Manila (23 November) -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will be having its first national painting competition this 2010. The competition aims to support the development of Philippine contemporary art and challenge artists to strive for a higher level of artistic excellence.
The BSP, the prime financial institution of the country, is a known patron of the arts and have in its collection impressive artwork ranging from the 18th century to the present era.
Through the competition, the BSP intends to raise the public's awareness and appreciation of art and to recognize the artistic excellence of contemporary artists.
The competition is open to professional and non-professional Filipino artists who have previously won in national and international competitions and art fairs. Artists are free to explore any subject or theme.
Winners will be announced on 16 February 2011. There will be an exhibition of the top three winners and the finalists at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila from 16 February to 16 April 2011.
Prizes will be awarded during the opening ceremony of the exhibit.
Competition rules and regulations and entry forms may be downloaded online at www.bsp.gov.ph.
For more information, participants may contact the Museo ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas at 524-9534/ 516-7499 or 524-7011 locals 2981 and 2377.