Manila Bulletin Sketchfest is back as in-person event

Published July 25, 2022, 5:50 PM

by Jane Kingsu-Cheng

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From having only 200 participants and held in one venue in 2011, to having over 2600 participants the last time it was physically held in 2019 in different parts of the Philippines; the Manila Bulletin Sketchfest has grown exponentially to become a nationwide activity and as the signature event of Manila Bulletin. Since its conception, the annual on-the-spot poster making competition has promoted the advocacy of art.

Now in its 11th year, the Manila Bulletin Sketchfest continues to attract students, art enthusiasts of all ages, and creative groups from all over the Philippines. The last two years have proven to be challenging, but Manila Bulletin was able to adapt by going online, and by even adding a digital art category.

This year, not only will Sketchfest have a physical event, it will again host three legs nationwide: SM Seaside Cebu on September 17, 2022, SM City Davao on October 1, 2022, and SM Mall of Asia on October 22, 2022. This year’s theme is “Saving Earth” which reemphasizes the importance of the environment and its conservation.

There will again be three categories: On-the-Spot, Digital, and Exhibition. On-the-Spot will have three sub-categories: Kiddie, Junior, and Senior. Participants may join one category only.

“Through Sketchfest 2022, the Manila Bulletin seeks to promote Saving Earth which is every Filipino’s responsibility. Young artists will express solidarity with the nation in sustaining the environment that is our collective shield in taming the harsh effects of global warming and climate change. We are committed to cultivate their artistic talents and provide a venue for their work to be recognized,” says Manila Bulletin Publisher Sonny Coloma.

Participants can win as much as P50,000 worth of prizes, and round trip tickets for two to any domestic destination.

Registration to the event is now open and is FREE. To join Manila Bulletin Sketchfest 2022 just simply log on to Sketchfest 2022’s official website https://sketchfest2022.mb.com.ph

Manila Bulletin would like to thank its Sketchfest 2022 partners, SM Seaside Cebu, SM City Davao, SM Mall of Asia, AirAsia, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Palacio de Memoria, and National Museum of the Philippines.

I. Registration
A. Pre-Event
Participants may pre-register online. For On-the-Spot category, online registration for Cebu starts on July 25 until Sept. 9. Those who prefer to register on-site, it will be held on the day of the event, Sept. 17 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 nn at the same venue, City Wing of SM Seaside. For those who are in Davao, online registration will start on Aug. 11 to Sept. 24 and the event is set on Oct. 1 at SM City Annex in Davao. On-site registration is also available on the same day from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 nn. For the Manila leg, online registration starts on Sept. 1 to Oct. 15 with the actual event happening on Oct. 22 at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia. On-site registration is also available on the day of the competition from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 nn. 

For those who are interested in joining the Digital and Exhibition categories, online registration is from July 25 to Aug. 25 while submission starts from Sept. 1 to 30. Entries for the Digital category will only be accepted until Sept. 30 11:59 p.m.  For the Exhibition category, Manila Bulletin will accept the physical entries from Monday to Friday, except holidays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Participants must visit sketchfest2022.mb.com.ph and click on the button for your chosen category.

Read the mechanics thoroughly.

To register, fill out the necessary information needed for each field. Do not skip or leave a blank field. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the participant’s e-mail address to acknowledge your registration.

Download and print out the waiver and registration forms and submit it together with one valid ID with birthdate (gov’t, school or company ID) on the day of your participation or submission.

II. Categories
On-the-Spot
Kiddie (Children 12 years old and below)
Junior (13 to 18 years old)
Senior (19 years old and above)
Digital Category (open to all ages)
Exhibition Category (16 years old and above)

III. Criteria
Adherence – relevance to the theme 40%
Creativity – artistic design 35%
Originality – unique and fresh idea 25%

IV. Prizes
On-the-Spot category

Senior:
1st place – P30,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
2nd place – P20,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
3rd place – P10,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates

Junior
1st place – P15,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
2nd place – P10,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
3rd place – P5,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates

Kiddie:
1st place – P5,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
2nd place – P3,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
3rd place – P2,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates

Special Prize: Air Asia #AlwaysREDy Award 
One winner of two round-trip tickets to any domestic destination, subject to terms and conditions, will be awarded in Cebu, Davao, and Manila consecutively.

Digital category
1st place – P30,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
2nd place – P20,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
3rd place – P10,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
7 consolation – P2,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates

Exhibition category
1st place – P50,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
2nd place – P30,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
3rd place – P20,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates
17 Consolation – P2,000 worth of cash and/or gift certificates

V. Contest Proper
A. On-the-Spot: (For Cebu, Davao, and Manila)
a. On-site registration
Participants may also register on the day of the event from 7:00a.m. to 9:30a.m. On-site registrants must fill out the official waiver and registration forms and present one valid ID with birthday (gov’t, school or company ID) upon registration.
b. The Manila Bulletin will provide the official sketching paper (12×18 inches) for all categories upon registration.
c. All participants should bring their own sketching and drawing tools for dry media only. Painting is not allowed.
d. Participants will be given five (5) hours, from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. to do their artworks based on their interpretation of the theme “Saving Earth.”
e. Participants must work on their drawings only within the designated event area.
f. Only entries drawn/sketched during the contest day shall be considered valid entries.
g. Upon completion of artwork, participants are encouraged to take a photo with their artwork and pos it on their social media accounts with the caption “I am part of #MBSketchfest2022, #MBSavingEarth and tag @manilabulletin before submitting their artwork.
h. Judging period will be at 3:30pm with the presence of a DTI representative. Announcement of winners and awarding of prizes will immediately follow.
i. There will be three (3) winners for each sub-category, and an AirAsia special award for each leg.
j. The “AirAsia #AlwaysREDy” special award will be given to the artwork that best visually captures AirAsia and the essence of their #AlwaysREDy campaign. Both On-the-spot winners and non-winners are eligible to qualify for the award. The recipient of the award will be chosen by a representative nominated by AirAsia.

