La Carlota City Entries Bag Over-All Winners in Philippine Youth Green Art Competition

Bacolod City, Negros Occ., Philippines, April 27, 2013 --( The recently concluded Negros Occ. Junior Green Artists Inter-city Painting Competition with the theme "Climate Change in the Eyes of a Child" yielded a very interesting result. Nine winning entries from La Carlota, Kabankalan and Himamaylan Cities who were the top three winners in their respective citywide competitions were presented during the first day of the SM City Exhibit to determine the over-all winners.

Judging was held at 3:30 pm last April 22, shortly before the 4:00 pm Earth Jam at the Northern Transport Hub of the SM City Bacolod, in observance of Earth Day 2013. The winning pieces were displayed at random, without mention of the artists' names nor their localities. Judges included Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources officials, PIO Ruby Arribas, FMS Chief Catherine C. Balasa, and Bacolod CENRO Edgardo M. Rostata; members of the Art Association of Bacolod, VP Nunistell Mae Fulo-Lee and Joan Honoridez; and May Castro, manager of SM City Bacolod's public relations. Earth Day 2013 conveners and Greenwatch Phils. officers did not participate in the over-all judging.

The judges were amazed at how elementary pupils presented the gloomy side of climate change and the hope that goes with timely and positive interventions. After the judging, it was found out that the over-all winners all came from La Carlota City in the same order of first, second and third places. Their respective coaches were Liezel S. Vinson, Rommel G. Tomonong, and Ms.Shiela de Pedro. The winners were announced during the Earth Jam ceremonies.

"Congratulations to the over-all winners and kudos to all the Junior Green Artists who participated and won in their respective citywide competitions. You are all winners!" said Salvie Einosas-FlordeLiza, executive directress of Greenwatch Phils. who oerganized the events. The Kabankalan Citywide on-the-spot painting contest winners were Kenn Nombre of Binicuil Elem. School, first place; Walter Pafilla of Kabankalan Catholic College, second; and Lord June Caboctol of Hilamonan Elem. School, third. Coaches were Veronica Tibus, Skitter Jomer and Charlie Orcena. Himamaylan City winners were Paul Emmanuel Gavilanez of Himamaylan Central School, 1st place; Armand Kyle Abad of Himamaylan Central School, 2nd, and Mary Mae Peralet of Culban Elem. School, 3rd. Coaches were Gloria Duro and Raymund Pillada.

"Indeed the works of art of the youth reveal their profound understanding of the issues surrounding climate change and can truly help in raising awareness in others," the Greenwatch lady exec added. SM City Bacolod will transfer the Negros Occ. Junior Green Artists' Exhibit at the mall's East Bridgeway up to April 26, Friday.

"We thank all of our partners and sponsors who helped in making both the local events and the over-all judging and exhibit truly memorable experiences. Special thanks goes to La Carlota School Division Superintendent Portia Mallorca, Ph D and her team; Kabankalan School Division Superintendent Elisa G. Bronola, and Messrs. Salvador O. Ochavo, Jr. oic, ASDS, and Blas C. Tabayag, Jr. EPS 1, both of DepEd Kabankalan; the Kabankalan City Lions Club for judging and providing the prizes for the city’s winners; Himamaylan CENRO Armela E. Waldato, and Ronald. F. Trinio, in charge of the City Environment Office's Upland Program," the lady advocate concluded.
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Salvie Einosas