Now on its 16th year, the most eagerly awaited national student art competition, Vision Petron, is issuing a call for entries. This multi-awarded program is oil industry leader Petron Corporation’s way of supporting the Filipino artist’s unique vision and dynamic translations of Philippine culture through various forms of art that draw fellow Filipinos closer to their heritage and, ultimately, to everyone.
Starting this year, Vision Petron embarks on a new five-year series focusing on Tuklas or Rediscovery. This 2016, the theme is Tuklas Kapaligiran: Rediscovering the Best Feature of Our Surroundings, to highlight the Philippines’ best and most unique features. These could be witnessed in our lush landscapes, underwater gardens, and the rich biodiversity of our flora and fauna. We can also highlight our cultures and living traditions such as our indigenous peoples still living in the habitat of their birth or our Muslim brothers dwelling in faith in Mindanao.
Entries may be submitted for the following categories: painting (oil/acrylic), painting (water-based), photography, video-making, and music or song-writing. The competition is open to Filipino college students and students of a tutorial class, aged 16-28 years old only. Given the adjustment in the opening of classes, those with classes beginning this August 2016, but were enrolled last May 2016, are still eligible to join.
Entries are judged by a panel of esteemed experts in their field, and winners will receive cash prizes. The winning works will be featured in Petron marketing collaterals like the wall and desk calendars, planners, and t-shirts. They will also get access to exclusive opportunities such as have their works exhibited at the CCP Theatre Main Lobby or scholarships to the prestigious Cinemalaya Institute. Provincial winners, plus a parent and school representative, are flown in and billeted in a hotel for the awarding ceremonies.
Vision Petron wins recognitions every year and now has more than 150 awards through its 16-year history. Most recently, it received the Silver Award in Advocacy Marketing in the Integrated Program category at the 2016 PANAta Marketing Effectiveness Awards. It was the highest award of the category as no program received the gold award.
For Filipino student artists who wish to be part of this prestigious competition, the full mechanics for each category may be found in the official Facebook page of Vision Petron: https://www.facebook.com/VisionPetron/. Registration can be done only online.
The deadline for submission of entries is July 22, at Petron bulk plants nationwide, or until midnight of July 29 at the Petron Pandacan sales office. The contact number of the Vision Petron Secretariat office is (02) 895-3975 or (02) 895-4040. Please Like the Vision Petron Facebook page for updates.