NQC launches art tilt

AIMING to involve the artistic community in the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP), the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) launched the Quincentennial Art Competition (painting) on March 6, 2020.

The NQC has partnered with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and National Committee on Art Gallery of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for the activity.

The visual art tilt is in commemoration of the quincentennial (500th anniversary) of the Victory at Mactan, the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world, and other related events in 1521.

The competition is open to all Filipino citizens, 18 years old and above. Participants must be based in the Philippines.

It will focus on four themes relevant to the commemorations: sovereignty (depicting the Victory at Mactan), magnanimity (the compassion exhibited by Filipino ancestors who rescued the crew of the Magellan-Elcano expedition, the first circumnavigators of the world), unity (the blood compact between the rajah of Mazaua and Ferdinand Magellan), and legacy (the presentation of the Sto. Niño to the queen of Cebu).

“Artists are expected to conduct their own research to capture the world, society and customs of our ancestors to be depicted, and employ the latest studies about the event and the period,” according to the NQC in a statement posted on its website.

The NQC envisions that these entries will form part of the legacies of the quincentennial and to provide an original take on the events of 1521.

The grand prize winner for each theme will receive P500,000. Two minor prize winners per theme will receive P50,000 each. Select entries will be exhibited at the ManilArt 2020 in October 2020.

The deadline for submission is Aug. 28, 2020. Entry drop-off points are as follows:

* Visayas: Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission, Rizal Memorial Library and Museum Building, Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City. Contact person: Bryner Diaz, | 412-4069

* Mindanao: History Department, Xavier University–Cagayan de Oro, 73 Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City. Contact persons: Kristian Sulmayor or Precious Tolibas—; | 09212677982 or 09356556412 (Sulmayor); 09560384999 or 09072432038 (Tolibas)

* Luzon: National Quincentennial Committee Secretariat, second floor, National Historical Commission of the Philippines Building, T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila. Contact person: Ayesha H. Sayseng, | 5335-1200 loc. 145

For guidelines and further details, visit or look for Sayseng at


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