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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Two young Pinay students win awards at Global Art Contest

Two young Filipino students -- Jamille Bianca Aguilar, 16, and Maria Angelica Ramos Tejada, 6 -- won awards at the recent Global Art Contest for children and youth, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a news release, the DFA said Aguilar won the silver prize in the 16 to 20 years old category, while Tejada received a special mention in the 5 to 10 years old category.

The DFA said the contest was organized by the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
The exhibit featuring the 34 winning art pieces was launched on June 20 at the United Nations Office in Geneva to coincide with the opening of the Rio + 20 Conference in Brazil.

The Global Art contest received 160 submissions from 18 countries.
The exhibit will run until July 11.

Global Art Contest
The theme of the recent Global Art Contest was, "Stockholm at 10: Chemical Challenges, Sustainable Solutions" and what it meant to young people around the world.
The contest was held as part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Stockholm Convention, a global treaty to protect people and the environment from harmful chemicals. 
The contest was open to three art media categories: drawing, photography, and short videos.

It had three age categories:

  • 5-10 years old;
  • 11-15 years old, and
  • 16-20 years old.
According to the Global Art Contest’s website, three of the Stockholm Convention’s Regional Centers are organizing parallel virtual exhibitions of the winning entries:
  • Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX) in Brno, Czech Republic;
  • Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) in Kuwait City, Kuwait, and
  • Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Dakar, Senegal.

International recognition

Before winning at the Global Art Contest, Aguilar has already won other national and international awards for her works.
She won a “Special Prize to International Artist” at 12th International High School Arts Festival in Tokyo, Japan in 2010.
She likewise won an award in the National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation's Love Your Body Campaign in 2008.
To see Jamille’s art works online, click here.
- with Rouchelle Dinglasan, VVP, GMA News

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