PHOTO CAPTION: Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr., explains the rationale behind the painting competition before the 40 participants at the Cadiz City Arena on Friday./iNEWS
BACOLOD CITY–The Cadiz City government launched on Friday its 1st Cadiz City Painting Competition to mark its 54th Charter Day celebration.
Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. is particularly proud of the many young and up-and-coming local artists in Cadiz.
“If we spend money on basketball, badminton, and fun runs, we should also invest on our local artists and give them livelihood,” he stated.
The mayor said the competition will give Cadiz City artists “a venue to improve their craft”.
We are planning to make the competition province-wide and ultimately region-wide, Escalante said.
“While we are restricted right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we become stagnant. There are other ways to continue living and art is one way,” he said. “Let us continue living through art.”
The competition is limited to 40 slots but 60 came for the launching and briefing on Friday, he said.
He added that there are even minors who want to join but, because of health protocols, are unable to.
The grand prize for the competition is P30,000.
The second prize is P25,000; 3rd prize- P20,000; 4th prize- P15,000; and 5th prize- P10,000.
Five finalists will get P5,000 each, and consolation prize awardees will each receive P1,000.
All participants will be given seed money of P1,500.
Entries should be 30×40 inches and the medium should be acrylic or oil on canvas. The theme should be tourist spots in Cadiz City.
The deadline and judging of entries will be on July 3 at the Cadiz City Arena. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)