Sorsogon’s first ever Provincial Capitol Art Competition held


Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero named the winners of the first-ever Provincial Capitol Art Competition.

The provincial government said that a 32-year old from Irosin topped the first Provincial Capitol Art Competition with his oil painting of the iconic Sorsogon Provincial Capitol, besting 26 other participants in the province.

Escudero together with the Sorsogon Provincial Tourism Culture and Arts Office (SPTCAO) awarded today John Darrel M. Evasco the first place while Santiago H. Mercader, 40 years old also from Irosin won 2nd place and Jay G. Floresca, 22 years old from Barcelona won 3rd place.

Mr. Bobby Gigantone, Provincial Tourism Officer, said the art competition aims to showcase the talent of Sorsoganon painters as well as promote and rejuvenate local tourism by highlighting the Provincial Capitol Complex as an iconic place in Sorsogon.

The competition was participated by 27 artists from different municipalities in Sorsogon, ages 18 years old and above.

Escudero in his short message during the awarding ceremony said the competition ‘will not be the last.’

“The provincial government of Sorsogon will continue to support our artists in the hope that someday, one, some or all of you will be famous and when you return to Sorsogon you will teach the younger painters what you did, how you came about and how you reached whatever you reached in the art scene and hopefully, be able to inspire more artists in Sorsogon, “ said the Governor.

Escudero also announced that all of the 27 artworks will be displayed at the Provincial Capitol Buiding along with the other works of art commissioned by the provincial government once the restoration is done.

Meanwhile, the art pieces from last year’s Kasanggayahan Painting Competition will be displayed in the 9 district hospitals of the province.