Therese Marie Ortaliz, an architecture student from La Consolacion College-Bacolod (LCC-B), emerged victorious in the first-ever province-wide Golden Dinagsa painting contest (Open Theme), wowing judges with her poignant portrayal of hacienda workers’ lives.
Held on January 20 in Cadiz City, the competition drew hundreds of entries showcasing diverse artistic styles and perspectives.
Ortaliz’s masterpiece, capturing the struggles and resilience of sugar farmers alongside the iconic carabao, stood out for its depth and emotional resonance, securing her the grand prize of P100,000.
The Golden Dinagsa painting contest isn’t just about awarding prizes; it’s about nurturing local artistic talent and providing a platform for expression. As Mayor Salvador Escalante, Jr. remarked, “Each painting tells an amazing story, showcasing the passion and skill of Negros artists.” He further emphasized the contest’s role as a cornerstone event, held twice annually during the Dinagsa Festival and Charter Day, solidifying Cadiz City as a hub for artistic exchange and appreciation.
Beyond celebrating talented individuals like Ortaliz, the contest aims to empower artists through challenging times. Escalante acknowledged the devastating impact of the pandemic on the local art scene, and his commitment to supporting artistic pursuits through initiatives like the contest is earning him much respect within the community.
Silay City’s Vicky Gasper was named first runner-up with her art subjects- kids floricking on the beach -pocketing P50,000 in cash prize.
The “messy world” concept amid digital age of Allen Descalsota of Cadiz City was declared second runner-up. It made Descalsota P35,000 richer on that day.
Winning third and fourth runners-up were Cadiz’s Jonafer Chavez and Sagay’s Nestor Angelo Dequina, respectively.
Both Chavez’s “sweet date” of an illustrious couple and Dequina’s “complex dream” of a rural boy got the judges’ nod.
Chavez took home 25,000 while Dequina carted away P20,000 in prize money.
Meanwhile, composing the five finalists and winning P15,000 each included Psyche Amor Distor of Valladolid (Paligo sang mga Bata), Analyn Trespicio – La Castellana (The Shoeman), Jessa Marie Gustilo – La Castellana (Handum sang Kubos nga mga Bata), John Steve Gabana -Cadiz City ( Mga Manuglibod Isda) and John Ryan Locsin – Bacolod City (Teenage Boys).