‘Tuklas Kapaligiran’ from Vision Petron
As Earth Month ends, let me share the winners of Petron’s National Student Art Competition which they let us appreciate through their 2017 calendar. The pictures of the winning art works with quotes from the artist judges are introduced with: “We should take time out to be awed by the magnificence of a blazing sunset. Marvel at the mysterious world beneath the waves. Listen to the music of the birds. Feel the gentle caress of the wind.
‘Enjoy all that nature offers at different times and different seasons.”
The first months of the year have a visual with many lively colors, a variety of creatures and objects.
There is a young girl holding a magnifying glass. John Nikko Pelaez titled his work “Nena and Nature.”
One of the judges, National Artist Hon. Benedicto Cabrera, comments that “the painting celebrates all that is beautiful in the Philippines—its scenic landscapes and seascapes, abundant flora and fauna in our rain forests and even our diverse group of people. The overall impact is one of awe at the blessings of our country possesses. Let us celebrate and give thanks for the beauty of our beloved Philippines.”
In his work, “Picturesque Journey,” Neil Defeo shows two women, young and elderly, groups enjoying a waterfall and a historical scene all together.
Another judge, Justin Nuyda says: “The artist gives his rendition of beauty by masterfully blending all that is wonderful in the Philippines—people, art and culture, history to name a few, which makes up the foundation upon which the Filipino lives in the present and journeys into the future.”
An ancient tree and a tall building are together in Joegan Espina’s work “Endless Possibilities Through Wonderful Reality.”
Vision Petron judge makes us appreciate this more with this critique: “A centuries-old tree from the last surviving rain forest slowly but surely morphs into a solid blue pole.
It is a warning that an invasion of our natural habitats in the name of development is a real present danger. The artist paints a sad and lonely picture of what could happen if we do not temper the extreme demands of progress.”
A serious, intense youth holding a plastic bottle recycled into a plant hanger with a very healthy plant is the center of the work of John Frederick Fusilero — the colors mainly brown and a very alive green. It is titled “Di Pa Huli Ang Lahat.”
Vision Petron judge Felice Sta. Maria in gladness declares: “Such an exemplary, compelling image! It encourages deep critical thinking about our human role in the biological community.
Save the greenery before it’s too late! Catch ourselves from under developing foresight, from forgetting to love and honor life by caring for ecological harmony!”
I went to the light to see more clearly the artistic work of Christian Maglente with the intriguing title, “Tuklasin ang Halaga at Makikita Mo Sila.” Near the light and with some effort, one can find the endangered species amidst the tree trunks.
To see more clearly, let us heed Vision Petron judge Raul Isidro: “Examine this painting closely and you will spot the faint images of our critically endangered indigenous animals. Their eyes, filled with fear at the loss of their habitat, give them away. What a powerful message this painting conveys: let us act in unison to help save our animals from extinction—before it is too late.”
“Pag-ibig at Buhay sa Pinatubo” puts the Aetas at the center of his gently beautiful work. With a predominance of light green and yellow, it encourages hope, optimism. Vision Petron judge says: “A gossamer curtain seemingly hides the true situation of the Aetas as they fight to survive in the surroundings of Mt. Pinatubo. The artist’s gentle strokes are reminiscent of the sweet-natured mountain people who have weathered all kinds of challenges in their desperate fight to live. Peering out of the curtain, they remind us that hope springs eternal—that love never fails.”
The calendar is truly a treasure. Teachers can do very many things with the material.
As an educational material, there are many levels that the teacher can reach: cognitive, affective, and serious meaning making with action planning.
While it may be used as a starting point (in parts or as a whole), it may also be used as a way to end and summarize points.
Thank you very much, Quay Ybañez. You responded very quickly to my request for a calendar for the grade 9 homeroom. But, my dear, we will be referring to this not just for dates!
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