B. Digital category
a. All entries must be digitally drawn in portrait format.
b. Each artist may submit one (1) entry only. Artworks should be original based on their interpretation of the theme “Saving Earth.”
c. All entries must be 3600 x 5400 pixels,18”(H) x 12”(W), 300 DPI resolution and should be in jpeg format.
d. All artworks should be uploaded through the official Sketchfest 2022 website link that was sent to your email after official registration. Participants must submit the following documents:
– Accomplished official waiver and registration form
– File of digital artwork 3600 x 5400 pixels (18×12 inches, 300 DPI, jpeg)
– Participants photo with their artwork
– Title of Artwork
– Follow this format in assigning a File name to your entry. It should be should be “surname_first name_ title of artwork. Ex. Dela Cruz_Juan_Matanglawin_Digital
– Uploading of entries with all necessary documents is from Sept. 1 to 30, 2022 until 11:59 p.m.
– On October 22, 2022, participants are encouraged to post a picture of their artwork in social media with the caption “I am part of the #MBSketchfest2022, #MBSavingEarth” and tag @manilabulletin.

C. Exhibition category
a. This category is open to any medium. Entries should be 18 x 24-inch size in any orientation (portrait or landscape), wall bound and ready to hang.
b. Artists are encouraged to take a photo with their artwork prior to submission and for verification.
c. Artworks should be original based on their interpretation of the theme “Saving Earth.”
d. Submit your artwork together with the print-out of the waiver and registration forms at the Manila Bulletin main office at Muralla cor. Recoletos Sts., Intramuros, Manila.
e. Submission of entries is from Sept. 1 to 30, 2022 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) except on holidays.
f. In case of framed artwork, frame borders must not be more than two inches and weight must not be more than 2.5 kilos.
g. On Oct. 22, 2022, participants are encouraged to post a picture of their artwork on social media with the caption “I am part of the #MBSketchfest2022, #MBSavingEarth,” and tag @manilabulletin.

VI. Disqualification: (Digital and Exhibition categories)
An entry will be disqualified in case of the following:
a. All late artworks.
b. Not following the given requirements including age, size, and weight.
c. Works that are obscene or may discriminate against any group, culture, beliefs, and integrity of others.
d. Works using any dangerous, illegal/prohibitive, hazardous materials, and substances.
e. Unfinished works including wet works or with incomplete documentation.
f. Works that are copied from other artists will be treated as plagiarized artwork.
g. For the Digital category, animation, motions, and other sub-classification of digital art that cannot be rendered to print are disqualified from the contest.
h. For the Exhibition category, artworks which are fragile or brittle.
i. Employees of the Manila Bulletin including their relatives up to the third degree of consanguinity or affinity are not eligible to join the contest.

VII. Pre-judging: (For Digital and Exhibition categories)
a. Validating of qualified entries will be done by Manila Bulletin’s representatives and judges.
b. Pre-judging of qualified and validated entries and determination of finalists will be on Oct. 7, 2022 (Friday) at 2:00 p.m. at the Manila Bulletin Head Office with the presence of a DTI Representative.
c. There will be ten semi-finalist in the Digital category and Top 20 semi-finalist in the Exhibition category.
d. All semi-finalists are no longer allowed to join the on-the-spot contest on Oct. 22, 2022 (Friday).
e. All semi-finalists’ artworks will be exhibited during the on-the-spot contest.
f. All semi-finalists are encouraged to be present on Oct. 22, 2022.

VIII. Announcement of winners and distribution of prizes
a. On-the-spot and AirAsia Special Award winners in Cebu and Davao will be announced immediately after each event proper.
b. On-the-spot Manila, AirAsia Special Award Manila, Digital and Exhibition category winners will all be announced on Oct. 22, 2022 (Saturday) at the Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia.
c. A consolation prize will be given to the non-winning finalists.
d. A 20% tax on prizes exceeding ₱10,000 shall be shouldered by the winners.
e. To claim prizes, winners must bring the original copy of their two (2) valid ID’s with birthdate (gov’t, school or company ID) together with the RED (Artist Copy) Form and a photo with their artwork during the awarding ceremony.
f. All semi-finalists will be announced via Manila Bulletin’s official Facebook page, e-mail, text message, and registered mail.
g. All prizes must be claimed within 60 days upon receipt of notification, otherwise unclaimed prizes will be forfeited with prior approval of DTI.
h. All artworks submitted for judging shall become the property of the Manila Bulletin, which is in no obligation to return the artwork.
i. All winning artworks, including the Top 10 for Digital category and Top 20 Exhibition category will be automatically become the property of the Manila Bulletin and the ownership, copyright and the intellectual property rights pertaining to the winning artwork, shall be deemed automatically assigned to the Manila Bulletin without any payment or reimbursement for the value of thereof.

IX. Retrieval of entries (for Exhibition category)
a. All artworks which do not qualify as 20 semi-finalists must be retrieved at the Manila Bulletin’s main office from Nov. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays) on a pre-scheduled basis.
b. The artist must present their forms and valid identification cards to the authorized Manila Bulletin personnel to claim his/her entry. No forms, no release of artwork.
c. Entries not collected on designated dates shall automatically become property of the Manila Bulletin, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights thereof.

For inquiries you may call +63(2)85278121 loc. 308.
DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-147376 Series of 2022

 
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