Jose Rizal-inspired Youth Art Contest to launch on hero’s 159th birthday eve

Jose Rizal Youth Artwork Competition
Filipino youth are being called to create artwork that shows how to fight off the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Youth Artwork Competition inspired by Philippine national hero Jose Rizal is set to launch on the eve of the hero’s birth anniversary in June.

Spearheading the contest is Kilusang Kreatives, a youth group created by Tutupad Ka Patriots during the lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus disease.

The Youth Artwork Competition carries the theme “Kabataan Laban sa COVID 19 Pandemic” and will be launched on June 18, 2020.

The online launch will feature a symbolic torch lighting in Calamba City in Laguna province, the hometown of Jose Rizal whose 159th birth anniversary will be observed on June 19.

The youth art contest will run until December 6, 2020, the final date of submission of entries.

“We believe in these 6 months period our aim to produce more visuals/ artwork, good stories behind (the art)… will boost positivism and inspire hope on a different viewpoint, channeling disruption to ‘work of art’, producing a kind of visual where we can be proud of with our Filipino youth in this challenging time,” the organizers led by Joey Mosqueda shared with Good News Pilipinas.

“The rationale and goal of this project really is to appeal to the emotions of heroism that is very much rich in the youth through artwork. This will heighten all of our morale as it will show that the youth are participating in our battle in this national crisis,” Mosqueda, a member of Kilusang Pagbabago, adds.

“We the people behind, ‘tayo po’, in this mission also envisions in sustaining Dr. Jose Rizal’s call ‘Kabataan ang Pag-asa ng Bayan’… instilling patriotism as well,” Kilusang Kreatives declares.

The Youth Artwork Competition mechanics:

  • open to all Filipino Youth, ages 10 – 26 yrs. of age at the time of the submission of the entry. Guardian or mentor are allowed to guide the participant.
  • one entry per participant
  • artwork should be in the size 7” x 11”
  • maybe done in freehand (handwork) using any material
  • maybe rendered with digital technology (digitally produced) using art programs on a computer or electronic tablet such as Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop, Corell, InDesign, etc.
  • artwork must depict and interpret the contest theme “Kabataan Laban sa COVID 19 Pandemic”
  • artwork should not have been submitted in another competition, used or displayed in public

Judging criteria as follows:

  • Creativity and Presentation (40%)
  • Originality (30%)
  • Theme Relevance (30%)

NOTE: The design will be judged on its value and content not if it is a hand drawn or a digitally produced. It is the meaning of the artwork, the essence of the design to the theme and its relevance to all.

Ten finalists will be chosen and the top 3 will be declared winners with cash prizes.


Digital or scanned copy to be submitted with the following information:

  • Name of Participant
  • Date of Birth
  • Complete Address
  • Title and Description of the Entry

Send the entry until December 6, 2020, to Kilusang Kreatives Facebook Page in this link.

Artists interested in joining the competition are asked to register on the Reserve A Space Page on the event page and accomplish the reservation and answer the 3 questions. Go to this link.

Good News Pilipinas is a media partner of the Youth Artwork Competition.

Jose Rizal is also the inspiration for the annual Spoken Word Poetry Contest held in Calamba.

The Jose Rizal Museum in Calamba also features a braille exhibit for visually impaired visitors and had featured artwork using naturally-derived paints.

SEND CHEERS to the organizers of the Nationwide Youth Artwork Competition for promoting activities for the Filipino youth under lockdown.

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