Manila, Philippines – The National Quincentennial Committee (NQC), the clearinghouse of all government efforts commemorating the 500th anniversary (quincentenary) of the Victory at Mactan, the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world, and other related historical events in 1521, spearheads the Quincentennial Art Competition. This competition (painting; open-style representational) is also co-presented by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) National Committee on Art Galleries.
The winning artworks will be exhibited in the Quincentennial Lounge of ManilaArt 2020 during the Museums and Galleries Month in October 2020.
Also, the prizes* are as follows:
Grand winners (one per theme): P500,000
Minor prize winners/runners-up (two per theme): P50,000
*Subject to 20% government tax
The competition has for themes representing the four quincentennial milestones, which the eligible participants may submit entries for:
Sovereignty. This celebrates the Victory at Mactan, where Lapu-Lapu and his warriors repelled the forces of Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan.
Magnanimity. This commemorates our ancestors’ compassion to the first circumnavigators of the world, such as the Magellan-Elcano expedition, who came to Homonhon, Guiuan, and Eastern Samar after traversing the Pacific for almost three months: starved, undernourished, and sick.
Unity. This underscores various nationalities’ contributions in circumnavigating the world for the first time, for instance, the blood compact between Rajah of Mazaua and Magellan.
Legacy. This embodies the legacy of the first circumnavigation of the world to the Philippines, such as the introduction of Christianity.
A participant can submit one entry per theme.
The competition is open to Filipino artists, 18 years old and above, who are based in the Philippines and with Tax Identification Number (TIN). NQC members, relatives (up to the second degree of consanguinity), employees, and officials, and competition organizers are not eligible to join.
The winners will be announced in October 2020.
The deadline to submit entries is on 28 August 2020.
Photo: Shankar S.