Visual Arts: Doorway to Promote Science and Technology in the New Normal

Author: Shaira Rapisora Published: Nov. 18, 2021

It is true that incorporating the element of art into something makes it really unique at any point. People often say that when art and science collide, there is magic – a spark that connects the two elements and eventually brings an unexplainable yet overwhelming appreciation to its audience.

With this, the Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region has organized a competition titled, Sining Siyensya: Online Science Art Contest in celebration of the 2021 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) as another way to stimulate the artistic pursuits of students and show their creative side through the fusion of art and science. As DOST-NCR Regional Director Jose B. Patalinjug III said on his message, “May siyensya sa sining, at may sining sa siyensya.”

Anchored on this year’s NSTW theme, Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon, artists showed their creativity as they integrate and promote the significance of science, technology, and innovation as we go on with the new normal in this time of a pandemic.

A total of 31 artwork entries from Junior and Senior High School students in Metro Manila were showcased during the event’s Awarding Ceremony held on 18 November 2021 via Zoom.

Top five winners were awarded as follows: 1st Place- Daniella Ybut from San Juan City Academic SHS; 2nd Place- Cassandra Grace Paez from Las Pinas National High School-SHS; 3rd Place- Bea Marie Corpuz from Captain Albert Aguilar National High School; 4th Place- Apollo Dion Reyes from Camarin High School; and the People’s Choice Award was also given to Cassandra Grace Paez from Las Pinas National High School-SHS; all received a cash prize, plaque of recognition, and a miniature Plasma Sphere from DOST-NCR.

All entries were also subjected for live auction wherein 20 artworks were sold gathering a total amount of P113,800 which will be given directly to the artists. On the other hand, remaining unsold artworks will be included in the online selling via the DOST-NCR social media page.

DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara, DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Engr. Sancho Mabborang, Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology Executive Director May Pagsinohin, and DOST-NCR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Support Services Engr. Romelen T. Tresvalles served as board of judges for the said contest.

Regional Directors and staff from different Regional Offices, public and private stakeholders, individual guests and art enthusiasts also joined the live bidding of artworks.

DOST-NCR Regional Director Patalinjug expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all the student-participants and bidders for their continuous support to the endeavors of the agency. He also shared that another Sining Siyensya: Online Science Art Contest will be conducted again in 2022.

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