Guhit Sudlungan, a visual arts student group from Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sta. Mesa, took home P75, 000 and a special glass trophy for their artwork “Greater Access to Convergence” in the 3D Street Painting Festival organized by Avida Towers Centera at EDSA cor. Reliance Street in Mandaluyong City on March 18 to 19.
The two-day competition became a special event as Filipino artists, professional and amateur, gathered and showcased their artworks relating to the theme “Fast-forward: Life at the Center of the Metropolis”. The awarding was held at the MegaTent in Pasig City as part of the launch of Avida Land Corp’s latest high-rise development, Avida Towers Centera.
Guhit Sudlungan, which took inspirations from the works of American master artist and architect Kurt Wenner, snatched their victory over 23 other teams. Team members say it wasn’t an easy victory.
“We were a bit discouraged when we learned that some of the artists we look up to joined the competition because they are already accomplished and popular. But we just told ourselves to do our best and focus on our work so we could execute our plans correctly,” said Arnold Lalongisip of Guhit Sudlungan.
Other team members include Neil Defeo, John Mark Saycon, Justito Fadriquela, Jr. Malanio Balauitan III , Jasper Barba, and Joel Chavez. Their three-dimensional masterpiece that depicts children living on the fringes, awaiting a bright future.
The fact that the 3D paintings for the competition were painted on the ground added an extra challenge. “We are used to painting using a canvas so it was really a huge a challenge to paint the ground,” says Arnold.
Tess Tatco, Avida Marketing Manager; Petes Gamboa, Ayala Land Senior Architect; and Ryan Ybañez, Avida Project Manager were joined by two noted Filipino artists in judging the 24 finalists: painter, poet, and Philippine Star columnist Igan D’ Bayan, and artist, cartoonist and film animator Jason Moss.
All entries were judged according to Artistic Merits (45%), Relevance to the Theme (35%), and Over-all Impact (20%).
Stycon, the second placer in the competition was awarded with P50, 000 and a trophy for their 3D street painting “Connected and Green”. The group, which is involved in graphic and fashion design, is made up of Alvin Anonuevo, Pars Cea, Jawo Gonzales, and Manolette Tizon.
Anonuevo said, “The competition was fun but tiring. Our backs ached but fortunately we used a compressor or air brush to make painting much easier.”
A five-piece group from University of the Philippines Diliman, meanwhile, bagged the third place for their artwork “Metropolis Mania”. Fine Arts students Anna Leah Aldaba, Kathleen Fallaria, Clarissa Marie Rodriguez, Ralph Louis Barrientos, and Clara Herrera—collectively known as 4:20—received P30, 000 and a glass trophy.
“Metropolis Mania is about man’s symbiotic relationship with technologies and media,” Barrientos shared.
Avida Towers Centera will also be giving away P20, 000 and a trophy for the most favorite 3D street painting in its Facebook fan page. The entry that will get the most number of “likes” wins. To vote, visit www.facebook.com/AvidaLandCorp. Actual artworks can also be viewed at the Avida Towers Centera site located at Edsa corner Reliance Street, Mandaluyong City.