI officers, led the awarding ceremonies held virtually along with an exhibit opening on 16 September.
Fourth District of Pangasinan Representative and House Committee on Creative Industry and Performing Arts chairperson Christopher “Toff” de Venecia was the guest of honor.
On its 37th year, MADE adopted the theme “Spectrum: The Art of Possibilities” and invited Filipino artists to tap into the expansive realm of creativity and transpose their spectrum of ideas into works that mirror the human experience and reshape the world anew.
Amid the pandemic, MADE continues to be a purveyor of visual arts, amplifying the reach and voice of local talents and visionaries.
Highest number of entries
This 2021, MADE received 701 entries, the highest in the last 10 years — 564 in Oil/Acrylic on Canvas category; 77 in the Water Media on Paper category; and 60 in the Sculpture Recognition program.
Two grand awardees in the Painting Recognition program and one grand awardee in the Sculpture Recognition program received a prize of P500,000. Three more artists in the Painting Recognition program and two in the Sculpture Recognition program were conferred with Special Citations and P100,000 each.
All awardees also received the “Mula” glass trophy designed by 2009 Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardee Noell El Farol. They were also welcomed as members of the MADE-Network of Winners, the alumni organization of past awardees implementing pay-it-forward projects for marginalized sectors.
“The hundreds of entries submitted across the country are a testament to our local artists’ passion to create. They convey visually the heartbeat of a people facing a global disease, the fears, the anger, the sadness and loss, but also the hope, the courage and the tenacity to fight this enemy with kindness, generosity and compassion,” Sobrepeña said in his welcome remarks.
The Final Board of Judges was chaired by well-known painter, installation artist, art educator and sculptor Toym Imao.
Members of the Board included Art Fair Philippines co-founder Dindin Araneta; product designer and metal sculptor Daniel de la Cruz; Cultural Center of the Philippines Visual Arts and Museum Division officer-in-charge Rica Estrada; intermedia artist Mark Salvatus; and interdisciplinary artist Josephine Turalba. Visual artist Leo Abaya also served in the board until his death last May.
In his message, Imao said, “Our participants created awesome, honest, and powerful works that win or lose, have become an important part of history: Of how this generation of artists imaged the spirit and the essence of these challenging times, of how their narratives and stories can help all of us find the light again.”
Through a year-long social media campaign dubbed as #SpectrumMADE2021, MADE implemented a series of online activities to bring art experience and art education to its stakeholders amid the pandemic.
To culminate this year’s campaign, a webinar series on “Art and Design in Crisis” and “The Creative Industries for Social Impact” will be held on 18 and 25 September, respectively. For further details, please follow the official MADE Facebook and Instagram pages @metrobankartanddesign.
Established in 1984 by Metrobank Group founder and chairman Dr. George Ty Siao Kian, MADE has served as a platform to discover the most passionate and persistent creative visionaries in the country.