The Manila Digital Mural Art Contest by Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation (TLDC) recognized the creativity of young student-artists as they encapsulated fragments of Manila’s history and heritage, beliefs and tradition, arts and culture into original physical artworks.
Themed Rediscover the City of Manila Through Art, the competition challenged the homegrown talents of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) to showcase their skills through diverse forms. These include photo-painting and computer-generated painting, dynamic painting, hybrid paintings, wall art, fractal/algorithmic art, 2D and 3D computer graphics, pixel art, vector drawing, integrated or mixed media art.
A panel of cultural experts, established artists and professional artist-educators meticulously handpicked five designs. These will be transformed into scene-stealing frescos to be installed on the walls and spaces of lyf, the newest co-residential property to be managed by The Ascott Limited.
Complementing the modern, fresh, and Instagram-worthy interiors of lyf, the pieces, channeling the rich heritage of the city, aim to foster inspiration and imagination to the guests and travelers.
This is Manila and Rise by Benilde Architecture student Januel Adrei Pitoy will don the Connect Lounge and Social Lounge, respectively.
The works, which both picture a young artist painting colors into the cityscapes of the metro, portrays the student’s vision to utilize art in enlightening his fellow Filipinos and giving life and value to his surroundings.
The images capture the hustle and bustle of Manila and feature its historic landmarks, such as the Manila City Hall Clock Tower, Rizal Park, and Jones Bridge among many others.
Two entries from Benilde Multimedia Arts student John Benedict Mangco likewise emerged as winners.
Kape para kay…, which highlights the Tagalog word malinamnam, will serve as the backdrop of the Coffee Kiosk. This monochromatic art displays the rich and diverse coffee tradition in the Philippines, whether it be through a 3-in-1 sachet, the quick-to-go convenience store, or fancy drips from sophisticated equipment.
Maynila, another piece by Mangco, will find its home at the Roof Deck. It spotlights the words Perla del Oriente (Pearl of the Orient), as a reminder that the capital was once known as Southeast Asia’s beautiful gem. Manila in Baybayin script, as a nod to the country’s pre-colonial writing system. It also celebrates the city as a hub for millennials as well as a melting pot of Filipinos with different personalities, cultures, and beliefs.
Benilde Multimedia Arts students Albertha Dorado and Mikhayla Renee Harlea’s collaborative entry Larga will adorn Private Working Pods. This eye-catching design pays homage to the Filipinos who work hard for the future of their families, to include jeepney drivers, street food vendors, inihaw stall operators, sorbetes cart manongs and the magtataho.
In addition to having their artworks featured in lyf, the winners will likewise receive cash prizes.