IRST PLACE. Davao’s Golden Time Of 2021, Rembert Vergara Jr.
Photo Credit: Hulagway sa Dabaw Facebook

DEPICTING celebration of victory, hope, and resilience, the top three winning entries among those who submitted, bagged cash and trophies in this year’s Hulagway sa Davao 2021: #Kadayawan Reimagined Digital Art Contest.                                                                                                   

According to the City Information Office (CIO), Rembert Vergara Jr. in his winning artwork “Golden Time of 2021” reimagined the roars of the champions, colorful bounties of harvest, lively music of different local bands, exciting activities and destinations, and beautiful smiling faces of Davaoeños that could have been without the health crisis. 

The second place is “Kadayawan” by Francquiel Cinto which is an amalgamation and an abstract of the Kadayawan sa Davao throughout his childhood.

“I could still vividly remember the floats, dancers, drummers, the crowd, the vendors, reporters, and the tourists around the streets. It is a nostalgic feeling and I want to depict that in my artwork through the use of color tones and effects. I drew this on my android phone using my fingers and by that, I want to deliver a message that even through hardships and obstacles we should still persevere and fight head-on,” Cinto said. 

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Brendon Abueva’s digital art entitled “Biyahe Panaog” is third place. His work depicts a jeepney carrying bountiful harvest with durian and the waling-waling as highlight.

Two entries bagged the Mayor’s Choice and consolation prize. These are “Bring Back” by Marie Antionette Capala and “Reimagining Kadayawan” by Johann Alcain. Both entries depict bustling city streets with people taking selfies amidst the colorful performances during the Indak-indak sa Kadayawan.

THIRD PLACE. Biyahe Panaog. Brendon Abueva.
Photo Credit: Hulagway sa Dabaw Facebook.

The first place of this contest shall bag 20,000 first prize, the second place is 15,000 and the third place is 10,000. The mayor’s choice shall receive 5,000, and the consolation price shall receive 2,000 each. The 25 finalists were chosen from among the 83 submitters from a wide interest of graphic designers within the city to join the contest. The contest period started from August 7-31, 2021. 

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Meanwhile, the consolation prizes were given to Alexandra Ramos with the entry Mga Alaala sa Masayang Kadayawan, Fritzie Lor with the entry entitled A Vibrant Celebration, Mark Borlagatan with his entry Damgo sa Kadayawan, Phylis Mae Nalagon with the entry Re-Imagining the Feeling through Technology, Alyssa Maglalang with the entry Pagsaulog, Paul Vincent Jacildo with the entry Kadayawan, Nina Angelica Aligaen with the entry Dagway, Ellen Mae Bayalas with the entry Kadayawan 2021, Renee Allyssa Sagun with the entry Vibrance and Joy, Godwin Aguila with the entry Kadayawan, Joseph Daniel Malabar with his entry Duyan Dungan, Shinnen Cahandig with the entry Kasadya, Marlito Ayala with his entry Kadayawan Vibe Up Close, Iya Peñafiel with the entry Puhon sa San Pedro St., and Jermielyn Delima with the entry Glimpse of Kadayawan.

Chief city information officer Jefry Tupas said that what makes this year’s Hulagway sa Kadayawan 2021 unique is the shift of the platform from the regular photography contest to digital art. And it did not disappoint. 

“The contest shifted from the usual competition that seeks photographs that best show the spirit of Kadayawan and how Dabawenyos celebrate it. This year, we sought to find out how Dabawenyos imagine Kadayawan without the pandemic. These artworks not only show creativity, but also inspiration, hope, resilience, and faith for better days to come,” Tupas said. 


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