MANILA, May 26 Davao City, represented by student-artists from Region 11, bagged the top prize Friday night in a two-day painting contest organized by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Quezon City.
The winning painting depicts Mindanaos ethnic groups joining hands with other Filipino farmers in a farm scene. The painters received P 150,000 cash prize from DAR officials and contest sponsors.
Ilocos Region (Region 1) landed second place and received P 100,000 cash prize. Region 4-A was third and went home P 75,000 richer.
For two days, the student-artists from different regions nationwide took out their paint brushes and art equipment as they interpreted a day in the life in the farms at the start of the contest.
With the theme Buhay sa Bukid ay Masaya, kung may Sipag at Pag-aaruga (Life in the Farm is Happy, if there is Hardwork and Care), the youngsters drew and painted farm scenes at DAR gymnasium inside the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) along Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City.
The awarding ceremonies were also held at the DAR gymnasium.
DAR public affairs director Hugo Buboy Yonzon III said the event would set the tone for the celebration of the 2nd Anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) this June.
Yonzon said the event aims to sustain the interest and enhance the awareness among students about CARP. (PNA) RMA/JCA