Filipino artist places first in UN art competition

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) held a painting contest on environment with participants from 99 countries. A thirteen-year-old Filipino artist, Trisha Co Reyes, bagged first place, winning a scholarship grant from the Philippine government.


Reyes received a four-year college scholarship grant in any college or university endorsed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The scholarship grant covers tuition and other school fees for regular semesters and summer courses, a monthly stipend worth Php 3,000, a book and school supplies allowance of Php 1,500 per semester and Php 700.00 per summer course, and a research allowance of Php 10,000.


DENR secretary Ramon Paje gave Reyes a plaque of recognition during a ceremony at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. The agency recognized Reyes's achiement in garnering the top prize in the International Children's Painting Competition on Environment hosted by the UNEP.


Reyes’s achievement is “another resonant Filipino voice, telling the world of the Filipino’s aspiration for a more secure, prosperous and life-sustaining world,” Paje said. “Once again, another Filipino has proudly raised and waved the Philippine flag across the world.”


Paje also said that, “In truth, this scholarship grant pales in comparison to what she has already accomplished early in life through her art.”


The contest's theme of “Life in the Forest” was presented in Reyes's illustration, depicting a girl looking at colorful plants and animals which form to two curtains, behind which are polluted images of an environment.


According to Reyes's mother, Conchita, this achievement has been the most rewarding in terms of prestige and financial benefits of the 70 awards Reyes has received since she started joining art contests ten years ago.




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