Sungka inspired photo helps Benildean bag top prize in Petron contest

Sungka inspired photo helps Benildean bag top prize in Petron contest

In the annual Petron art competition, a Benildean won grand prize in the photography category with her depiction of Filipino culture through the traditional game of sungka.

Multimedia Arts student Ysabel Victoriano triumphed in the 2016 Everyone’s Vision Petron, an annual competition for young artists sponsored by the largest oil refining company in the Philippines, with her photo reflecting the simple life of Filipinos in the Bernardo Carpio Mountain, Rizal.

“My photo not only promotes the places Wawa, Montalban, and Rodriguez, Rizal where the legend of Bernardo Carpio [who is said to be the cause of earthquakes in Filipino folklore] originated, but it also uplifts the Filipino culture through the tradition of playing Sungka, a timeless game for all ages,” Victoriano said in an interview with The Benildean.

The young artist added it was an honor to be acknowledged by well-known photographers, whilst meeting other artists who have the same passion. She added the winning entry was shot last July 16.


“I plan to continue taking photos that can serve as an inspiration to others–telling stories through art that I make behind the lens, and allowing others to interpret them in their own ways,” she said.

Victoriano, who is also a photographer of The Benildean Press Corps, the official student journalists’ organization of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, took home P50,000 and received a trophy and plaque made by National Artist Napoleon V. Abueva.

Everyone’s Vision Petron is an annual competition and exhibition that features aspiring and artists aged from 16 to 28. This year, they works revolved around the theme “Tuklas Kapaligiran: Rediscovering the Best Feature of Our Surrounding.”

Vision Petron aims to “support the Filipino artist’s unique vision and dynamic translations of Philippine culture through various forms of art that draw fellow Filipinos closer to their heritage and ultimately, to everyone.”


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