THE Cebu City Government, through the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission, held yesterday the first Cebu City Arts Week Competition in Plaza Independencia.

The activity was participated in by 97 artists.

Councilor Margarita Osmeña, deputy mayor for tourism, thanked all the artists for showcasing their love for the arts.

She said the activity aims to show to the public the “new things in old Cebu.”

“We have to be dynamic and recognize what’s happening to the city,” she said.

Emar Lacorte of Bohol won the first prize in the on the spot painting contest for his artwork that was inspired by the hardships of their family.

Clint Normadia placed second for his artwork that was inspired by nature.

Virgilio Pomida Jr., executive member of National Commission for Culture and the Arts, earned the third place.

Pomida, who came from Baybay City, Leyte, featured the high-noon mass of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño.

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena, in a separate interview, said he was surprised with the number of artists who joined the activity.

“It got a very good participation. It’s what we are trying to do, get the public to be interested,” he said.

The City gave P50,000 to the painting contest’s first placer, P30,000 to the second placer and P20,000 to the third placer.

The top three artworks will be displayed and become properties of the Cebu City Museum. Rowinmar Espinosa, USJ-R Intern