“The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will.”


Last February 7, the University of the Philippines Cebu Fine Arts Program held the 44th National Artist Jose Joya Awards at the aptly named Jose Joya Gallery in the Undergraduate Building of the University of the Philippines Cebu, Lahug, Cebu City.

The Top 3 winners are: 1st: “Filius Fabri” by Wilfred A. Alinsug III 2nd: “Tono’ha Kana!” by Enric Carl I. Callangan 3rd: “Dual Magisterium” by Job Van P. Yap.

The annual Jose Joya Awards is a testament to the late National Artist Jose T. Joya who, as Dean of the UP College of Fine Arts in Diliman, played a major role in generating art and culture awareness among Cebuano students.

Through the annual awards, UP Cebu Fine Arts students get to showcase their works and the winning student-artists receive cash prizes and medals for their achievements.

This year is the 44th anniversary of the prestigious competition, providing a platform for young artists to use art as an avenue to shed light on societal issues and to continue the promotion of art making for various purposes.

The exhibit runs until March 6, 2020, and is open to the public. Many of the artworks are also for sale, so drop by and take part in supporting the art scene in Cebu.