Pilipinas Shell turns over the winning masterpieces of the Shell art program to Ayala Foundation.
More than 200 winning masterpieces of the Shell art program were turned over to Ayala Foundation and is now part of the Ayala Museum collection as Pilipinas Shell celebrated its 50th anniversary. The ceremony was held in Ayala Museum, Makati City to officially mark the occasion.
President and CEO, Cesar Romero was present in the signing together with Ramon del Rosario, Vice President for External and Government Relations, Pilipinas Shell; Ruel Maranan, President, Ayala
Foundation; and Mariles Gustilo, senior director for Arts & Culture, Ayala Foundation. Fernando de Ayala, President and COO, Ayala Corporation also participated to witness the signing.
With the gift of the significant pieces of Filipino contemporary workmanship, Shell has made piece of its 50-year legacy open to the public through Ayala Museum.
The National Students Art Competition (NSAC), Shell’s art program, began in 1951. More than 38,000 college students have joined the art challenge and from it rose a portion of the country’s best talents, including national artist Jose Joya, Frederico Aguilar Alcuaz, AngKiukok and BenCab, and rising young artists like Ronald Ventura, Rodel Tapaya and Leeroy Bew.
Earliest pieces from 1955 were also part of the turned over collection together with other works that includes pieces from different categories-oil/acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, calendar, and digital fine arts.
Ayala Foundation has been partners with Pilipinas Shell in presenting the 100 finalists of the annual competition through a two-week exhibition held at Ayala Museum since 2005.
Romero said that the collection is their contribution to national history and to the Philippine arts and culture. The collection will be showcased annually for everyone to see and appreciate at Ayala Museum. According to Maranan, the existing partnership between Ayala Foundation through Ayala Museum and Pilipinas Shell furthers their cause of nation-building through arts & culture.
The said contribution is very much aligned with Ayala Foundation’s vision of forming communities where people are creative, productive, and proud to be Filipino.
Ayala Foundation and Ayala Museum hopes that making the collection accessible to the public will bring feelings of joy and wonder, spark curiosity, and create a feeling of pride in the country’s art and culture as well as with young Filipino talents.