October 25, 2018
As part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency's (JICA) move to encourage Filipino youth to share their voices on development issues, a digital art competition for college students called "Sustainable Development Goals: Building an Inclusive Future" feted winning art works of Filipino students from participating Philippine universities and colleges.
The contest highlighted digital illustrations on how young people view JICA's development cooperation work in the Philippines and how it contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through international cooperation. The SDGs refer to the global vision of 193 member countries of the United Nations (UN) to help eradicate poverty in the next 15 years. One hundred and forty five students submitted entries for the contest.
The first prize winner is Kristelle Joyce Adami, freshman multimedia studies major from the University of the Philippines (UP) Open University who depicted people from all walks of life moving forward together making sure no one is left behind. Meanwhile, 19 year-old fine arts student from UP Baguio, Don Ray Ramos won second place. He imagined building an inclusive future like painting a masterpiece. He also explained the importance of having a vision to realize economic progress. Third place winner is Diane Angelica Hu, multimedia arts major from De La Salle – College of St. Benilde. She painted a digital art piece about JICA as a catalyst for an inclusive future. This is symbolized by images of two hands surrounded by people creating innovation, preserving the environment, and maintaining justice.
"At JICA, we value the voices of young people and believe that their art works reflect their aspirations on how people, institutions, and development partners like JICA can work together to improve the lives of many," said JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada. "JICA supports the Philippines in realizing its SDG targets through our more than 100 development cooperation projects. Engaging the young people through digital art is an opportunity to listen to their ideas on SDGs, and encourage them to participate in development."
Winning entries will receive next generation drawing tablets, while the rest of the runners-up will receive 1-terrabyte hard drive each. The Board of Judges is composed of Art Directors Club Young Guns Award for 2013 recipient and co-founder of design studio Plus63 Design Co., Dan Matutina, ABS-CBN Integrated and Current Affairs News Head Ging Reyes, Philippine Star Lifestyle Editor Millet Mananquil, and JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada.
The contest is supported by partner institutions and media organizations namely Embassy of Japan in Manila, Japan Foundation, Philippine Television Network, CNN Philippines, ABSCBN, and Rappler.
First prize winner, Kristelle Joyce Adami, Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts, University of the Philippines (UP) Open University
Second prize winner, Don Jay Ramos, BA Fine Arts UP Baguio
Third prize winner, Diane Angelica Hu, BA Multimedia Arts, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde