Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Gov. Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. and Dr. Jaime Laya, Chair of the BSP Cultural Properties Acquisition Advisory Committee, awarded the cash prize of P500,000.00 to Gary Custodio as the first prize winner of the BSP Tanaw Art Competition. From Kalibo, Aklan, Custodio bested 189 other entries, 158 from NCR/Luzon, 23 from Visayas and 8 from Mindanao, with his watercolor The Rebuilders. Second prize winner Melvin Culaba from NCR received P300,000.00 for his oil painting Unresolved while third place winner Brave Singh from Bantay, Ilocos Sur received P200,000.00 for his oil painting Pagsabay sa mga Hakbang ng Ating mga Pangarap.
Shown in photo before the winning piece are, from left, Dr. Laya; Gov. Tetangco; Custodio; competition judges Mercedes Lopez-Vargas of the Lopez Museum; Dr. Patrick Flores of the UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters; and Olivier Dintinger, former director of Alliance Francaise de Manille. Other judges are visual artist Nona Garcia and art connoisseur Paulino Que.
The three winning pieces and other finalists are on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila from 17 February to 30 April 2011.