A total of 278 aspiring Picassos, little Da Vincis, Amorsolos, Manansalas and Michaelangelos with a single dream gathered together at the recently concluded Global Art Philippines National Art Competition 2019 held at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura, Taguig City. Seven were adjudged grand champions, automatically earning a spot as Philippine representatives to the Global Arts International Level Competition to be held in Singapore on December 1, 2019.
Participants are current students of Global Art Philippines and are the best among Global Art branches in Ortigas, San Juan, Del Monte-Quezon City, Makati, Serendra, Alabang, Binondo, Ycaza-Manila, Fun Ranch-Pasig, New Manila, Pampanga, Cebu, Davao, and General Santos City.
Paintbrush meets perfection
“This year’s theme was My Appreciation because we wanted our young artists to translate into visual art their appreciation of God, their family, friends, nature, technology, and the quality of their lives in general,” said Yenny Saw, Global Arts Philippines Country Manager.
The competition had two major categories based on the genre or the medium used: Creative Drawing and Painting.
The winners in Creative Drawing are Category A: 4 to 6 years old: Grand Champion- Daphne Elizabeth Dira (Makati); 1st runner-up- Samantha Therese Cristobal (Ortigas); 2nd runner-up- Kotaro Irie (Serendra); Category B: 7-9 years old: Grand Champion- Judy Kwag (Cebu); 1st runner-up- Esther Noche (Davao) and 2nd runner-up- Alyssa Lim (Makati); Category C: 10-12 years old: Grand Champion- Ervin Cedric Uy (Del Monte); 1st runner-up -Dave Sia (Cebu); and 3rd runner-up -Ceana Blair Ramirez and Category : 13-18 years old: Grand Champion- Priya Nelly Atheena Tan (Manila); 1st runner-up- Julianne Chuah (Manila) and 2nd runner-up- Ralph Yap (Cebu).
Meawhile, the following were declared winners in the Acrylic Painting Category: Category 1: 7-9 years old: Grand Champion – Keana Nicolle Jiang (Pampanga); 1st runner-up- Ace Gabriel Choa (Ortigas); 2nd runner-up- Chantalle May Go (Davao); Category 2: 10-12 years old: Grand Champion- Julia Gabrielle San Juan (Makati); 1st runner-up – Julia Madison Gutierrez (Makati); 2nd runner-up- Alyssa Denise Cam (Davao); Category 3: 13 to 18 years old: Grand Champion – Roland Jude Gellang (General Santos); 1st runner-up- Dominique Kiersten Lim (Makati); 2nd runner-up – Meryl Fiona Miranda (General Santos)
14-year-old Roland Jude Gellang traveled all the way from Global Art General Santos City for the event, saying that art is fun and the competition, challenging and rewarding. Julia Gabrielle San Juan, 10, of Makati couldn’t agree more. “Art is fun!” she said. “There was a lof of pressure but the rewarding experience was winning!” Keana Nicolle Jiang, 9, meanwhile, attributes her victory to her family and teachers. She also added that her art studies at Global Art Pampanga helped build confidence and discipline. For Daphne Elizabeth Dira, 6 years old, practicing everyday helped her win and it is going to be extra special since December 1 (the date of the international competition) is her birthday. Nine-year-old Judy Kwag said that the most rewarding part of the experience was coloring which she loved. And she was happy to have won, thinking that she might not because she had a mistake. For Ervin Cedric Uy, art is both fun and challenging and he is looking forward to competing in Singapore. He will try to keep improving and prepre for it. Priya Nelly Atheena Tan, 16, said she is more confident now and will continue with her art program. She loves it so much because she can put what’s in her mind on paper.
Created to create
“We believe that our students need a goal or a purpose to work on lest they do art out of routine, then wane in their passion after a while. This competition was a channel where through which young artists and their teachers are motivated to practice more, learn more, and be better than they are, year after year,” Saw shared. “While the event teaches students determination and independence, it is also during healthy competitions like this that students’ horizons are broadened.”
Art with a heart
Global Art Philippines is a unique art school where toddlers, kids and teenagers are encouraged to unleash their creative potential through world-class art enrichment programs. These activities and programs give kids the opportunity to develop their appreciation for art and hone their intrinsic gifts of exploration, self-expression, logical thinking, self-esteem, imagination, and creativity.
“Most values our students learn in class have positively impacted their personal lives. They are taught that the world is a big canvas and it’s up to them to leave it blank, or start living their lives in full optimistic colors,” Saw concluded.
A company founded in Malaysia in 1999 by Mr. Mahair Goh, Global Art teaches children not only how to copy a drawing but to create their own artwork, design and interpretation through different techniques. Aside from South East Asia where it first opened (it has branches in China and India), art schools can also be found North America, Australia, The Middle East, and Africa. Global Art is also the biggest art school, currently spread across 19 countries, in 600 art centers with more than a million students registered today. In the Philippines, Global Art opened its first school in 2008 and has 14 branches in the country since.
For further information and inquiries about Global Art Philippines visit or call their main office at Unit 101, Sekai Center, 368 Ortigas Avenue corner Madison Street, Greenhills, San Juan; Tel no. 726-0435. Like them on Facebook: @globalartphils or visit their website at