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Cagayan to hold first-ever arts, creative writing awards

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The Provincial Government of Cagayan will hold the first Cagayan Arts Awards and Creative Writing Contest in time for the Aggao Nac Cagayan celebration this June.

The contests aim to highlight the rich culture and heritage of the province through arts and written literature, encourage and award local artists, and promote Cagayano pride.

Lawyer Mabel Villarica-Mamba said the art competition is open to professional or amateur artists. Participants can submit any artwork including paintings, drawings, sculpture, or installation arts.

“Hindi po kinakailangan na ngayon lang gagawin [yung artwork] para maisubmit. Actually, you could have done the painting years ago or the sculpture years ago puwede lang din yun ang isubmit n’yo as long as you still own the original [work,] Mamba said.

The lawyer said in Tipon Tipan sa PIA [Philippine Information Agency Region 02] on Tuesday, May 15, that there are a lot of talented painters and artists from Cagayan who can showcase their talents. “Even outside Cagayan, actually may mga Cagayano artists tayo, kaya lang hindi rin natin kilala o hindi rin natin alam,” she said.

Artists must submit their work at the new provincial museum, the site of the old provincial jail in Bagumbayan, this city, on Friday, June 8.

The entries will be exhibited in the new museum which gets its soft opening in time for Aggao. (READ: New Cagayan museum ‘soft opening’ eyed for Aggao nac Cagayan 2018)

“Kailangang hindi lamang mga historical artifacts ang [i-exhibit], sana magkaroon din tayo ng ilang kuwarto doon na madedicate din for our local artists dahil para maipakita rin natin sa buong mundo na marami din tayong artists, mga sculptors, painters, [at] photographers na mahuhusay at dapat din kilalanin,” Mamba said.

Awarding for both contests will be done in the new museum on Thursday, June 28. Five artists will win P10,000 each while 15 semifinalists will be given P2,500 each.

Mamba, the wife of Governor Manuel Mamba, is the proponent and chair of the technical committee of the Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano Awards.

Creative writing

Meanwhile, Mamba said there will also be a creative writing contest to be competed in by senior high school or college students from private or public schools of the province.

Contestants are tasked to submit a fiction short story about the heritage and nobility of the Cagayano. The story must be written in English, double-spaced, and must not exceed 1,000 words, .

Students can submit their entry to the secretariat at the Governor’s Office until Friday, June 8. Only one representative from each school will be accepted in the contest.

Entries may be original or modern adaptation of Cagayan epics and legends in various genres such as fable, science, fantasy, action, adventure, historical romance, and drama, the provincial government said.

Mamba noted that the province’s rich history reveals that Cagayan has royalty such as the Mengal, brave Ibanag warriors considered as leaders of great authority in the early days.

“Dito gusto nating maging creative yung mga writers at paano nila mairerepresent ang Cagayan in a creative way using characters from the past,” Mamba said.

Winners of the creative writing contest will also be awarded cash prizes.

Mamba said the idea was pitched by former board member Jenerwin Bacuyag, the current local legislative liaison officer of Governor Mamba.

For inquiries on the 1st Cagayan Art and Creative Writing Awards you may call Ms. Ampy Molina-Almazan (Secretariat Head, Arts Award) at 09053472866 or (078) 3777-0949; Atty. Girlie Mei Cuntapay (Secretariat Head, Creative Writing Award) at 09452468215.

Details for the contests are also posted on the provincial government’s website at www.cagayan.gov.ph.


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