This year, inspired by the drive to move forward despite the challenges of the pandemic, the theme was “restART”, wherein young artists are encouraged to visualize the youth’s role in nation-building during an uncertain time.

More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year under the categories of the Digital Fine Arts, Watercolor, Sculpture, and Oil and Acrylic.

54ᵗʰ NSAC Winners

Digital Fine Art Category

Digital Fine Art Category

1st Place: “Pintura” by Gerard Lynn Mara Santos

(Technological University of the Philippines)



1st Place: "If Only We'll Unite and Conquer" by Maica Rozel Borlagdan

(University of the Philippines Diliman)

Oil and Acrylic Category

Oil and Acrylic Category

1st Place: "Panibagong Umaga" by Jarren Dahan

(University of Mindanao)

Watercolor Category

Watercolor Category

1st Place: “Moving Forward” by Ranier Angelo Bolivar

(GK College of Business, Arts, and Technology)

Virtual Art Interact Sessions

Another learning opportunity offered this year for artists and art enthusiasts alike is the Virtual Art Interact Sessions - a series of talks wherein established local artists shared their different approaches to art.

Topics presented included how young artists can develop their skills even with limited resources, technology, art, and advocacies. These were presented by NSAC awardees Emard Cañedo, Anjo Bolarda, and Tokwa Peñaflorida, respectively.

“The pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives. Yet there was a strength of spirit inside you that shone through. We see it mostly in your art, and that is what we are recognizing today. As we bravely continue to navigate through this pandemic and look forward to recovery, we believe that art could start change and progress”.

Lorelie Quiambao-Osial President and CEO



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