FMB ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF FORESTAR 2021: NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS DIGITAL ART COMPETITION

The Forest Management Bureau culminated its celebration of Forestar 2021 through a live Facebook event, announcing the top eight entries and ultimately the top three winning entries for Forestar 2021: Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) Digital Art Competition. 
 
In his opening message, Assistant Secretary Amaro said that Forestar is celebrated each year to highlight the importance of NTFPs and showcase the appreciation to these products through the conduct of different competitions.
 
In its fourth year, FMB raised the bar by featuring more NTFPs through a Digital Art Competition with the theme, “Christmas Amidst the Pandemic.” The competition highlights three NTFPs, namely, bamboo, rattan, and anahaw, in depicting how celebrating Christmas in the Philippines is being changed by the pandemic. 
 
The competition was judged by three esteemed judges who are experts in the field of arts and design: Mr. Zeus Charles Gunsay from UP Los Banos, Mr. Eisen Bernard Bernardo from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security, and Ms. Schenley Anne Belmonte from Forest Foundation Philippines. 
 
During the live event, Martin Javier announced the top eight entries for the competition. Five consolation prizes will get Php 5,000 each, while the top three entries will receive Php 50,000 (1st Prize), Php 30,000 (2nd Prize), and Php 20,000 (Third Prize). 
 
The list of winners are as follows:
 
1st Prize: Happiness from Forest
Mary Joy Vissoro
 
2nd Prize: Unti-unti Bawat Baitang Paakyat sa Pangarap at Normal na Buhay
Mark Angelo Argarin
 
3rd Prize: NTFP and Filipino Christmas
Jaylord Losabia
 
 
Consolation prizes:
 
Resiliency in a Pandemic Holiday, Ronald Sabello Pocong
A Bright, Yet Separated Christmas, Charlester Principe
NTreeFP Christmas, Marlowie Taccad
Ang Tunay na Diwa ng Pasko, Mae Liza Montibon
Paskong Pandemya, Franz Carlo Banocnoc
 
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