On June 6, 2021, the Ecclesiastical District of Australia West held the awarding ceremony of its Literary and Visual Arts Competition. From the confines of their homes, the participants and their fellow brethren, witnessed the occasion.
As the competitors’ artistic works were displayed in an online virtual gallery prior to the awarding day, brethren throughout the district were able to see the various entries. With this, they were able to cast their vote for their top three entries.
The winners, from first to third place, of every category were Frances Anne Francisco, Keziah Gutierrez, and Patrisha Ellese Baloloy (Poetry Writing-KADIWA); Keren Gutierrez, Carmen Ho, and Frances Anne Francisco (EVM Art-KADIWA); Claire Briones, Erafiel Vasco, and Cedrick Garcia (EVM Art-CWS).
Other winners included, in poetry writing, Joselyn Pasuquin (Buklod); in essay writing, Alona Cabilangan-Tibe (Buklod), Ericka Madrid (KADIWA), and Alliah Agustin (Binhi); in photography, Frances Anne Francisco (KADIWA), and Graelan Angelo Palines (Binhi); in poster making, Gerald Castillo (KADIWA); and in EVM Art, Azhanti Pakingan (Binhi). People’s Choice awardees were also recognized.
Sister Azhanti Pakingan, choir member from the Local Congregation of Wyndham, created a watercolor painting of a chapel. She said that what inspired her to paint it is the longing of the faithful for the house of worship and the worship service, especially during the pandemic. “It’s also because of our local’s aspiration that one day [we would] have a chapel of our own,” she added.
“We are so happy that a lot of brethren participated in our activity to all the more enhance their skills,” said Brother RJ Jaraza, district Christian Family Organizations (CFO) overseer. “Also through the activities we’ve held, they were able to express their faith through different forms of art.” — With reports from INC News Section