Zonta Club of Cebu II Hosts WOMANDAUE Painting Competition 2023 Exhibit

To honor the significant contributions of women to the development of Mandaue City, the Zonta Club of Cebu II is holding a 10-day exhibit featuring entries from the WOMANDAUE painting competition.

“Today marks a significant occasion. We come together not only to celebrate the painting competition with the theme ‘A Landscape of Women Who Move Mandaue,’” said Dr. Elsa Basubas, chair of the Abay Sa Kahayag Committee of Zonta Club of Cebu II. “This theme encapsulates the essence of recognizing and honoring the invaluable contributions of women to the cultural, historical, and societal richness of our beloved community.”

Speaking at the exhibit’s launch on Friday, December 8, 2023, Dr. Basubas highlighted how women’s resilience, creativity, and unwavering spirit have woven them into the fabric of Mandaue, enriching the community with diverse stories, traditions, and experiences.

Atty. Regal M. Oliva, Zonta Club of Cebu II Internal Vice President, emphasized the club’s commitment to bringing this theme to life through visual arts. “Women play a vital role in the development of Mandaue City. We pay tribute to them, as without women, nothing would have moved; there’s no movement, no oil to move the engine of Mandaue City. Even in our council, almost half of the positions are held by women,” Atty. Oliva said.

This initiative is part of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, spanning from November 25, 2023, to December 12, 2023. The competition awarded P100,000 for the first prize, P50,000 for the second prize, and P25,000 for the third. Jerson Calo’s “Empowering WoMandaue” secured the first prize, followed by Rolando Yakit’s “Tigluto ug Lamiang Bibingka sa Mandaue” in second place, and Aedam Javier’s “Panahi ug Trapo” claiming the third prize.

Each of the seven finalists received P10,000. These included “WoMantawi Climbs To the Top” by Roxanne Normandia, “The Heroines of Mandaue City” by Genevieve Carumba, “Bingka sa Mandaue Vendor” by Virgilio Ybanez, “Subtle Influence: A Delightful Legacy” by Ruena Fat, “The Silent but Powerful Force behind Mandaue City” by Lordzell Perez, “Unity through Women’s Organization to End Violence Against Women and Children” by Alfredo Bitoon Jr., and “Kababayen-an: Suga sa Pinuy-anan, Dan-ag sa Dakbayan” by Wilfredo Canete Jr.

Ms. Karla Victoria Cortez, Mandaue City public information officer representing Mayor Jonas Cortes, highlighted the importance of the event. “Today’s gathering not only celebrates past successes but also serves as a reminder that gender-based violence still threatens us. Surrounded by paintings depicting our ongoing fight, we acknowledge that violence against women of all ages persists. So today, and every day, let’s tap into the core of our activism, recognizing that the power to end violence lies within each of us,” Ms. Cortez said.

“Our collective commitment has led to the success we achieved, rooted and upheld in the intrinsic worth of our womanhood. We define it ourselves, not allowing others to dictate our narrative,” she added.

Mandaue City Councilor Cynthia Remedio noted that the city, under the leadership of Mayor Cortez, alongside the Zonta Club of Cebu II through its Abay sa Kahayag program, continues to work together for a peaceful, resilient, and violence-free Mandaue.

“May these artworks serve as a reminder that each brushstroke carries a message of resilience, empowerment, and a collective goal to end violence against women,” said Zn. Marietta P. Malinao in her closing remarks.

Maristela Rallos, who helped organize the painting competition, noted that over 100 artists participated. The judging criteria included creativity, relevance to the theme, and impact, among others.

The competition was open to everyone, with participants ranging from senior high school students to professional artists. The paintings were identified only by numbers to ensure impartiality.

The board of judges included Maris Holopainen, owner of Qube Gallery; Prof. Javy Villacin, a UP Cebu Fine Arts faculty member; Allen Arvin Tan, fair director of Tubo Cebu Art Fair; Edwin Ao, fashion designer and faculty member of CITU College of Arts, Sciences and Education; and Ms. Maia Franco, external vice president of the Arts Council of Cebu Foundation Inc.

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