Japanese brand collaborates with local art school, Pinoy artists for first-ever bag painting competition

Published August 11, 2022, 3:08 PM

by MB Business

Japanese backpack brand, anello, put the spotlight on the Philippines’ colorful festivities and diverse flora and fauna at the culminating activity of the brand’s 5th anniversary on Friday, July 29, 2022 at the @Tokyo Store PH in Uptown Mall BGC.

Wrapping up the brand’s first-ever bag painting competition is the grand Fine Art Bag Exhibit featuring over 50 delicately and intricately-designed anello bags by our very own local artists. This exhibit housed at the flagship store will run until July 31, 2022.

Present during the ribbon cutting of the Exhibit are anello Director, Marnie Chua; anello Creative Director, Hiroshi Takemoto; Rozelle Reig of GK College, anello Brand Directorm Meiko Hamasu; and GK College’s Fine Arts Department Dean and multi-awarded Filipino fine artist, Professor Aladin Antiqueño.

Making a lasting partnership with Global Knowledge College

Marking its fifth year in the Philippines, anello collaborated with Global Knowledge College and various Filipino artists for the Paint-Your-Bag Contest. Each unique, hand-painted anello bag showcased the beauty of the Philippine heritage and biodiversity and highlighted Pinoy artists’ ingenuity and creativity.

Global Knowledge College is one of the country’s premier art schools. It is recognized nationwide for being one of the best in the field of realism and traditional painting. The school provided the 2-Year Fine Arts Degree scholarship grant to the competition’s winners as well as training discount vouchers at GK College of Fine Arts.

During the three-leg Paint-Your-Bag Contest, GK College’s Fine Arts Department Dean and multi-awarded Filipino fine artist, Professor Aladin Antiqueño shared a lot of insights to the participants. He was also one of the judges along with the representatives of GK College’s Fine Arts Department, United Fine Artists of the Philippines, Philippine Art Restorers Society of the Philippines and Asia, and anello’s Creative Director, Mr. Hiroshi Takemoto who chose the winners at the culminating event.

Celebrating the talent and skills of Filipino artists

More than it being a competition, Paint-Your-Bag was a celebration of the talent and skills of Filipino artists.

Santiago Balase emerged as a winner with his “Ugnayan” bag design concept. Meanwhile, “Kurales” of Oliver P. Ornido Kurales and “Look and Listen” of Albert Cabagay were selected as the runners up for the bag painting contest.