Sketching stories of sweet success
(The Philippine Star) - September 27, 2015 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - At Global Art Philippines, where students are encouraged to unleash their creative potential through world-class art enrichment programs, art is learned, practiced and shared.

This was visible as 194 student-artists competed at the recently concluded “2015 Global Art Philippines National Competition” at SMX Aura in Taguig City. These young artists represented the 11 branches of Global Arts Philippines spread across the country. The theme for this year’s contest was “Love.”

Several winners per category were named as the “Best of the Best,” but only one was judged the grand champion per category. They were JayC Ang (Category A, 4-6 years old: Coloring a Template); Sophia Laraine Go (Category B, 7-9 years old: Coloring and Drawing a Template); Julianne Chuah (Category C, 10-12 years old: Drawing and Coloring based on the theme); and Karl Michael Ilagan (Category D, 13-18 years old: Drawing, Coloring and Painting based on the theme). 

All four have a chance to represent the Philippines in the Global Art International Competition to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Nov. 22.

 “We hold this kind of event every year to provide a venue for our students to apply what they have learned and expose them to an environment of healthy competition,” said Yenny Saw, country manager of Global Art Philippines. 

After each competition, students usually become more attentive during lessons and are more motivated to do better since it gives them a sense of purpose to be the next year’s winners. As the students persevere, they begin committing themselves to their pursuit of excellence.

 Six-year-old grand champion JayC Ang has been with Global Art Ortigas for two years now. His parents saw that JayC had a passion for art and they encouraged him to pursue his interest.

Category B winner Sophia Larraine Go of Davao needed no extra push from her family to enroll in an art school since she naturally loves drawing and sketching.

Category C champion Julianne Chuah started attending Global Art three years ago at the suggestion of her aunt.  Although she has been very committed to it and hoped to win, it was obvious that both her and her mom were surprised when she was announced as the grand champion. 

After almost two years at Global Art Fun Ranch before transferring to Global Art Makati, 13-year-old Karl Michael Ilagan knew he was ready to compete and win.

Global Art Philippines accepts students as young as three years old. The multi-level programs allow each art enthusiast to learn at their own pace and use their own ideas to create an artwork.

For information, visit Global Art Philippines and the International Art Competition at Unit 101, Sekai Center, 368 Ortigas Avenue corner Madison Street, Greenhills, San Juan. Call 726-0435, like Global Art on Facebook: or visit


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